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Sermon from January 12, 2020

“New Things I Now Declare” Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont January 12, 2019 First Sunday after Epiphany, Baptism of Christ Psalm 29; Isaiah 42:1-9; Matthew 3:13-17 The passage from Isaiah sounds like God narrating a home…

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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: 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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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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Urgent Church Vote on the Green New Deal 

Here is an urgent message from Vermont Conference UCC Minister, Lynn Bujnak, followed by a message from Pastor Tom Kinder: With the unanimous support of the Board of Directors and the Department of Justice and Witness Ministries (formerly Department of…

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Sermon from December 23, 2018, Mary Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Advent

Blessed Is She Who Believed There Would Be a Fulfillment Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont December 23, 2018       Fourth Sunday of Advent, Sunday of Love, Mary Sunday Luke 1:26-55 William Sloane Coffin quoted a Yale…

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Gus Speth and the Children’s Climate Lawsuit

Dear Church Family, Gus Speth spoke in worship on Sunday, December 9th, the Advent Sunday of Peace.  He talked about the children’s climate lawsuit in federal court that he is serving as an expert witness.  You can read about the…

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Sermon from November 25, 2018

They Will Not Hurt or Destroy on All My Holy Mountain Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont November 25, 2018 Twenty-seventh and Last Sunday after Pentecost, Reign of Christ Sunday Isaiah 11; Matthew 25:31-40 It is June…

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Sermon from September 30, 2018

Have Salt in Yourselves Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, Vermont September 30, 2018 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 19:7-14; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50 All three scripture passages today are challenging, and yet also contain wisdom that can…

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