United Church of Strafford, Vermont

Category: Pastoral Letters


Pastoral Letter, December 6, 2019 Climate Strike

Dear Neighbors, Please come out again this Friday if you were one of the 100 people who stood in front of Barrett Hall on September 20th for Strafford’s first Climate Strike. I hope that all those who have stood or…

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Pastoral Letter on the Need for a Nonviolent Movement

Dear neighbors, I am making a personal appeal to you. Jesus, John the Baptist and the ancient Hebrew prophets before them were all part of a nonviolent movement to change human civilization to be the realm of God on earth,…

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Pastoral Letter on Strafford Climate Emergency Resolution and Vermont Legislators

Dear neighbors, Greta Thunberg says that we do not yet have the politics we need to deal with the climate emergency, and she is right on the national and global levels.  We need to elect leaders who are committed to…

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Save Fuel and Stay Warm this Winter with Window Inserts

Dear Church Family, Please consider making your home more energy efficient for this heating season and please especially share this information with lower income neighbors! Save Fuel and Stay Warm this Winter with Window Inserts The Strafford Energy & Climate…

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Pastoral Letter: Emergency Response

Dear Neighbors, If your car stalls on a steep hill and you start rolling backwards, immediately you put on the emergency brake. If a consensus of conservative science says that you have very little time left to save the world…

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Pastoral Letter: Why Strike 9/20 if Climate Is Not Your First Concern

Dear Neighbors, What is happening to our climate will affect everyone in negative ways—in fact it already is, and the forecast is for rapid escalation.  Today’s children will feel it the most, but if you are in your 60s or…

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Pastoral Letter: Support the Children, Join the Global Climate Strike

Dear Friends, I am writing to urge you to join your neighbors who will be gathering outside Barrett Hall on Friday, September 20th from 7:30 to 9:30 AM to participate in the Global Climate Strike. You can read more about…

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Pastoral Letter: We Are Being Asked to Make a Commitment

Dear Strafford Neighbors, Our whole community celebrated a service at the Town House on Sunday morning, September 1st, where both the Universalist Society and Congregational Church of Strafford first held their services. The people who built the Town House had…

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Pastor’s Report 2019

You can read Pastor Tom Kinder’s summary of the year between our September Annual Meetings by clicking on this file: Pastor’s Report 2019

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Pastoral Letter on “Silence in the Face of Evil”

Dear Church Family, Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Bonhoeffer was a Christian pastor, theologian and seminary professor in Nazi Germany on…

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