Through reflections on my daughter, I will ask us to consider that children and those younger than we are like messengers from another world, another way of being that is more in touch with optimal human flourishing. Our “raw” and uninitiated young children have an important perspective on human culture and meaning, particularly a willingness to love […]

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Water – And the Last Big Thirst

This message is about our seemingly abundant supply of water in the Great Lakes Region, and in particular Door County. The message is one of looking at the bigger picture of the Great Lakes and how the “greater America” is thirsty. We will look at the use, conservation and threats to our water supply and […]

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A Meditation on Water

From fierce floods to calm liquid drawn from a well, water is a natural resource that takes many forms. Recent water-related disasters, including hurricanes in the Caribbean and mud slides in Africa have shown us of the powerful destructive force of too much water. Yet, at the same time, millions of people in the developing […]

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A Question of Balance

The existential relationship between an individual and the community of which s/he is a part is in constant flux.  When do community matters override an individual’s liberty? When must the individual right of conscience be properly recognized? And, most important in this post-Citizens United world, what role does the corporation play in this social mix? […]

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The Anishinaabe People are one of the largest cultural groups in North America. Hundreds of years ago, they experienced a series of prophets who foretold the future in phases, or epochs, also known as ‘Fires’. The Fires of the prophecy represent key spiritual teachings for North America, and suggest that the different races and traditions […]

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Women’s Work

In an early salute to International Women’s Day (March 8th each year), we will ask what you think of when you hear the phrase “women’s work.” Is it always done in the nursery, kitchen or the laundry? What about the classroom, hospital, office or court room? Does it always involve caring? Isn’t caring a key […]

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Jonah and the Whale (Etc.) for Grown Ups

Exegesis [Ex-a-gee-sis] is a new word for most people. But it’s an interesting way to help the ordinary person understand why those old Bible tales are for adults as well as children. Jonah, for instance. You think he got gobbled up by a whale by accident? There is a lot more to the story! And […]

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“Follow-ship”

A Reflection on MLK & his reluctant revolutionaries. Dawn Volpe is the pastor of Ephraim Moravian Church.  A native New Yorker, she served churches in the Bronx and the suburbs of Washington, DC before moving to Door County in 2010.  She and her husband of 25 years, Bob, are the parents of Robert, an artist […]

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The Unexpected Christ

Loren Eisely, the distinguished anthropologist, wrote a book entitled “The Unexpected Universe” in which he says the universe, contrary to earlier scientists who had wrapped it up in a neat package of law and order, is full of surprises. Who would have thought that human beings would first appear when ice covered most of the […]

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