Laura Cunningham (Page 11)

I’ve never needed a separate day to give thanks, knowing even part of what inspires my gratitude, but given Thanksgiving, here’s a little: Sam Ross, the Miriam’s Kitchen guest who spoke from our pulpit on Sunday, sharing some of his story and feeling inspired by our community to mention Hebrews 13:1-2. I later found out that Sam had not seenRead More →

Although the focus of our worship this Sunday will be celebrating Western’s relationship with Miriam’s Kitchen, the liturgical year focus is once again on the Reign of Christ, what Jesus called the “kingdom.”  It’s the time just before Advent when the church looks forward to the promised day, when life on earth looks like life in heaven.  We see theRead More →

On this side of the election, on this day of remembering all who give their lives for our country, last weekend’s church leadership retreat seems like ages ago.  (Honestly, everything before Tuesday seems like ages ago.)  I can’t forget, however, my excitement about the work done by an energetic group of Westerners – both the participation over the weekend andRead More →

November 9, 2016 From the Pastor “Mommy, I want to hide under my bed for the next four years,” said Ginny, after wiping away tears over the election results this morning.  I assured her she wasn’t the only one who felt this way and asked if I could share this with you.  She agreed. I’ve already heard from some ofRead More →

Just when the news leading up to November 8 couldn’t get any worse, the BBC broadcaster referred to this election season as the “civics lesson from hell,” leading up to “America’s political Chernobyl.”  As disgusted as I am by recent political rhetoric, I don’t have an equivalent Geiger counter or iodine tablets. The recent political climate seems more like aRead More →

Coming back from a wonderful middle school conference this past Sunday, I felt the kind of panic some parents of children of color may feel, when I turned around and didn’t see Isaiah  at the fast food stop.  He was just looking for something in my car, but last week, as the adult responsible for a young African-American male whileRead More →

Rev. Laura Cunningham Pastor, Western Presbyterian Church July 3, 2016   Matthew 20:1-16 20“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3When he went out about nine o’clock, he sawRead More →

A few weeks ago, one of you emailed me the question:  Does our church have room for diversity in political views?  I feel like we have lots of lefties, but fewer center types and no rights. I think this diversity of political viewpoints is also part of God’s message. Especially as we get ready for July 4th, this is oneRead More →

Rev. Laura Cunningham Pastor, Western Presbyterian Church June 26, 2016   In Jesus’s parables in Matthew, the consequences become increasingly dire for the characters who don’t understand. Leading up to this particular parable, Jesus has been telling his followers about how to confront someone who has done something wrong. But then the implication is that this process requires forgiveness. IfRead More →

Rev. Laura Cunningham Pastor, Western Presbyterian Church June 19, 2016   Unhidden Treasure Matthew 13:44–53  44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46onRead More →