Laura Cunningham (Page 2)

Dear Friends, This Sunday, as part of our Engage Faith opportunities, we’ve invited the DC Congregation Action Network – a partner of Sanctuary DMV – to host an accompaniment training for us and for anyone who wishes to join us in showing solidarity and support for our neighbors, friends and family at risk of deportation. Cindy Stevens and Betsy CarterRead More →

What are your hope points?  In a recent conversation with one of you about our national state of affairs, we were both hard-pressed to name anything.  The front page of yesterday morning’s Post didn’t help. But then I got to church: In the memorial service this morning, members of the Miriam’s Kitchen community gave thanks for those who have died,Read More →

“I’m a man; I cannot empathize with a woman.”  The Alabama legislator was talking to a BBC interviewer about why he couldn’t see things from the point of a view of a woman with an unwanted pregnancy, and therefore why he wouldn’t support a woman’s right to reproductive choice.  Regardless of what you believe about a woman’s right to endRead More →

Somehow California synagogue shooter John Earnest’s connection to a Presbyterian church had escaped me. In my horror and heartbreak, I had managed not to hear that Earnest professes to be an Orthodox Presbyterian – a more conservative, evangelical branch of our faith, but not obviously anti-Semitic. Before he entered the Chabad congregation, he wrote a four thousand word manifesto thatRead More →

This Holy Week, other than sadness at the loss of a beautiful, iconic church, media coverage of the fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame has elicited two things from me: Hope that the three Baptist churches set aflame in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana will also continue to receive attention and financial support.  (I later found out about the relativelyRead More →

This Sunday we’re doing things slightly out of order at Western – not the for the first time, and probably not the last. We’ll ordain and install two elders and one new deacon in April, instead of January, given some turnover in our leadership. In a few weeks we’ll say good-bye to (Deacon) Dave and (Elder) Jackie Escobar, as theyRead More →

A while back I was in a meeting where I knew two of the people pretty well, better than they knew each other. As the two of them sat facing each other, I realized that her tone of voice, her questions, were going to aggravate him. As his face grew still, his tone of voice evened out, slightly deeper andRead More →

Western friends, Salaam alaikum, if nothing else this week.  I had hoped my letter would be a shout-out from the NEXT Church Conference, where John, Jess and I were immersed in an exciting last few days.  Instead, we all woke up to the tragic news of the terrorism this morning in New Zealand – to hell breaking loose in aRead More →

After a fantastic Carnavale celebration last Sunday, Lent is finally here. Special thanks go to the deacons for the doughnut decorating extravaganza, to the choir and musicians for some fun music, and to all who pitched in with balloons and beads. I didn’t know much about the religious side of this kind of celebration growing up, in part because IRead More →

Listening to Michael Cohen testify, I was reminded how much a change in our perspective helps to make sense of our reality.  In Cohen’s case, the prospect of prison made protecting the President much less appealing.  Reality, when it comes to facts, makes more sense. The change in perspective doesn’t have to be punishing; it can be uplifting, even joyous. Read More →