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Reflections of the ministers and senior staff.
Grief and the Holiday Season
Rev. Jim Lewis
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Grief can move in unexpected ways, often rising up seemingly out of nowhere, reminding us of pain and loss. However, even while being unpredictable and individual, one aspect of the grief experience that is more common than not is the challenge of anniversaries.  These might be the anniversary of the day of death, birthdays, marriage, or any e
The Generosity Donation Library
Rev. Jim Lewis
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Have you seen those mini-libraries on the side of the road? They often have books in them and the concept is that you can take a book if one looks good, but also you can leave a book if you have one to donate. I sometimes think of generosity the same way. Especially when I give something of myself and someone responds "I owe you one" or "I'll pay y
The Heritage of Grief
Rev. Jim Lewis
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This morning, I sit and type in a Waffle House. Growing up, Waffle House was where my Grandma Jeanette and I would often go to breakfast when I was visiting her. I still remember the songs she would choose on the Waffle House jukebox! And the flavor of Waffle House pancakes is still very specifically delightful to my tastebuds. She was my favorite
Welcoming the New and the Familiar
Rev. Jim Lewis
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In the past year or so, I have often reflected about the newness which we are welcoming into our lives, especially as we move forward from the most intense points of isolation connected to COVID-19. This week at ERUUF it was moving to two services each Sunday, a cause for much celebration! While there are many aspects of newness in all avenues of l
“What If? Pastoral Care, Religious Exploration, and Creativity”
Rev. Jim Lewis
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What if? It felt like such a powerful tool. As a child in the 80s, one of my friends favorite games was “Monster Shop.” The premise: what if we were all shopkeepers during the day, but turned into monsters at night and chased each other? It seems like potentially an odd game when I think back on it, but it was our favorite. It required creativity,
January: Jubiliant, Jumbled, or Just So-So
Rev. Jim Lewis
Holding Hearts
Growing up, my mother was always wary of January. She noticed that every year, she would be excited to prepare for and celebrate the December holidays. Then suddenly, when January arrived, all the excitement dissipated. We were left with cold, snowy landscapes and a strong dose of Missouri monotony.