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Session Update -- March 2022

On February 11 and 12, the newly ordained and installed officers of Westminster gathered in the sanctuary for a retreat. Since the pandemic quarantines of early 2021 did not permit a retreat, this gathering felt particularly joyful. On Friday evening, we reflected on the challenges and accomplishments of 2021. In a trying year, this congregation created stability and spiritual growth that will…

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Message from Jo Forrest -- February 2022

When I purchased my first house, I drained most of my bank account of any money for its needed repairs. I learned to use duct tape. The results were never pretty but the all-purpose tape was effective enough in securing anything unruly. At that time in my life, I was traveling a great deal. I recall seeing a flight attendant use duct tape to secure a loose panel in flight and thinking of our…

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Who hasn't been hurt by the actions or words of another? Perhaps a parent constantly criticized you growing up, a colleague sabotaged a project, or your friend has let you down, again! Everyone has their own story of disappointment in another person or a community. The question is, what do we do with our emotions? How do we balance our anger or resentment with the prayer we say together each week…

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Between Here and There -- February 2022

I’d like to take a small side-step from my normal Spire article to fill you in on some of the great things that are happening around Westminster, and to invite you to join in as the year progresses. First, I’ll need to give you some background. Several years ago, our youth commission made an important decision: if we want to minister to the young people of our community, we need to do a better job…

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Christian Mysticism -- Westminster Seminars February 2022 Series

February 6, 13, 20, & 27 9:45 a.m. in Galbreath Chapel & Zoom Christianity is a religion grounded in vivid personal and communal experiences of God. The Bible is filled with stories of these mystical experiences, and deep, mystical experiences have been at the core of almost every major Christian movement sparked by people like St. Patrick, St. Francis, Teresa of Avila, Martin Luther,…

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Westminster Book Group -- February 2022

Wednesday, February 23 Noon – 1:15 p.m. in Room 238 & Zoom At the next meeting of the Westminster Book Group, we will discuss The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall. You are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and join us. "This wonderful book has all the things that are hardest to find in literature: good marriages sustained by abiding love; nourishing friendships that endure trials; nuanced e…

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A Reflection on The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Since I retired over a year ago, I’ve had to figure out what to do with all the time I now have. At the same time that I began my retirement the pandemic hit us all, and added isolation to our lives. For me that made deciding what to do even more challenging than having an abundance of time. Of course, I had made my list of things I wanted to do before I vacated my law office. But adding all the t…

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