Welcome to Pastor Cathy's blog on life and faith!

Reopening

Last summer, I took my 11-year-old granddaughter to Coney Island during her 3-week visit from North Carolina. Several friends joined us, one of whom has 2 daughters around her age. Needless to say, these girls had a blast. Their favorite ride was The Cyclone...

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Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth. It has largely been celebrated within the Black community to commemorate June 19, 1865, the day that enslaved people in Texas learned of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been written nearly 2 and a half years earlier and declared the end...

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This Sunday

Ordinarily, I would be at Annual Conference this week, Thursday through Sunday. Instead, our presiding Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton has encouraged all clergy and church staff to take these days as a much-needed break, for which I am grateful. This Sunday’s worship will...

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Excerpts from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

The following is from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, an open letter written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 16, 1963. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of...

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It Is Not Okay

…I keep wanting to tell myself that things are getting better; that things will get better, but there are days when I am not so sure. I preach a gospel of good news and hope, but some days the news isn’t good, is it? It’s really bad news and bad news for so many, and...

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Long-Distance Runner

Last week, I was in a meeting of ecumenical faith leaders here in our city. It was the first Zoom gathering and like a lot of other meetings these days, more people were present than usual. This would be the last official meeting for one of our colleagues who is...

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