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Newtown pastor sees pain as path to healing

The Rev. Mel Kawakami, senior pastor of Newtown United Methodist Church, has the difficult duty of shepherding his flock through the anguish of the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Two 7-year-olds from the congregation were among the 20 children and six adults who were killed Dec. 14 in the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Kawakami, who has served the Newtown…

Church serves as cornerstone in the wake of tragedy

Members of Newtown United Methodist Church in Sandy Hook, Conn., are “still holding our breath” to learn the full impact of the Dec. 14 shooting at nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School, said the Rev. Mel Kawakami, the church’s senior pastor. “We’re trying to keep our lines open,” he said. “We have already tried to reach out. We have communications circles that are trying to…

Moral Mondays

Moral Mondays. I like this idea. From the Guardian: We have been pleased by the number of people showing up at the statehouse in Raleigh, North Carolina every Monday, sacrificing their freedom and their bodies to protest the regressive agenda of the extreme right. But we are not surprised. We have worked since 2005, when 20,000 civil rights warriors across the state elected me to lead…

Compassion and Justice

Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the…

Compassion and Justice

Lord , thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress. Psalms 10:17-18

Compassion and Justice: One Body

More from the Compassion and Justice series. One Body. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members…

Compassion and Justice: Food

And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest. And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the  Lord  your God. Leviticus 19:9-10 FOOD…

Healthcare Law

Sometimes I find it funny what we call political discourse. One side has been lying for years and the other side has been scrambling trying to find a coherent message that we will understand. First of all, I would encourage you not to talk to anybody who seems overly angry about the healthcare law. They are clearly misinformed. Secondly, I would remind…

Give Thanks

Some times I think that it is critically important to take inventory, to take stock of how you doing in relationship to everyone else. How’s your health? Did you wake up this morning? Were you save through the night? How’s your family? Do you have a loving family – husband, wife, children, parents? Are they healthy? Do you have a job? Sure,…