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Sermon from March 22, 2020

Live As Children of Light Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont March 22, 2020    Fourth Sunday in Lent Ephesians 5:8-9; John 9 [You can watch a video recording of this sermon at the end of this…

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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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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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