Rev. Heather Hinton

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Giving Thanks and Getting to Work 11/19/17

Giving Thanks and Getting to Work 11/19/17

Let’s just start here: this parable confuses me, even after all the many times I’ve encountered it and thought about it. I don’t like what it seems to be saying. And I get kind of angry when I read it – which I’m forced to do at least once every three years, when it comes up in the lectionary.

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Reflection on Galatians 3:23-29 11/12/19

Reflection on Galatians 3:23-29 11/12/19

Jesus: a nonviolent human being whose love served as a bridge between God and people, between Pharisees and fishermen, between the sick and the healthy, between slave and free, between poor and rich, between men and women, between Jew and Gentile. Indeed, if he were walking among us today, I dare say he would also be busy building bridges between Christians and non-Christians. He was never interested in what gets us to heaven or in who was right about various theological ideas. He was interested in living love – and in doing so, living peace.

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All Saints Day Reflection 11/05/17

All Saints Day Reflection 11/05/17

On this All Saints Day, we are encouraged to remember the saints we know or have known throughout our lives. It’s also a day for us to wonder: what saints walk among us whom we have not yet recognized?

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500 Years and Still Re-Forming 10/29/17

500 Years and Still Re-Forming 10/29/17

Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. Free to be you and me. Free to fly a Confederate flag or take a knee. Boy do we like our freedoms in the United States. We are, after all, the “land of the free,” right?

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What Sin Is This? The Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah (Reader’s Theater) 10/22/17

What Sin Is This? The Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah (Reader’s Theater) 10/22/17

As we continue on our path of exploring becoming Open and Affirming, we examined one of the so-called “Clobber Passages” which has often been used in communities of faith to condemn people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer. We ask: do we truly understand this passage? What sin is really being committed in Sodom? And what does that mean for us?

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A Letter to Our Church 10/15/17

A Letter to Our Church 10/15/17

This letter from Paul to the Philippian church is also a letter to our church. It is a letter to you and to me and to us as a faith community – especially when we are feeling anxious or afraid.

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A Love Story in Four Parts 10/08/17

A Love Story in Four Parts 10/08/17

In this case, we are being invited into a love story. We get to glimpse the loyalty, love, and faithfulness between two men and see that it is celebrated, it is honored, and it is good. In hearing this story, we are invited to find our own love stories with whomever our souls are bound, regardless of status, power, or gender. For God is love, and all love comes from God.

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Singing Their Song 10/01/17

Singing Their Song 10/01/17

That’s why we sing in church. The hymns aren’t just space-fillers. They are ways of teaching us and touching us. And they are meant to be participatory, not a form of passive entertainment. As the Philippians heard Paul’s letter read to them, their passive act of listening to the written words of a beloved friend and teacher became an act of worshipping the One of whom he wrote.

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Healing — On God’s Time (Reader’s Theater) 09/24/17

Healing — On God’s Time (Reader’s Theater) 09/24/17

As we begin our Open and Affirming process at 2CC, we ask: how do we read Scripture, and how did Jesus read Scripture himself?

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Widening the Welcome 09/17/17

Widening the Welcome 09/17/17

Will it really make a difference? An ONA covenant will make a difference to LGBT adults who have personally experienced silence or condemnation in other churches. It will make a difference to LGBT youth whose risk of suicide is four times higher than it is for their straight peers. It will make a difference to parents of LGBT children whose families need the same affirmation and support congregations offer to other families. It will make a difference to LGBT seniors who are often closeted, isolated, or abused in retirement communities or nursing homes. It will make a difference to all Christians who experience a deeper understanding of the Gospel and a stronger commitment to Gospel values when the congregation reaches out in love.

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