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July 28, 2013

Minister speaking from pulpit in front of mural of tree of lifeRev. Natalie Fenimore gave her last sermon at Davies today. It was titled, “Making Changes and Staying True” – good for many reasons including the obvious. The sermon is not online yet, so here’s a brief overview:

She used passages from the Bible for her message: “Our own body has many parts. When all these many parts are put together, they are only one body. The body is not one part, but many parts. If the foot should say, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that would not stop it from being a part of the body.  If the ear should say, “I am not a part of the body because I am not an eye,” that would not stop it from being a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye how would it hear? If the whole body were an ear, how would it smell? If all the parts were the same, it could not be a body. But now there are many parts, but one body….

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth.  Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures. Love never ends.”

She said that this is often heard at weddings, but Paul was not talking about romantic love, but love of a community. He was talking to and about his Jewish community. He was a rabbi and remained so all his life. He and many were struggling with how to change while staying true to their core beliefs. Just  as we must change to stay true to our principles and vision.

Our sources are our traditions but were not meant to keep things the same. In the past year we’ve had conversations about climate change, racial justice, immigration, same sex marriage, and other LGBT and equal rights issues that we may not have had if we were a different kind of community. “Tradition is in a constant state of transformation…. I hope that what we’ve learned and done together will help us go forward…. We can sustain change because we are one body.” Coming back around again to Corinthians, “Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”

Van with cakeAfter a wonderful service together, we had a celebration with a conversation, our monthly spaghetti dinner, and a special cake.


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