What is a “Synod?”

By Pastor Raygan From June 20th-26th, I will be attending The General Synod of the United Church of Christ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (as will Kim!), which, for those who aren’t church-nerds yet, begs the question, “What is a Synod?” “Synod,” most simply, is a gathering of church representatives to conduct

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Upon Reflection

By Dale Buchanan Fifty-seven weeks ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to write my first “Getting to Know You” essay. It was and continues to be a column dedicated to the “Folks in the Pews.” That first person was Gayle Thornton primarily because she was one of the people

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From the Pews: Pete Espinoza

By Dale Buchanan We met Pete at a local restaurant where he had graciously agreed to be interviewed. Pete is friendly and conversational—a natural storyteller. From this point on you will hear only Pete’s voice. “My given name is Guadalupe. Saint Guadalupe, Mexico’s patron saint, first appeared to an indigenous

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In the Pews on Easter Sunday

By Dale Buchanan This space in the Grape Leaf concerns itself primarily with “a person from the pews.” Today our attention is slightly different. Instead of singling out an individual person, the focus will be on the group in the pews. Your scribe makes no claim of a particularly objective

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