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Advent Day 21: Christmas in California

This new Christmas song by the Rev. Vince Anderson is an autobiographical tale of the Rev.’s Christmas past, and his hope for the present and the future. The Rev. grew up in Fresno, California and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. In the spirit of the holiday and as a tribute to his two hometowns, all proceeds from this track will be donated…

Advent Day 13: The Uncertainty Of Waiting

The Advent Day 13 reflection comes from the writings of Thomas Merton. Waiting always involves uncertainty, a certain not knowing that is scarcely ever comfortable for us as human beings. This reflection is a reminder that honesty about not knowing is it’s own spiritual practice.   “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the…

Advent Day 9: Advent Reflection

Prepare Strange how one word will so hollow you out. But this word has been in the wilderness for months. Years. This word is what remained after everything else was worn away by sand and stone. It is what withstood the glaring of sun by day, the weeping loneliness of the moon at night. Now it comes to you racing out of…

Advent Day 5: “Mosaic of the Nativity,” Jane Kenyon

On the domed ceiling God  is thinking: I made them my joy, and everything else I created I made to bless them. But see what they do! I know their hearts and arguments: “We’re descended from Cain. Evil is nothing new, so what does it matter now if we shell the infirmary, and the well where the fearful and rash alike must…

Advent Day 1: Daily Advent Reflections

Today is the first day of Advent. Advent is traditionally understood to be a season of waiting, of reflection and anticipation. In North America, it also falls during the darkest period of the year. We wander in darkness as we wait for the renewal and hope that Jesus’ birth embodies. Once again this year we’ll be…

Sunday Visitors Share about Housing Insecurity and Staying Homeful

In this morning’s service we welcomed Kercena Dozier, the Director of Community Relations for the city’s Department of Homeless Services, and Amy Nunez, an advocate from the city’s Homebase program. They shared with us strong and educational testimonies about keeping community members in their homes and ending veteran homelessness, emphasizing the role of local congregations like…

Welcome Pastor Anna!

On Sunday we welcomed Pastor Anna Flowers to our congregation. She’ll be serving as our Minister of Children and Families, as well as drawing upon her skills and experience in communications and administration to serve and grow our church. You can learn more about her and her ministry on her bio page.