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Pastoral Letter on the Golden Rule and Fundamentalism, January 16, 2021

Dear Church Family, All religions I know of have some form of the Golden Rule at their core, meaning a love of neighbor as an extension of our own self, and the concept of neighbor includes strangers, enemies and the…

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Reflection from January 14, 2021

[You can watch a video recording of this sermon above, you can read the text below, and you can download or print a pdf of the text by clicking here: 1-14-21 sermon pdf Courage in the Struggle   Rev. Thomas Cary…

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Sermon from November 22, 2020

I Will Save My Flock: They Shall No Longer Be RavagedRev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, VermontNovember 22 2020   Twenty-fifth and Last Sunday after Pentecost,Reign of Christ SundayPsalm 95:1-7a; Ezekiel 34:11-12, 14-16, 20-22; Matthew 25:31-46 [You can watch…

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Sermon from September 6, 2020

Sentinel, Do Not Fret Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont September 6, 2020   Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm 37:1-9; Matthew 6:5-6, 24, 27-34 [You can watch a video recording of this sermon at the end…

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Sermon from August 2, 2020

Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled vs. Jesus Wept Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont August 2, 2020   Ninth Sunday after Pentecost John 11:25-36; 14:1-6a, 27 [You can watch a video recording of this sermon at…

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Call to Worship and Mel Goertz’s Haiku, August 2, 2020

[You can watch a video recording of this Call to Worship at the end of this text. To see the entire service, click here.] Teaching One: “Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled vs. Jesus Wept”—Call to Worship and Mel…

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Sermon from July 26, 2020

The Spirit Intercedes: If God Is For Us, Who Is Against Us? Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont July 26, 2020   Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-46 [You can watch a video recording of…

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Anti-Racism Pastoral Letter July 18, 2020

Dear Church Family, I am writing to make sure you are aware of three things relating to the struggle for social, economic and environmental justice in the Spirit of Christ. First, Rep. John Lewis has died, someone who risked his…

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Anti-racism Events in Strafford

Below is an updated list of current or upcoming anti-racism events in Strafford: Current Events To read about a September-October 2020 film series and set of panels on racism and elections click here. Past Events To read a July 18,…

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Anti-racism Strafford Event June 25, 2020

June 25th Strafford Action Supporting Black Lives Matter and a Just and Fair America   Our congregation will be participating in a Strafford action organized by Susan Cloke.  It will take place on the month anniversary of the murder of George…

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