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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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Gus Speth Reflection, November 12, 2020

We invited Gus Speth to offer some post-election thoughts about where we go from here on our way to creating a loving, sustainable, healthy, just world—what we call the realm of God on earth.  It will help you appreciate the…

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Sermon from October 11, 2020

Only Light Can Do ThatRev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, VermontOctober 11, 2020   Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Isaiah 25:6-9; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 5:3-16 [You can watch a video recording of this sermon at the end of this text…

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Sermon from October 4, 2020

Think About These Things: Another World Is PossibleRev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, VermontOctober 4, 2020   Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Isaiah 11:1-9; Philippians 4:8-9; John 17:20-23 [You can watch a video recording of this sermon at the end…

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Sermon from September 27, 2020

Get Yourselves a New Heart and a New Mind Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont September 27, 2020   Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Ezekiel 18:30-32; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 15:10-11, 17-20 [You can watch a video recording of this…

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Sermon from September 20, 2020

Courage in the Struggle Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont September 20, 2020   Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Jonah 3:10-4:11; Philippians 1:21-30 and Matthew 14:22-33 [You can watch a video recording of this sermon at the end of…

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Sermon from July 19, 2020

Finding the Guidance and Power We Need Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont July 19, 2020   Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Romans 8; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 [You can watch a video recording of this sermon at the end…

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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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