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February 23rd, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Sometimes events dictate what must be considered in a weekly message like this. If I had no word about the school shooting in Florida and its aftermath, you would surely notice. A problem involves all the media you’ve likely absorbed about it. So, while I feel I must name it here, I’m aware you’re already… Read More

A Brief Meditation on Time on a Cold Day at the Start of a New Year…

February 2nd, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Do you highly value your time? Planning Consultant and Director of the Center for Complex Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology writes that “It never ceases to amaze how much time people say they spend doing things they claim not to value. At the same time, they emphasize how little time they spend… Read More


January 26th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

I need a break. You likely do too. A break from the news/info maelstrom frothed up for us every morning and evening, well, all time in between too. It comes at us relentlessly, crashing in on consciousness, devouring valuable real estate in our attention library. It’s hard to shake. Periodically I recognize addictive patterns have… Read More


January 19th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

When I’m socializing in secular settings and the circumstance allows for a bit of sincere conversation, I might be asked how I came to be an ordained minister. Generally, I sense this question is motivated differently than a question directed to, say, a finance guy about his work. Especially in New York, broker, lawyer, teacher,… Read More


January 12th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. So said Martin Luther King, Jr. Ironic timing, isn’t it? that on the eve of our MLK commemoration weekend our president should so debase himself and the office he holds by his disparagement of, well,… Read More

Parable for a New Year

January 5th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

I heard a story about a man from Philadelphia. He murdered a driver who had slipped in front of his car on a congested expressway. Evidently, the delay was caused by several lanes merging into one, and he had been waiting, stewing in frustration for a long time. Just as his turn came to move… Read More

Hope for a Xanax Nation

December 29th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

As the year whimpers to a close many feel it can’t happen soon enough. Good riddance 2017! But, oh my, here comes 2018… It’s not as though we’re starting off with a clean slate. The dissolving political landscape won’t resolve by midnight Sunday. Come Monday morning we’ll still be a bitterly divided nation with a… Read More

Advent Reflection – December 25th

December 25th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

Rev. Dr. Stephen Bauman On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Christ with prayer, feasting, and great merriment. But, most of all, we experience it in our hearts. For, more than just a day, Christmas is a state of mind. It is found throughout the year whenever faith overcomes doubt, hope conquers despair, and love triumphs over… Read More

Advent Reflection – December 24th

December 24th, 2017 by Leslie Houseworth-Fields

December 24th Rev. Leslie Houseworth-Fields Now let me suggest first that if we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone; no… Read More

Advent Reflection – December 23rd

December 23rd, 2017 by Brian Pinter

December 23rd Brian Pinter    We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas. We beckon this good season to wait a while with us. We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come. Peace. Come and fill us and our world with your majesty. We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the… Read More