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02
May 2017

Approximately 1/5 adults will experience mental illness each year. Everyone can benefit from having strategies to address mental health needs. From depression and anxiety to a recent specific trigger, finding an outlet is key in establishing and maintaining mental wellness. UCC is committed to our community by helping to make these connections to local resources. You are also welcome to seek counseling from UCC’s ministerial staff, who are willing conversation partners. They will also default to referrals for everyone who requires a higher degree of professional care. Resources UT Counseling and Mental......

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16
Feb 2017

Take action today to tell Congress and President Trump not to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, not to permit any U.S. Ambassador to live and work outside Tel Aviv, and not to green-light Netanyahu’s plan to expand settlements and remove any chance for a Palestinian state and for peace between Palestinians and Israelis. http://bit.ly/2kDAL53...

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25
Jan 2017

It’s true, I’m just not on Shakira’s level, I suppose. What I mean by this is that I’ve had some gnarly hip pain on several of my training runs, dating back before Christmas. It’s been really disheartening to cut runs short, cut back on my weekly mileage, and to watch my times slowly creep back up. I think I’ve managed to move past it with a regimen of stretching, strength-building, yoga, and rest, but hip pain belies an unfortunate truth when it comes to running a marathon – I’ve never done this......

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27
Oct 2016

Pastor Chuck’s Recommended Books 2017 Links to book or author page on Amazon Devotional Howard Thurman (The Inward Journey; Meditations of the Heart) Carlo Carretto (Letters from the Desert; The God Who Comes; I, Francis) Joan Chittister (Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today) Reuben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck (A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants) Ecology and Economics Bill McKibben (Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future; The End of Nature; Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age) Stewart Brand......

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14
Oct 2016
On Being Political, without the Politics

Election years are hard on churches. And it isn’t just that congregations end up divided on important issues. We are 501(c)3 organizations, which means that we have certain perks afforded to us by the government, ostensibly because we offer to the community services which increase their value and quality of life. Essentially, the government recognizes that some things are better done by smaller organizations, and that those same organizations should get certain treatment in order to help them survive in a capitalistic society. Of course, being a 501(c)3 also comes with a......

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02
Aug 2016
Pokemon Go, Nostalgia, and Young Adults in the Church

If you have looked outside recently, you will have noticed that hoards of young people are walking aimlessly throughout the parks, streets, and even maybe your lawn, all over the city. This is a country-wide epidemic, in fact, stretching far beyond Austin and into even the furthest reaches of America’s beautiful lands. Though it may look like the zombie apocalypse has hit us, the reality is far more intriguing. Pokemon Go, a very simple app, has taken the 30-and-younger crowd by storm. Parent company Nintendo has gained 20 BILLION in revenue, and......

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22
Apr 2016

The liturgical year offers us a sense of emotional and spiritual timing in ways that the secular calendar simply cannot. From the reserved, introspective time of Lent to the boisterous celebrations of Easter, the anticipation of Advent and the peaceful joy of Christmas, the church calendar gives us intentional time throughout the year to live into the full gamut of emotions and feelings that we will likely be confronted with in our daily lives. Learning to mourn on Maundy Thursday each year can help us learn to mourn when tragedy strikes in......

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11
Jan 2016

Mighty LORD, we cry out to You with our fear and confusion. With our anger and our rage, our sporadic bursts of tears, with our numb silence, and in the hugs that we cling to as if letting go were to be letting go our only sense of gravity. We cry, God, and we sit in our confusion and get frustrated that we do not understand. We fear that there may not be anything we can understand. We cannot control our world, or the people we love. And when they hurt, God,......

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18
Dec 2015

According to the Baluba People of Africa and our Gut Flora, “Yes.” Christians and Muslims worship the same God (just as do the Baluba peoples of Africa). This brief post is centered on proving that true, and exploring why that is important to Christian theology. Aristotle begins his metaphysics with the assertion that “all men desire to know.” Innately, there is a sense of needing to move from less understanding to more – though we may get caught up in the particulars of what it means “to know,” and how one does that,......

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04
Dec 2014

Today (Dec. 4, 2014) a Staten Island grand jury found no reasonable evidence to indict Daniel Pantaleo, a police office, for the death of Eric Garner, a resident of NYC. Pantaleo is shown on camera (the recorder of which was indicted, for the record) putting Eric in a chokehold – which is expressly prohibited by the New York City Police Department which hired and trained him. As Eric was brought to the ground, with his hands raised in surrender, he managed to shout, “I can’t breathe,” before passing out and eventually dying. You......

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