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Back to the Beginning

July 11, 2021 Acts 18:1-11 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 25-13:7 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   There is this church I know where church members are not getting along. Some feel superior to others. Others are judging their fellow church members and of course, finding them lacking,...
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Into the New

July 4, 2021 Acts 16:6-15 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   He was passionate; he was bold; he was motivated and on the move. Paul and his ministry partners, because you should always have partners in ministry, Paul along with Silas and young Timothy, had been commissioned to go...
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The Next Generation of Leaders

June 27, 2021 Acts 16:1-5 1 Timothy 4:12-16 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   Earlier in the service, I mentioned that last week I had the honor to be included in a wonderful panel of United Church of Christ leaders who shared stories about past General Synods, which is our national...
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New Paths of Ministry

June 20, 2021 Acts 10:1-49 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman Things had been uncertain for a while there ; chaotic even, seeming to change every single day. First Jesus was alive. Then Jesus was arrested, tried, and crucified. Buried in the tomb, his disciples didn’t expect to ever see him...
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New Paths of Leadership

June 13, 2021 Acts 9:1-22 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman New Ways of Being Church series   Three years in seminary, 90 credit hours. 400 hours of a Clinical Pastoral Education internship, another year in a local church internship, and a 30 page paper detailing my calling to...
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New Paths of Welcome

June 6, 2021 Acts 8:26-40 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman New Ways of Being The Church Series   They had no intention of creating a new religion. Even after three years of following Jesus, even after his death and resurrection, Jesus’ followers had no plans to be anything other than...
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Formed by Prayer

May 30, 2021 Acts 4:23-31 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman Last week, I did something a little bold. I wrote a poem. Monday morning, I heard an invitation on NPR to write a poem about how the pandemic has changed you, a poem based on a line from Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I rise”. I write...
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Church Dreams

May 23, 2021, Pentecost Acts 2:1-18, 41-47 Isaiah 43:18-19 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   Most churches dream of having 3,000 members. Can you imagine having 3,000 new members? All joining in one day? Does it sound like a dream or a nightmare? I think lots of churches and church...
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How to Dream

May 16, 2021 Psalm 126 Isaiah 43:18-19 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   There are so many good reasons not to dream: We are too tired. We are too busy just trying to survive. Don’t dream because you might fail; you might disappoint yourself and others. Dreaming takes too much wo...
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Connected in a Disconnected World

May 9, 2021 John 15:1-11 Isaiah 43:18-19 Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman   Last week, I shared with you some thoughts from a podcast, entitled “Recalibrating the Church” with Scott Cormode. Well, according to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, the church isn’t the only...
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