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Sermon Reflection from 12/29/19, Christmas Story-Telling Service

“In the Beginning Was the Word” Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont December 29, 2019    First Sunday of Christmas John 1:1-5, 10-14 This concept came to me during the reading of the lesson from John at the…

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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: 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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Sermon from September 29, 2019

Love Over Fear Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont September 29, 2019 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 146; I John 4:16b-21; Luke 16:19-31 The founder of Dartmouth’s Religion Department died recently.  Fred Berthold was a wise and…

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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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Sermon from July 7, 2019

Prophesy the Glorious Vision Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont July 7, 2019 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 66; Isaiah 66:10-14; Luke 10:1-11 The Hebrew prophets spoke on behalf of God’s universal laws.  They insisted that the…

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Sermon from June 23, 2019

Creating a New Civilization: God’s Realm on Earth, Part II Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont June 23, 2019    Second Sunday after Pentecost Psalms 42 & 43; Romans 12:1-2; Luke 4:14-30; John 15:9-17 Many Christians do not…

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