Sunday Worship 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM
"See, the home of God is among mortals." The Holy Land. Violent land. Our land. "Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”
Courtyard Entrance Temporarily Closed
"If Jesus wanted me to go to the Holy Land, he should have been born in Paris"
I've been to Israel before, but it was twenty years ago. And to be honest, I didn’t love it. (I’ll tell you a little more about that this Sunday in church.)
Don’t get me wrong. I’ll always be grateful to have seen the Biblical sites and landscapes. But after my first and only trip to Israel, I came back thinking: If Jesus wanted me to spend time in the Holy Land, he should have been born in Paris.
That was then. This is now. On Monday, I leave for Israel, on a ten-day fellowship co-sponsored by the American Jewish Committee in New York and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, July 12-22. This won’t be a touring trip, but an adventure of the scholarly kind. But I’ll still try to share what I am experiencing in Israel on our church Facebook page, so go ahead and like it now.
“The Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI) offers Fellows an opportunity to study the intellectual foundations of religious pluralism and inter religious studies, the central ideas of Jewish ethics and faith, and the diverse ideologies and practices within contemporary Jewry in a dynamic and internationally acclaimed educational setting. We meet at Shalom Hartman Institute over two summers for 10 days each. In between, monthly long-distance learning provides continuity and continued engagement. The fellowship enables Christian scholars and denominational leaders to study Judaism and Jewish text from a Jewish point of view with the goal of providing a more profound understanding of Judaism as well as practical methods for Christian engagement with Jews. The curriculum includes classes (taught in English) in Hebrew Bible and commentaries, Talmud, and liturgy taught by faculty recognized worldwide.”
I accepted this invitation before I knew I would be your pastor and I’ll miss you guys while I’m so far away, but you will be in good hands. The church office will always be able to reach me and our Pastoral Visitor Trisha Freese will be there for you too. In addition, my local UCC clergy colleagues Rev Pamela Starr at Immanuel and Rev. Karen Candee at Summit will be on call for any pastoral emergencies.
But in the meantime, I’m not gone yet! This coming Sunday, I’ll see you in church.
The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel , Senior Minister
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July 25, 2016