South-New Life: Blended, Not Stirred

It is with great and humble joy that I write to you about a meeting last evening. The Sessions of both New Life and South met with Rev. Laurie Ferguson, a consultant hired through a grant that our area churches received from Duke University. For two-and-a-half years, our congregations have been working alongside each other, believing that God was calling us to a more integrated or blended … [Read more...]

The Last Words of David

I'm sitting in safe, dry, beautiful Rochester, New York this morning as millions of my countrymen (and women) are fleeing for their lives from Hurricane Irma. It hardly seems possible that we are in the same country when our situations are so vastly different. Watching the slow-moving (12 mph) storm that is wider than the state of Florida and is about the size of TEXAS is surreal to me. How do … [Read more...]

Hell in the Hallway

(August 14, 2017) It's Monday morning following a disheartening, fearful, horrific weekend in Charlottesville, VA that has tested the spirit and faith of many. It's a Monday morning when several people have attended local rallies in support of diversity, tolerance and the best of what we, as a nation, have to offer. I'm hearing questions that border on hopelessness:  How did this happen? … [Read more...]

Memory Echoes

(August 1, 2017) The cicadas are singing, the birds are chirping and, some squirrels are making the chirring sounds they make when they chase each other. I'm sitting in one of our parks along the river. Actually, it's a golf course, but not a terribly popular one. Monroe County, where Rochester is located, has some of the nicest parks around. So here we are. The beginning of August. And also … [Read more...]

Now What?

(July 5, 2017) So much of our lives are in transition right now, aren't they? We, as a country, are really feeling the effects of the beginning of a new administration in Washington after eight years with a different person; the world is feeling some angst about North Korea and some other hotspots; our churches continue to change -- New Life is preparing for its final worship service in its … [Read more...]