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Weight Loss

Many of you have commented positively and asked questions about the weight I have lost in the last 8-9 months. This essay is an attempt to explain what I am doing and why and how it has affected me. 

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 9:37 am in Featured Content.

Life After Resurrection

I love Easter Sunday in worship. The music is beautiful and uplifting. The church is full with members and visitors. All the flowers make for a beautiful sanctuary. Having that time in our service when so many people come forward to sing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah with our choir is just soul-stirring. And in our church this year, we had the tremendous bonus of having that wonderful liturgical art piece appear for the first time on Easter Sunday morning. Easter, and the worship service that Sunday morning, is inspiring to me.

But then what? We don’t live on Easter Sunday every day. Once Easter is past, do things simply revert to the same old world? Or does the fact that Jesus was raised from death change things for us? John Buchanan is the editor of Christian Century Magazine and the former Senior Pastor at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. He wrote an editorial in the April 18, 2012 issue of Christian Century which touched on these questions. The following is part of what he said.



Posted on April 24, 2012 at 10:19 am in Featured Content.

May is "Sustainable Travel to Worship" Month

Each year for the last several years, we, along with other faith communities in Madison and Dane County, have participated in “Sustainable Travel to Worship” month during May. We have encouraged all of us to travel to worship in a more “energy-sustainable” manner than we usually do, in an effort to model behavior that can cut down on petroleum use and environmental pollution. This year, we will be participating in this program once again.


Posted on April 17, 2012 at 9:37 am in Featured Content.

Destroying our Rights to Save Them

This article appeared in the April, 2012 issue of Sojourners, a magazine to which I subscribe.  The author, Sister Deanna Ortiz, OSU, founded the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International, co-authored The Blindfold’s Eyes: My Journey from Torture to Truth, and now serves as Pax Christi USA’s internship director. 



Posted on April 10, 2012 at 11:15 am in Featured Content.

Happy Easter!

Please join us for Worship: Maundy Thursday Service, 7:00pm in the Sanctuary; Good Friday, 12:00pm in the Sanctuary, Early Easter Service, 7:30am in the Chapel followed by a Continental Breakfast in the Student Lounge; and Easter Service at 10:00am in the Sanctuary.


Posted on April 3, 2012 at 9:53 am in Featured Content.

Holy Week Worship

In the worship services from Palm Sunday through Easter, we will remember and think about some of the events in Jesus’ life during this period we call Holy Week.  We hope you will join us regularly for worship during this very special week in the life of the church of Jesus Christ.


Posted on March 27, 2012 at 9:15 am in Featured Content.

Mission Survey

Do you do some kind of mission or charity work? As member of the Capital Campaign Missions Working Group, our goal is to find mission projects that energize our congregation. Accordingly, we want to get a better handle on the kinds of mission work you're passionate about.

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 9:53 am in Featured Content.

Ending the War in Afghanistan

From the Manchester Guardian and Reuters News Agency...

"A US solder has shot dead sixteen Afghan civilians, nine of them children, in a night-time shooting spree in a village outside his base in southern Afghanistan...

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 10:32 am in Featured Content.


​For the past 7 months, I have been participating in a weight management program through the Dean Clinics. It is not really fasting, but it is very low calorie and there was very little normal food involved. My main reason was not religious, but health-related. I have learned several things not specifically health-related through this program; and several of those were highlighted in an article I read in the Christian Reformed Church journal "Perspectives." It is entitled "Why Fast: Ten Contentious Reasons"...

Posted on March 6, 2012 at 10:50 am in Featured Content.

Is Jesus the Messiah of Judaism?

The title of this article, “Is Jesus the Messiah of Judaism?” is also the title of the fourth of the four classes in our Gathering sessions this year. That class will be held on Wednesday, March 21, at 6:20. (The Gathering classes begin/began this week, February 29, and then continue on March 7, March 14, and end on March 21.)  Whether Jesus is the Messiah of Judaism is, in one sense, a question of history. In Jesus’ time, what were the expectations Jewish people had of a Messiah: from their Bible (roughly our Old Testament) and their interpretation of it? Did Jesus fulfill those expectations? Did he, or his followers, re-define them? If so, how? We will deal with those questions in that class.


Posted on February 28, 2012 at 10:58 am in Featured Content.

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