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The Blessing of Trials

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rev. Steve Van Kuiken
July 14, 2019

Text version: The Blessing of Trials

Audio of sermon: Not available this week.

Interdependence Day

Appreciation of Interbeing
by: Thich Nhat Hanh

If you are a poet,
you will see clearly that there is a cloud
floating in this sheet of paper.
Without a cloud there will be no water;
without water the trees cannot grow;
and without trees,
you cannot make paper.
So the cloud is in here.
The existence of this page is dependent
on the existence of a cloud.
Paper and cloud are so close. 

Let us think of other things,
like sunshine.
Sunshine is very important
because the forest cannot grow without sunshine,
and we as humans cannot grow without sunshine.
So the logger needs sunshine in order to cut the tree,
and the tree needs sunshine in order to be a tree.
Therefore, you can see sunshine in this sheet of paper. 

And if you look deeply, with the eyes of a bodhisattva,
with the eyes of those who are awake,
you see not only the cloud and the sunshine in it,
but that everything is here,
the wheat that became the bread for the logger to eat,
the logger’s father–everything is in this sheet of paper… 

This paper is empty of an independent self.
Empty,
in this sense,
means that the paper is full of everything,
the entire cosmos.
The presence of this tiny sheet of paper
proves the presence of the whole cosmos.

Rev. Steve Van Kuiken
July 7, 2019

Text version: Interdependence Day

Audio of sermon: Not available this week

No War With Iran!

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

—Jesus

Rev. Steve Van Kuiken
June 30, 2019

Text version: No War With Iran!

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We Are Sodom Now

I strongly urge us to use the term sodomy to refer to what it really is—oppressing and otherwise not giving a damn about the poor and the immigrants.
—Roger Wolsey

Rev. Steve Van Kuiken
June 23, 2019

Text version: We Are Sodom Now

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Circles of Trust

Rev. Steve Van Kuiken
June 16, 2019

Text version: Circles of Trust

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Faith vs. Fear

Rev. Steve Van Kuiken
June 9, 2019

Text version: Faith vs Fear

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Forget the Future

Rev. Steve Van Kuiken
June 2, 2019

Text version: Forget the Future

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June Communicator

June Communicator

Abortion is Not Murder

Rev. Steve Van Kuiken
May 26, 2019

Text version: Abortion is Not Murder

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Essential Faithful Practices

Rev. Steve Van Kuiken
May 19, 2019

Text version: Essential Faithful Practices

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