United Church of Strafford, Vermont

Category: Pastoral Letters


Message from Mark Kutolowski: Spiritual Opportunities of the Pandemic

The spiritual opportunities of the COVID-19 Coronoavirus pandemic By Mark Kutolowski I write two days after the World Health Organization has declared the worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus a global pandemic. News about this virus is dominating national and…

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Pastoral Letter: Inspiration for this Wilderness, 2020

Dear Church Family, I am going to share on this page the resources you send me that are inspiring you or comforting you or making you laugh, whatever is helping you get through this wilderness of Lent, pandemic, financial and…

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Pastoral Letter on Coronavirus Preparedness Updated 3/7/20

Dear Church Family, The United Church of Christ has a page on their website with useful information and links for updates on the coronavirus.  You can find it by clicking here. The first piece of advice from the UCC is…

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Pastoral Letter: Discussion Opportunity on Town Meeting Climate Resolution

Dear Neighbors, We will be voting at our March 3rd Town Meeting on a Resolution to Declare a Climate Emergency.  It says in part that the town will “Commit to integrating the need to act urgently on climate into all…

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Pastoral Letter Part II on King’s Call for Unconditional Love

Dear neighbors, I wrote last week about the sign in front of our church that quotes the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Unconditional love for all, now an absolute necessity for our survival. MLK Jr. You can read what…

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Pastoral Letter on King’s Call for Unconditional Love

Dear Neighbors, The message on the signboard in front of the United Church of Strafford right now is a bit cryptic so I thought I would share a little background on it if you are curious.  It reads: Unconditional love…

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Sermon from January 19, 2020, Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday

God Has a Dream Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont January 19, 2019 Second Sunday after Epiphany, Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday Isaiah 49; Luke 4:14-21 We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values….

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Pastoral Letter: What is Greatness?

Dear neighbors, Democracy, equality, civil rights, rule of law, freedom, decency, honesty–so many of our core American values are under attack, it will require us rising to true greatness to save and restore them. The earth’s fragile environment on which…

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Pastoral Letter: Resources for a Nonviolent Social Justice-Environmental Movement

Dear wider church family, I am preparing to introduce the Rev. Jim Antal and a Unitarian-Universalist climate event in Norwich tomorrow.  I will be co-leading a workshop with the Rev. Telos Whitfield of the Strafford UU church, talking about what…

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Christmas Eve Services 2019

Dear neighbors, I have heard how much this town loves its Christmas Eve service, and I am glad because I love it, too.  One person in town talks with glistening eyes about coming out of the late night service into…

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