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The Journey: A good hello and goodbye

Posted by Rev. Daniel Christian on

The way we say hello and goodbye is important. A friend from a long time ago would get a new job and the hello was always great. He didn’t know how to say goodbye when it was time to move on, so he would put himself in a situation to be fired, and, he always was. I do not recommend this...

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The Journey: Easter is about freedom

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                 Spring is a wonderful time of year! The colors and smells are all around us. It also means that Easter is just around the corner. I am a minister with three church services this week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, so...

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The Journey: Making it in the gig economy

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                      I will be leaving Ukiah in June. I have been working and commuting from my home in Novato to First Presbyterian Church of Ukiah for one year. When June rolls around it will be fifteen months since I began. I have...

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The Journey: Pain can bring us closer together

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                    Last week I wrote about physical pain as a spiritual teacher. I wasn’t happy about it, but I was trying to look on the bright side. Some of you may recall I was injured in a fall and broke a bone in my back; and have...

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The Journey: Pain can be a teacher

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                 Many of my columns and sermons I write and talk about the need to be “present” in our lives. Being present in our lives is one of the hardest things to do. Many of you reading aren’t fully paying attention right now...

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The Journey: Valentine’s Day can be for everyone

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              Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Congratulations to those of you who have plans on going out to celebrate with someone you like or even love. For those who are not going out, well, neither are we! This year Valentine’s Day for us...

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The Journey: Loving kindness toward yourself

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                  Twenty-two Presbyterian ministers went on an overnight meditation retreat. This isn’t a joke. It is true. We attended an overnight meditation retreat at Westminster Woods in Occidental. Tucked into the redwoods we took silent...

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The Journey: Get your flu shot

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                      I haven’t gotten my flu shot yet. It just slipped by me this year. The news reports about the severity of this season’s flu woke me up and got me motivated to get my vaccination! With healing and sickness...

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The Journey: My faith resolution

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                   Diets and gym membership commercials are upon us. Put down the wine bottle and cookies and let the New Year resolutions begin. I saw a couple jogging on the sidewalk. It was clear they...

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The Journey: Christmas in a new way

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                   Our daughter was Mary in our church's Christmas Pageant this year. She was an angel last year and the year before; and was anticipating being an angel again! When to our surprise she...

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