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Dark Sky, Bright Stars

Rev. Steve Van Kuiken
March 29, 2020

Sermon text: Dark Sky, Bright Stars

How Nature Prays

A Mourning Dove I be, small, grayish-brown with spotted tail,
A tiny dash of pink beneath my chin,
And though I mourn, I coo a song of courage through the pain,
to bravely never-mind what might have been.
Good God, beneath the mystery of sorrow and despair,
We also hear a clear creative call.
So doves accept the role of making music out of pain,
Yet adding tones of hope beneath it all.

—William Cleary

March 8, 2020
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

Sermon text: How Nature Prays

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Our Spiritual Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage in its truest sense is religiously motivated travel for the purpose of meeting and experiencing God with hopes of being shaped and changed by that encounter. 

—Arthur Paul Boers, The Way is made by Walking

Rev. Steve Van Kuiken
March 1, 2020

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What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.

—T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”

Rev. Steve Van Kuiken
February 23, 2020

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The Face of God

Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things.
Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God.
Every creature is a word of God.
—Meister Eckhart

February 9, 2020
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

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The Perfect Memory of God

What is done in the world is transformed into a reality in heaven, and the reality in heaven passes back into the world.  By reason of this reciprocal relation, the love in the world passes into the love in heaven, and floods back again into the world.

Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality

February 2, 2020
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

Sermon text: The Perfect Memory of God

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Beyond Tolerance

The quickest way to lose your humanity is to tolerate the intolerable.

—William Sloane Coffin

January 26, 2020
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

Sermon text: Beyond Tolerance

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Self Care for Activists

The great illusion of leadership is to think that someone can be led out of the desert by someone who has never been there.

― Henri J.M. Nouwen

January 19, 2020
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

Sermon text: Self Care for Activists

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Perhaps

In the quietness of this place, surrounded by the all-pervading presence of the Holy, my heart whispers: Keep fresh before me the moments of my High Resolve, that in good times or in tempests, I may not forget that to which my life is committed. Keep fresh before me the moments of my high resolve.
—Howard Thurman

January 12, 2020
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

Sermon text: Perhaps

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Stop the War

As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the sity, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace-but not it is hidden from your eyes.”

January 5, 2020
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

Sermon: Stop the War

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