Our Lent Together: Fear, Racial Equality, A Place to Begin.

(Thank you to Ben Perkins, Carla Imperial, Suzanne Wolk, and others who helped write and edit this blog. Please see Ben’s and Carla’s words below.) This Lent, our theme at Hope Central Church is “Fear: the movement from fear to love.” We believe that – outside of when fear is a necessary human emotion in…

Nola’s Beech Tree

Dear Beloved, I’m writing to let you know that tomorrow, first thing in the morning, a company will come to take down Nola’s beech tree. This tree is inside the play ground fence, just by the gate. The tree’s been dead a year, now. We thought we might have extended its life by trimming it…

Learning to Pray without Ceasing

Dear Beloved, For six weeks, from this Sunday until Advent, Hope Central is focusing on prayer. We want to learn to pray, discover new ways to pray, to experience our prayer more deeply, collectively and individually. As praying people, we are like Jesus, following Jesus. Over and over in our gospel stories of Jesus, Jesus…

Beginning with Pancakes: the Slow Work of Forgiveness

Dear Beloved, Our Lenten practice starts next week. We’ll start with eating, of course, pancakes and syrup, and a funny telling of sins in such a way as to not identify our sins with our humanity. As a people, we’ll reassure the ones who’ve confessed that there is nothing that can separate us from the…

Guest Blogger: Angela Letizia on Spiritual Gifts

Last May I came back to Hope Central Church after six months of being away. And I was quite surprised by what I saw: at almost every service there were many people that I didn’t recognize. I’m not talking about visitors. I’m talking about the fact that in a period of six months Hope Central…

Why Do We . . .?

We do somethings at Hope Central Church, in our services and around the place, and nobody remembers why. We do somethings for very specific reasons. Are there things you wonder about? Do you wonder why we light candles? Why we sing Alleluia before and after we read scripture? Why we have a chalice of wine…

We’re Not Trying to Be Right or Wrong

There is nothing Hope Central Church ought to be doing, there is no need to get things right or wrong, there are no correct amount of services we ought to be holding – two services or one, except this: We ought to be loving God with our whole hearts, bodies, minds, and loving our neighbors…