• This letter found its way to Pastor Rob through his friends and colleagues in the San Francisco Presbytery. It has ideas that are well worth considering. Beloved Sisters and Brothers: Instead of Re-opening, perhaps we should see this moment as one of Re-starting. Not just returning to our church life, but reconnecting with our community, those already in our congregation, and those in our neighborhood who have also been living in forced isolation. Not just resuming our worship but renewing our purpose. Not just reentering our buildings but reexamining all that we might do with what God has placed in

  • Pastor Rob offers some reflections on the Gospel of Mark that framed this week’s telling of the Easter Resurrection. He shares them here.

  • An update of the Discernment process was presented at the Presbytery Assembly by Ralph Mueller, Rob Stewart, and Lee. Here are Lee’s comments introducing the update.

Instead of Re-Opening…

This letter found its way to Pastor Rob through his friends and colleagues in the San Francisco Presbytery. It has ideas that are well worth considering. Beloved Sisters and Brothers: Instead of Re-opening, perhaps we should see this moment as one of Re-starting. Not just returning to our church life,

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Easter Reflection

Happy Easter, friends! I have to be honest with you. I find this ending of The Gospel According to Mark to be more than a bit intriguing, if not downright odd. As scripture says, early in that morning, three faithful, caring, dutiful women go to the tomb. They are following

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An Update of the Discernment Process

At a recent retreat I attended, I learned of Howard Thurman, an American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, civil rights leader, and a prominent religious figure. Today, I'd like to share with you one of Thurman's meditations entitle "I will sing a new song." It captures for me the struggle many

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A Healthy Church Building Partnerships

During Lent, Rev Rob Stewart offers a 7-part series about the Vital Congregations Initiative entitled “7 Marks of Vital Congregations”. This is the seventh and final installment, which focuses on ecclesial health. I Corinthians 12.12-13 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members

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