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Exploring Faith and Community • Macalester Plymouth United Church September 14, 2020 Rev. Adam Blons Bill Gates, whose foundation focuses on global health issues, started an August 5, 2020 Gates Post blog entry this way: “A global crisis has shocked the world. It is causing a tragic number of deaths, making people afraid to leave home, and leading to economic hardship not seen in…

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Exploring Faith and Community • Macalester Plymouth United Church September 3, 2020 Rev. Corinne Freedman Ellis I follow self-described “clinically depressed motivational speaker” Glennon Doyle on social media, and if you’re a social media person, I’d highly recommend doing the same. She names what so many of us are feeling but perhaps aren’t brave enough…

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Exploring Faith and Community • Macalester Plymouth United Church July 2, 2020 Rev. Adam Blons During one of my first church interviews, I learned about a partnership between a white suburban congregation and an urban African American congregation. The partnership started with a shared Bible study in people’s homes. From there it grew to pulpit exchanges, choir…

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Exploring Faith and Community • Macalester Plymouth United Church July 30, 2020 Rev. Adam Blons The work of the church continues, not just here at Macalester Plymouth United Church, but through our local and national denominations. Both the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA) work on our behalf, advocating for social justice, nurturing the church…

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Exploring Faith and Community • Macalester Plymouth United Church June 12, 2020 Rev. Adam Blons Some say, “Time heals all wounds.” I don’t think that’s quite right. Healing takes time but also a lot of energy. Both.  That is what we are noticing again during this time Megan is recovering from surgery. Even though the surgery and her transition home went well, and she is…

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Exploring Faith and Community • Macalester Plymouth United Church June 4, 2020 Rev. Corinne Freedman Ellis These last couple of weeks have been a time of incredible pain, grief, stress, and trauma in our beloved cities. The primary trauma of the senseless and tragic murder of George Floyd has given way to countless secondary traumas, as centuries of oppression are made manifest…

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Exploring Faith and Community • Macalester Plymouth United Church May 9, 2020Rev. Corinne Freedman Ellis I’d been hearing the buzz about this new Brené Brown podcast, Unlocking Us , for weeks. Brown, a social work professor at the University of Houston, is known for her research on vulnerability. Her popular books include The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly . People I trusted, who I knew were having similar pandemic…