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Mary Kay's Blog: Colorblind No More (Sermon Sept. 13)

            Black Lives Matter. A movement that started as a hashtag on twitter in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s killer being acquitted.
            Black Lives Matter.  A call to end police brutality.
            Black Lives Matter. A reminder that racism persists.
            But… But…

Connecting with Our Past

In my early years at Dumbarton, I got the impression that modern, enlightened parishioners had replaced narrow-minded,  intolerant church goers in the 1960s and 1970s. My work on Dumbarton’s history project in 1992 convinced me that things weren’t that simple.

Why We Can't Afford to Ignore Climate Change - By Elaine Friebele

Climate change is the most serious global environmental problem that we face. Many people find it a difficult idea to grasp, for it is complex, and its effects aren’t easily evident. But it is not an issue that we can afford to ignore.  The quality of future life on earth depends upon our taking action. Ultimately, climate change is an ethical issue.

Measurements have clearly documented that climate change and its consequences are happening right now. The overwhelming consensus among climate scientists is that most of the increase in global temperature is due to human activities, such as burning fossil fuels. If human behaviors do not change, scientists predict calamitous consequences:

What Makes a Church? No Steeple Required: By Mittie Quinn

What makes a church? Our travels have taken us literally around the world, to many interesting and unusual places. But our recent trip to New Zealand has made me stop and think about this question. Australia and New Zealand are both countries that are “younger” than the United States, and yet the Aborigines and Maori have been present on those island nations for much longer. The mix of cultures and spiritual encounters yields a blend of “church” experiences for the visitor.

Traditional Maori Wharenui

It Takes a (Singing) Village

A September Reflection from Thew Elliott, Director of Music Ministry

The first Sunday after Labor Day isn’t an observed date in the formal church year, but it’s important in our congregation year as we say goodbye to summer visitors and adventures, return from travels, and shift from more relaxed vacation rhythms into the patterns of school and new projects.  September is a good time to pause and take a look at who we are and what we mean to be doing. I’ve been thinking about the role of music in our life together—how it helps us to forge the community we intend to be.
Your voice matters

Why I Was Arrested Today

By Chett Pritchett:   The last few weeks have been filled with prayerful discernment, conversations with colleagues, and a bold decision to be arrested at The White House as part of an act of civil disobedience for families and children caught in the middle of an immigration system that is harmful and unjust.

Dumbarton Blog: A Leap of Faith to Help a Reformed Thief

I am having trouble believing in my character, the forgiving priest in the musical, Les Miserables, in South Boston, Va. When the main character, Jean Valjean, is caught stealing silver from the monastery, the priest not only tells the police to let him go but gives him more silver “to become an honest man.”

Now, I have trouble with this. I am a crime victim, and the detective, Javert, rightfully believes that crime should be punished. But the musical tells me a different story. So I opened up this dilemma to a Facebook discussion, primarily with clergy and actors.

Advent Blog Dec. 7: By Mary Kay Totty

OK, yes, I admit it -- I love the Christmas season and all the trappings and customs and music that go along with it. Some traditions are so deeply rooted with me that it would be hard for it to feel like Christmas without them. Christmas stockings are one such tradition -- I know, I know, my mother rolls her eyes and shakes her head that her nearly 50-year-old daughter still wants a Christmas stocking. Peppermint nougats are the taste of Christmas -- the Brach's soft peppermint taffy with a Christmas tree design.

I love Christmas cards and Christmas trees. And Christmas would not be Christmas without Bing Crosby's "Merry Christmas" album (though why he included "Faith of our Fathers" on the album is beyond my comprehension). My all-time favorite song of the season is "O Holy Night" -- I love the music and the words. I love the blending of the hope of the season with the commitment for justice. The last verse of  "O Holy Night" includes these words:

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