Are We Blind

Wisdom is revered in our society. We talk about people who have great insight in human life as being wise. Sometimes we say things like, that child is wise beyond his or her years. But what is wisdom? Wisdom stories and wisdom sayings are found throughout the Bible. But as we will discover they reflect …

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Building Community

This Sunday we continue to look at the bible as a means to build community and as a way to express both pain and hope within our community and around the world. Resistance stories in the Bible are fearless, pointed, courageous, subversive, poetic, sometimes sarcastic, other times angry, heartfelt, razor sharp in social critique (Rob …

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My Time, My Festival

This Sunday is a special service where we will recognize and celebrate the 1-year anniversary of our UPC Chinese congregation and the 34th anniversary of our UPC English speaking congregation.  We will gather in a spirit of joy and gratitude for the strong relationships, for the building of new relationships and for the presence of …

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Practicing Love

We continue to look at traits of a Christian, this Sunday, focusing on this simple yet so complex thing we call love.  Love is at the heart of God, we say.  Love is the commandment Jesus gives, we are told.  Loving will make your heart full of joy, we are encouraged.  Yet love is hard.  …

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North York Tragedy

On Monday, April 23 I had arranged to work from home due to construction starting in my apartment, which is directly across from Mel Lastman Square.  My youngest son came to help me when the contractor didn’t show up. About 1:30 pm my son heard emergency vehicle sirens.  I told him that was normal – …

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Banana Bread

This story took place about 13 years ago.  The mother of our then music director, Jean Hicks, had passed away.  I decided that I would bake a banana loaf and drop it off to Jean and her family. When I went to deliver it, I rang the bell there was no answer – I rang …

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