Category Archives: Newsletter

April 2017

  Pastor’s Letter for April Dear friends in Christ, In recent months, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been addressing the related though distinct issues of refugees and migrants. This two-pronged issue was the focus of the annual ELCA Advocacy Convening in which bishops, other clergy, and ELCA members met in Washington, DC, for […]

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March 2017: Lent

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, As the weather seems to be hinting at spring, we begin next week our observance of Lent together. Lent is always a rich season: a time of preparation and reflection, an opportunity to come to terms with the wilderness in our lives, a time to remember God’s baptismal promise […]

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February 2017: Intersectionality

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, In adult forum recently we were talking about intersectionality. It was a new term to many, though the concept was familiar. Intersectionality is the idea that human identities that are tied to systemic privilege and oppression can intersect with one another and thus shape the unique ways that people […]

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January 2017: A Year of Resurrection

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Happy New Year! At this time of resolution making, there is a new trend taking the place of the traditional New Year’s Resolution. Instead of setting goals, some people are choosing a word to be their focus for the year. Instead of resolution words like more of such and […]

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October Pastor’s Letter: Stretching

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, This fall the council and stewardship team will be inviting all of us to stretch. We’ll be taking some time in the coming weeks to talk about the ways in which we’ve already been stretching as a congregation and as individuals, and then we’ll begin to think together about […]

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September 2016 Pastor’s Letter: Just Water

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Last week, mandatory water restrictions took effect in Amherst as the Connecticut River moved from drought advisory to draught watch status. Watering of lawns, filling of swimming pools, and washing of vehicles, buildings, and sidewalks are prohibited and other water-saving measures (shorter showers, not letting the tap run unnecessarily) […]

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Pastor’s Letter August 2016: Churchwide Assembly

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, This month the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America meets in churchwide assembly. Elected and ex-officio representatives from all 65 regional synods across the country will gather, this time in New Orleans, for a week together. This is the highest decision-making body in our church. While the day-to-day work of […]

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Pastor’s Letter: Violence in Orlando

The following letter was sent with the announcement of an interfaith vigil on the Amherst common on Monday, June 13, 2016. Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Knowing that I will not be with you in worship in these two Sunday morning worship services following the violence in Orlando early Sunday morning, I wanted to […]

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Holy Envy: Pastor’s Letter, June 2016

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, This month Immanuel had the privilege of hosting the Amherst area Interfaith Opportunities Network, a network of lay members of local congregations of the three Abrahamic faiths. They have been meeting for many years rotating to different local faith communities and other venues, and it’s been a while since […]

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Pastor’s Letter May 2016: Generations

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Churches remain one of the primary places for intergenerational community in our culture. That’s one of the many reasons I went into parish ministry – for the opportunity to be a part of people’s lives across the generations. It’s a truly beautiful thing. But it’s not without its difficulties. […]

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