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When Things Fall Apart – Complicated Gifts

This year has been a series of things falling apart – our routines, our social lives, our sense of security, but in the midst of the breakdown, we’re finding hope and beauty. Could we be finding ourselves in the thick of it all? When things fall apart, what complicated gifts are left for us to receive?

The Other Side of Rage

Sikh activist and author Valerie Kaur has written, “On the other side of rage awaits the ability to wonder again at the spinning world.”  What healing lies on the other side of rage in your life? What healing can only come after feeling that rage? What comes next – beyond the burning of what one feels in the most frightening moment?

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

As Benjamin Franklin walked off the floor of the constitutional convention, it’s said that an onlooker shouted at him, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic, or a monarchy?” Franklin is said to have replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Here on the other side of election day, as we wait or work or worry or re-commit, what does it take to live out the vision of a fair and free republic?

A More Perfect Union

The preamble to the US Constitution states that our form of governance exists in part for the formation of “a more perfect union.” More perfect, of course, doesn’t mean perfect. It means something closer to perfect, something that is still not fully realized. The American experiment remains unrealized, but this moment in history invites us to push forward together.

Our Requiem: Listening Deeply to Grief

In this service, we’ll feature several movements from Clif Hardin’s Requiem, professionally recorded live in the sanctuary before the pandemic and debuted for this online format. Rev. Nancy will preach about the concrete and amorphous grief of this time in our lives. We’ll also prepare for the liturgy of grief and letting go that we’ll share safely in person on the grounds during the beginning of November. Our extend our offering will be for River Road’s Partner Church communities.