Yearly Archives: 2017

  • The Future of Our Church – from Rev. Welch

    Posted on August 24, 2017 by Dan Coley in 2017 Midweek Reflections.

      Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC I want our membership and friends to know about a special congregational meeting being held Sunday, September 3rd at 9:45 a.m. It will take the place of our normal Conversation Sunday though we will have a shared potluck and discussion. The discussion will be […]

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  • A Prayer – from Rev. Welch

    Posted on August 17, 2017 by Dan Coley in 2017 Midweek Reflections.

      Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC Hate, fear and violence have been on full display this weekend. And while eyes have been turned on Charlottesville, some of the same attitudes are resident in communities across Kansas, Oklahoma and throughout the country. While most who harbor deep-seated racist attitudes would never […]

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  • The Church and Overcoming Polarization – from Rev. Welch

    Posted on August 10, 2017 by Dan Coley in 2017 Midweek Reflections, Uncategorized.

      Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC “The Church is the only institution that exists primarily for the benefit of those who are not its members.”- William Temple John Spong starts his book on Eternal Life talking about funerals. In them, he notes, the services are not (or should not be) […]

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  • You Pick the Sermon Title – from Rev. Welch

    Posted on August 3, 2017 by Dan Coley in 2017 Midweek Reflections, Uncategorized.

      Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC The next two weeks I will not be preaching on Sunday. The first Sunday is Conversation Sunday. Joe Ward, chief investigator for Oklahoma County public defender’s office he will speak on issues of Poverty and Crime. He spent 45 years as a special investigator […]

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  • Progressive Reformed – from Rev. Welch

    Posted on July 27, 2017 by Dan Coley in 2017 Midweek Reflections.

      Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC I’m a sort of a Calvinist. This is to say that there are themes in the writings of John Calvin, a French Reformation leader, that I take as my own while leaving other parts behind. I thought I’d highlight what some of the themes […]

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  • Religions Do Chang- from Rev. Welch

    Posted on July 19, 2017 by Dan Coley in Uncategorized.

      Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC I think Cody Franklin, identifies a key issue, in his July 16th response to my faith devotional, “What if Religions were Like Languages?” in the Norman Transcript. Isn’t it the case, that religion is committed to the truth value of its claims? That religious […]

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  • What if Religions Were Like Languages? – from Rev. Welch

    Posted on July 13, 2017 by Dan Coley in 2017 Midweek Reflections.

      Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC What if Religions Were Like Languages? I had a chance to attend a symposium on religious pluralism at Oklahoma City Community College, where I teach religion and philosophy part time. It became obvious that there was a tension in the room. This came from […]

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  • Border Conditions Documentary – from Rev. Welch

    Posted on July 9, 2017 by Dan Coley in 2017 Midweek Reflections.

      Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC Dr. Mark Griffin July 9th Sunday Our Conversation Sunday was changed for July. It will be held the second Sunday of July as we watch a documentary on conditions of the US Mexican border. Dr. Mark Griffin, professor of Spanish at OCU,will lead the […]

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  • Why We Need Progressive Christianity – from Rev. Welch

    Posted on June 27, 2017 by Dan Coley in 2017 Midweek Reflections.

        Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC This picture is from the summer of 1994. We were headed to see the 25th anniversary of Stonewall Pride Parade in NYC. Still have the old UM colors to boot! A conservative Episcopal writer remarks: In a world in which LGBT people increasingly […]

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  • Changing Our Sunday Worship Patter- from Rev. Welch

    Posted on June 21, 2017 by Dan Coley in 2017 Midweek Reflections.

      Church Events June 25th Sunday Our Pride service will be held early at 10 a.m. There will be no adult ed. You are invited to join us afterwards for OKC parade by visiting our church booth and joining us with Norman PFLAG in the Pride March at 4 p.m. July 2nd Sunday Garnett Teakel […]

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