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  • Rev. David Wheeler on Mark 1:21-28

    Posted on January 25, 2018 by Dan Coley in 2018 Midweek Reflections, Uncategorized.

      Dear Church friends and family, This week, at worship, we will be looking at what, for many mainline Christians, is a difficult text: Mark 1:21-28. In this text, Jesus performs the exorcism of an “evil, unclean spirit.” This text can create difficulties for “thinking” Christians because, well… demons. What do we believe about demons? […]

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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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  • 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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  • On the Incarnation – from Rev. Welch

    Posted on December 20, 2016 by Dan Coley in Uncategorized.

      Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC It was a long time before I could recognize you in so many things. I thought you were too august, too aloof, to really walk in our crowded and noisy streets. It used to be hard to believe that you had even once really […]

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  • A Short Progressive Take on God – from Rev. Welch

    Posted on October 27, 2016 by Dan Coley in Uncategorized.

      Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC The word God can be a difficult term for progressives to get a hold of. Now for folks outside of the church, it may be a given that to be a Christian is to be one who believes in God. For progressives in the […]

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  • Being a Good Neighbor – from Rev. Welch

    Posted on August 19, 2016 by Dan Coley in Uncategorized.

      Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC Saad Mohammed, the board chair of CAIR, the Council on Islamic Relations here in Oklahoma will be leading a discussion for our Conversation Sunday September 4th. We’ll gather as we usually do over a shared potluck meal at 9:45 a.m. The discussion will be […]

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  • Hearing Each Other Again – from Rev. Welch

    Posted on June 16, 2016 by Dan Coley in 2016 Midweek Reflections, Uncategorized.

      Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC In an effort to hear people across the divides I read a piece from an evangelical author who was distraught at the anger some LGBT folks have directed at the church after Orlando. But then I’m reminded by a quote from Emily Heath, a […]

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  • Hearing Each Other – from Rev. Welch

    Posted on June 9, 2016 by Dan Coley in 2016 Midweek Reflections, Uncategorized.

      Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC As this primary election comes to a close, I have to admit I am breathing a sigh of relief. The context for this is my Facebook news feed. They are filled with friends who share so many of the same values and are concerned […]

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  • The Gospel of Reconciliation – from Rev. Welch

    Posted on February 26, 2016 by Dan Coley in Uncategorized.

      Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC Have you ever heard of an elevator speech? Say you were asked about progressive Christianity or the United Church of Norman UCC. Or you were asked what you believed and you had only a couple of minutes or less to explain. You have the […]

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