Grace Notes: February 21, 2024 – Rev. Kimberley Debus

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GRACE NOTESfrom Rev. Kimberley Debus For a few years now, I have watched as other ministers post warnings about fake emails or texts pretending to be them, asking for gift cards or some such, with concerns about hacking, safety, and often a rush to change passwords. I wondered why I wasn’t experiencing this – until …

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Grace Notes: Thu Dec 21, 2023 – Rev. Kimberley Debus

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As I write this on Thursday morning, I find myself singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas” – thanks in part to a Facebook post extolling the virtues of the version by John Denver and the Muppets. But the version I am singing does betray my age, because it is the version by SCTV characters Bob …

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Grace Notes: Thu Dec 7, 2023 – Rev. Kimberley Debus

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There’s a phrase we sometimes use in congregational settings: “moving at the speed of church.” At its worst, it indicates how change happens sometimes excruciatingly slowly; sometimes that’s because schedules by their nature slow things down, and sometimes because people create delays and roadblocks. At its best, however, it indicates the care and attention leaders …

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Grace Notes: Nov 11, 2023 – Rev. Kimberley Debus

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Here we are again, facing a great deal of uncertainty, horror, and frustration. The world just isn’t letting up, and again we are wondering what the other shoe is that’s going to drop – because we have pretty good proof that it is. (Whoever is in charge of that metaphor must be a cobbler, because …

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Grace Notes: Oct 10, 2023 – Rev. Kimberley Debus

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Beloveds, I have written no less than fifteen almost-sentences to begin this message, and none have quite worked as intriguing or gentle entries into our topic today – which I am taking (finally) as a sign that it’s time for bluntness. Anti-semitism is alive and well and living in the world – both around the …

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GRACE NOTES: Sep 27, 2023 – Rev. Kimberley Debus

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Curiosity is on my mind this week. I remember as a child, whenever a question came up at the dinner table – about history, or science, or art, or just about anything that wasn’t “how was school today?” – my father would send me to the book-lined living room with the words “go look it …

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GRACE NOTES: Sep 13, 2023 – Rev. Kimberley Debus

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We’ve been talking about belonging this month, so of course the Dunning-Kruger effect means I keep seeing articles and memes about belonging. I ran across a blog post by consultant Julian Stodd, who works with organizations around strategy, collaboration, and social leadership. In his post, Stodd shared some questions that we might take up when …

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GRACE NOTES: Sep 5, 2023 – Rev. Kimberley Debus

CUUC Worship Retreat in August 2023

One of the things I love about Facebook is the parade of “first day of classes” photos – from the littlest children to the grown adults – the celebration of the first day is something special. Similarly, I love the parade of Ingathering photos from our congregations – showing off the decorated tables and the …

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