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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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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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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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Advent Activites 2019


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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This I Believe

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?

– Jean Jacques Rousseau

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

– Mother Teresa

Kindness is like snow, it beautifies everything it covers.

– Kahlil Gibran

November 24, 2019
This I Believe presentation by Ginny Hauser and Tricia Grantham

Ginny’s presentation text: This I Believe

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