Monday Meditation: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney Today our nation celebrates the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On this day of remembrance for a man and the justice movement he gave his life for, people often recall the words Dr. King spoke on April 3, 1968, to a crowd of striking sanitation workers […]

When I Grow Up

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney    During the pandemic, my extended family has gathered weekly via Zoom to stay in touch. With participants ranging in age from 7 months to 81 years, these experiences have been memorable and life-giving for us. One feature of these virtual gatherings is a trivia game, and if a […]

Spread the Word

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news […]

Monday Meditation: Fourth Week of Advent

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney The week of Christmas has arrived. As the days of Advent dwindle, our thoughts turn to love – the final theological theme of this holy season of spiritual preparation. “Love” is a word we use frequently in conversation, but often in a way that diminishes its meaning. For instance, […]

Monday Meditation: Third Week of Advent

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney Yesterday morning, I lit the rose-colored candle in our Advent wreath as my husband and I worshiped via Zoom – the candle of joy. The third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday – the Latin word gaudete means “rejoice.” In many churches, these words from Philippians 4:4-6 […]

Monday Meditation: The Second Sunday of Advent

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney As I child, I remember learning the song “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. With God as our Father, brothers all are we. Let […]

Monday Meditation: The Right to Vote

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney On the eve of Election Day, we give thanks for those who have worked to extend voting rights to all Americans. Our country was 144 years old before women were granted the right to vote, with Tennessee playing a decisive role in the ratification of the  19th Amendment. This […]

Monday Meditation: Tending the Soil

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney Are you familiar with Jesus’ parable of the sower? A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up […]

Monday Meditation: A Time For Everything

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time […]

Monday Meditation: Devotion vs. Doing

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney “Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed Jesus into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And Martha went up to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, do […]

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