Posts by Lori Leopold

Posts by Lori Leopold

Grumblers

Our scripture this week can be jolting to those of us who are especially devoted to that which is “fair.” It invites us to ponder the nature of God’s grace.

Peace with Justice: Association Without Assimilation

Our California-Pacific Annual Conference has developed and shared a worship service that centers our hearts, minds and spirits on the issues of systemic injustice and racism.  While racism is deeply rooted in the history of our country, our culture, our institutions, our churches and our communities, this year has stirred, troubled and, at times, shattered our hearts in unique ways. God calls us to seek what is right and just for all His children; He calls us to a place…

An Eye for An Eye

“Who do you say that I am?” When Jesus asks this of his disciples, Simon answers without hesitation, and Jesus names him Peter, his “rock.” In your spiritual journey, have you sensed a “change of name” or a change of identify?
taking the initiative

Taking The Initiative

“Who do you say that I am?” When Jesus asks this of his disciples, Simon answers without hesitation, and Jesus names him Peter, his “rock.” In your spiritual journey, have you sensed a “change of name” or a change of identify?

Finding Life

“Who do you say that I am?” When Jesus asks this of his disciples, Simon answers without hesitation, and Jesus names him Peter, his “rock.” In your spiritual journey, have you sensed a “change of name” or a change of identify?

Solid Enough?

“Who do you say that I am?” When Jesus asks this of his disciples, Simon answers without hesitation, and Jesus names him Peter, his “rock.” In your spiritual journey, have you sensed a “change of name” or a change of identify?

Crossing Boundaries

Our scripture this week is about Jesus and the Canaanite woman, and the walls and boundaries that separated people in Jesus’ day and age.
fear, storm

Go Scared

Our scripture passage this week invites us into a conversation about the issue of good and evil. As people who seek to align ourselves with love on individual, community and systemic levels, what do we do with the weeds when they look like the wheat?

The Bread Which We Break

Our scripture passage for this Sunday is the one and only passage that’s found in all four of the Gospels. The account of the feeding of the 5000 is central to our faith tradition as it highlights the “hunger” of the people, the depth of Jesus’ compassion, and the surprising capacity of the disciples when they thought they either weren’t enough or didn’t have enough. I look forward to joining together with you for worship and Communion this Sunday. If you have a few moments before the service, create a small worship space. Find a piece of bread and a cup of something. Light a candle. Reflect on the needs of your heart, your spirit, your life as well as the needs of our world.
The Trouble With Weeds

The Trouble with Weeds

Our scripture passage this week invites us into a conversation about the issue of good and evil. As people who seek to align ourselves with love on individual, community and systemic levels, what do we do with the weeds when they look like the wheat?
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