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Posts from the ‘Sermons & Conversations’ Category

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

Sermon text: The Face of God

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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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Herod

God has put down the mighty from their thrones,

and exalted those of low degree;

God has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich God has sent empty away. 

—Mary’s Song, Luke 1:52-53

December 29, 2019
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

Sermon: Herod

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Image: “The Holy Family of the Streets” by Kelly Latimore

 

 

Authentic Happiness

Such people ask, “How can I be happy?”  This is the wrong question, because without the distinction between pleasure and gratification it leads all too easily to a total reliance on shortcuts, to a life of snatching up as many easy pleasures as possible…When an entire lifetime is taken up in the pursuit of the positive emotions, however, authenticity and meaning are nowhere to be found.  The right question is the one Aristotle posed two thousand five hundred years ago:  “What is the good life?”

—Martin Seligman, Authentic Happiness

December 22, 2019
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

Sermon text: Authentic Happiness

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Beyond a Fear-Based Life

When we live in fear, we focus all our attention on the point of danger and lose our capacity to find any courage, security or peace within ourselves.  We become so obsessed by what threatens us that the inner strengths of the heart become inaudible.  Perhaps this is why in the Christian New Testament, the phrase, “Be not afraid,” is found more than three hundred times.
Wayne Muller, Legacy of the Heart

December 15, 2019
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

Sermon text: Beyond a Fear-Based Life

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The Road to Bethlehem

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

—W. B. Yeats

December 1, 2019
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

Sermon text: The Road to Bethlehem

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