Entries by Kathy Graves

March Generosity Reflection

I don’t know about you, but years from now when we are finally all vaccinated and the Covid-19 pandemic is a memory within our collective conscience, there are some aspects that I will gladly forget because of the pain they caused. And there are other aspects that I will give thanks to God for sustaining us through those painful moments.

“How long, O God, how long?”

Columbine. Newtown. Virginia Tech. Aurora. Charleston. Las Vegas. Orlando. Pittsburgh. El Paso. San
Bernadino. These are the names of just some of the cities where mass gun violence has occurred in our nation. The
city of Buffalo here in our own state of Minnesota is another, where a shooter shot five people at a
clinic, killing one, just last month.

Heading Back to Honduras

In just a few weeks, Maryjane Westra will head back to Honduras as a mission co-worker with the United Church of Christ’s Global Ministries. It’s a long way from Fergus Falls, where she currently lives, but it’s a country she knows well, having served there with her husband, Don, from 2013-2017.

Finding Creative Ways to Observe Ash Wednesday and Lent

This Ash Wednesday, some churches are hosting “bring-your-own-ashes” services on Zoom. Others will administer ashes with disposable swabs, applied by masked ministers to worshippers in a drive-thru ritual. Still others are creating containers of ashes for pick up and Lent kits for at-home practices.

Seeking Racial Justice

The Minnesota Conference Board recently approved a $25,000 gift to support the Minnesota Council of Church’s (MCC) Truth Telling and Reparations Initiative. In addition, the Amos Task Force continues its work to address and repair historic and present-day racial injustice in Minnesota.

A Call to Unity

Unity. 

Ever since President Biden implored the nation to join him in seeking it in his inaugural address on January 20, it is the new “buzz word.” Ironically, “unity” and what it looks like has now itself become a point of disagreement, among politicians and in wider conversation.