Category: Minister’s Musings

Occasional thoughts and reflections from Rev. Kendra Ford.

The Elm and the Children

In 2016 we planted and transplanted an Elm in front of 10 Elm Street.

In 2016 we planted and transplanted an Elm in front of 10 Elm Street.

The Elm and the Children
You may have noticed last year that we planted a little Elm tree in the yard.  And you might have noticed that over the summer, it moved.  I wanted to tell you the story behind the wandering Elm because I think it tells us some important things about community.

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Be a UN observer – letter from Rev. Kendra (written for Thanksgiving but still pertinent)

Chalice PumpkinHow will you respond if you face anxious moments at dinner?

Read Rev. Kendra Ford’s letter, following up on her message from the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

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Letter from Rev. Kendra to Gov. Maggie Hassan

Letter19 November 2015

Dear Gov. Hassan –

    I am grateful for all the work you do on behalf of our state and appreciate your willingness to work through conflict.

     Today I write to you to ask you to reconsider your public statement that New Hampshire will not accept Syrian Refugees.  I ask you to reconsider on two merits; the first is legal and the second is humanitarian. 

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Papal Visit

The pope is wandering around the planet holding people’s faces in his hands,
touching their forehands,
cradling their cheeks
for a moment treasuring them, blessing them.
He met with the man 3rd in line to be leader of the free world.
The man wept and resigned his contentious post,
as if he had been waiting for someone to tell him
You have nothing to prove, you are Beloved.
This pope does not look like he believes in original sin.
I wonder what kind of upheaval it would cause if
original sin resigned its post
in the face of so much bold treasuring of life.
A woman he doesn’t know from Eve
Runs up to him in the street.  He embraces her
And then lets her go.
She is golden in his eyes.
As she goes toward him, he sees the gold in her
and as he releases her back to the world,
she catches her reflection in his eye for a moment
and sees it too.
Now she understands what she has been.
He might declare original sin
to have been an error.
Really no one can be blamed for partaking
of knowledge,
in fact if anyone is to be blamed it would be God Themselves —
who put it all out there:
the galaxies swirling, the crisp of ripe fruit,
the tender wonders of the body
and the humans struggling to see beyond their muddle.
Like the colorblind man wearing special sunglasses
that let him see
cerulean
rose petal pink
new frog green.
And he is weeping over the color of his children’s clothes and robin egg eyes.
God might, in fact, apologize, there is so much just beyond the edge we can see,
the horizon of the universe keeps receding
and the smallest particles
seem to be made of something smaller.
The apple comes easily from the branch when it’s ripe.
No one is to blame for tasting it,
dripping with the sugar of September sun.
Hold it in your hands.

Cherish it.

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A poem about the treasuring of life

Papal Visit

The pope is wandering around the planet holding people’s faces in his hands,
touching their forehands,
cradling their cheeks
for a moment treasuring them, blessing them.
He met with the man 3rd in line to be leader of the free world.
The man wept and resigned his contentious post,
as if he had been waiting for someone to tell him
You have nothing to prove, you are Beloved.
This pope does not look like he believes in original sin.
I wonder what kind of upheaval it would cause if
original sin resigned its post
in the face of so much bold treasuring of life.

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Spring and the Leap of Faith

FloThings are popping here at FUUSE this spring!  I can’t keep up with everything that is happening.  Kim Canfield asked if it was like this every spring.  And I had to say, no, not like this.  I speculated that it was long winter rebound.  And then I saw that the great big chalk board had reappeared in the Parish Hall and I thought, I wonder if all this happening is part of the Leap of Faith program playing out in our congregational life.

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Spring is here!

… and while most of the bulbs in my yard are still buried under snow things are popping up all over the place at FUUSE!

a sign of springWhat is happening:

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Letter from Kendra: 2014 Startup

Dear FUUSE Members –

I am savoring the cricket song and tomatoes of late summer and planning for an exciting year at FUUSE.  Much has happened over the summer, starting at the annual meeting in June.  I want you know about the changes that are coming for this church year.  First you need to know we will be having one service at 9:30am. This will be a year of trying new things and taking time to sit down together to talk about what’s working and what’s not.  It’s also a year when we will have more opportunity for conversation about the big questions about life itself.

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Reflection: April 23

So much happens every week it’s hard to hold on to the through line of the purpose of church.  There have been a lot of difficulties recently to which many of you have been responding.  And I want to say that even your great kindness is held in something larger.

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Milkweed and Monarchs

Milkweed! We distributed milkweed seeds on Easter. (Look for small, colorful paper packets in vestibule if you didn’t get some and want some). You may just want to plant the seeds in your back yard after danger of frost has past or you could start them in your house now, they take a little while to germinate. You could plant them now in cardboard egg cartons in a sunny window sill, then you can plant each milkweed egg right in it’s cardboard to get it started outside.  Our young church participants are starting a butterfly garden with the milkweed seeds.  For more information about growing milkweed and about the Monarchs visit: http://www.livemonarch.com/ here is the beginning of their growing instructions page.

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