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(If you do not receive FWC’s occasional emails and updates like this one, email me and ask me to add you to the distribution list.) I sometimes describe the presence of FWC (Faithful & Welcoming Churches) at the UCC’s General Synod as “having an Obamacare information booth at a Tea Party convention.”  I don’t mean […]

“Called to Peace” by bob

March 13th, 2016

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For the ordination of Amy Stickler Colossians 3:12-17 March 13, 2016 Thank you Amy, thank you for the privilege of preaching this sermon.  Linda and I have had a special bond with you for more than a decade, and our daughters also came to know and love you.  A couple of weeks ago on Jeni’s […]

From time to time (today being an example), I find myself explaining again what Faithful & Welcoming Churches is all about.  Someone asks my opinion about something that’s come out of Cleveland, or about UCC finances, or about the future of the UCC, and my response sounds somewhere between uninformed and unconcerned.  Neither of those […]

General Synod 30 – FWC Report by Bob Thompson

July 13th, 2015

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The quote that says more to me about the UCC’s 2015 General Synod in Cleveland, Ohio than any other is probably the one below. These are the words of retiring UCC General Minister and President included in a video tribute to him – Never before in our nation’s history have the core values and beliefs […]

Encouraged by Bob Thompson

June 30th, 2015

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I’ve never been more encouraged about our conference than I was during the 50th anniversary celebration of the UCC’s Southern Conference, June 18-20 in Greensboro. I often wondered whether the UCC’s motto, “Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here,” apply to those of us who are ECOT – evangelical, […]