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Bent Over

by Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper
April 19, 2015

The most lasting achievement of the Farm Workers Movement led by Caesar Chavez, that movement that still makes it almost impossible to drink Gallo’s wine, was the long handled hoe. Instead of bending over to hoe, farm workers got a technology that helped their backs last longer.El Cortito, 24 inches long. Single most potent symbol of what was wrong with farmworkers in California. Banned....

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Couldn’t Prove, Had to Promise

by Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper
April 12, 2015

Surreptitious binaries abound. Good/bad. Male/female. Scriptural Literalism/Scriptural Metaphorism.My goal today is to teach the art of exegesis, better put as the practice of interpretation. Why dress up interpretation into a master’s thesis kind of word, especially when most of us don’t get that far in our daily living. We do interpret all day long. We might even call it an...

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Tabling the Cross (An Easter Exploration)

by Rev. Micah Bucey
April 05, 2015

More than once this week, I’ve been asked what in the world I was going to say on Easter Sunday this year, especially after painting myself, last year, as a bigger fan of the Jesus of Palm Sunday than the Jesus of Easter. I even had to ask myself that question a few times. With my distaste for the atonement theories preached in some other places this morning, I might be the first to...

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Bound and Unbound

by Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper
March 29, 2015

Holy week is about opening and closing, binding and unbinding, tying up and releasing the ties that bind us. How can it be about both? By the magic and mystery of grace and the alchemy of love. We bind by choice not by necessity. We bind by election, not because we need to huddle together for warmth.We should have sung Blest be the Ties that Bind, our hearts in Christian love because...

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