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Messages from our Sr. Minister, Rev. Christina Kukuk, and others of particular interest.

Choir in the time of COVID

How can we keep from singing? During our COVID-spawned exploration of on-line worship, the way we make music – together – has changed. “The Cloud”, as I began to call our group of musicians, showed us a way forward: embracing instrumentalists, welcoming vocal harmonies, and encouraging collaboration using digital tools. As we move forward into »


4th Dispatch from the Hills

On Saturday, June 26, I marked the 16th Anniversary of my ordination to the ministry of word and sacrament. I didn’t have any profound words that day. Mostly, I just sat with the journey, tried to remember the scope and the distance traveled. With everyone else in the Rogue Valley, I was hiding indoors away »


3rd Dispatch from the Hills

Over the past couple weeks, I have eased into the “Poetry, Pine Trees and Play” part of sabbatical. While supporting the other three family members who are trying to finish this strangest of school years, I’ve collected supplies and gear for backpacking adventures and researched several potential routes. I’ve both trekked solo and joined a »


2nd Dispatch from the Hills

This first part of Sabbatical was themed “Faith and Family.” If you followed Adam’s Facebook travelogue or the handful of posts on my author’s page, you’ve gotten a small taste. Thanks to the marvelous science of vaccination, our family was able to take our planned trip to Egypt and Cyprus with only a couple minor »


1st Dispatch from the Hills

My sabbatical officially started March 28. And yeah. It’s weird. After 16 years, this might be the first Holy Week I am not producing for other people. My task for these next four months? To explore “the hills dressed with pure joy” (from Psalm 65), both literal and spiritual, without skipping the valleys in between »