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“And the Oscar Goes To…”

Exodus 15: 20 – 21 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN February is Black History month. This morning I would like for us to transcend the ages and begin our celebration in Africa, two thousand years before the birth of Jesus. Two thousand years before the birth of Jesus, Moses traveled to Midian, in the southern part of the fertile crescent. There,…

A Mosaic of Life and Love

Ephesians 2:10 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN How many of you attended the Beyoncé Mass last Monday night at the University of Redlands? About 600 people turned out for the Beyoncé Mass and the reviews are in. Karen Rose called it “Powerful! Evocative! Thought-provoking!” Loring Fiske-Phillips said, “It was like the best concert and church service you ever went to.” Barbie…

Jesus’ Mission Statement and Ours

Luke 4: 14 – 21 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN January 20, 2019 A few years back, a friend said to me, “I don’t understand how you can still be a Christian.” I replied by saying, “I am a follower of Jesus. Jesus teaches about God’s radically inclusive love. And I believe in radically inclusive love.” She said, “Well, I don’t have…

Who Is My Neighbor: Reflections on the Border Immersion Trip

Members of the Border Immersion Team January 13, 2018 In 2018, the Board of RUCC voted to become an “Immigrant Welcoming Congregation.” After adopting that resolution, we wondered what are the next steps for us as a congregation? When Jules Rattray came to Wider Ministries and shared that Good Shepherd UCC in Sahuarita, Arizona leaders Border Immersion experiences, we knew that was…

These Wise Guys Got It

These Wise Guys Got It Matthew 2:1-12 January 6, 2019, Epiphany Bill Maury-Holmes   epiphany – noun: 2) an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being; 3) a (1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something; (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event) usually simple and striking…

All I Want for Christmas: Love

Genesis 3: 1 – 3, 6 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN December 23, 2018 As we near the end of the year and as we reflect on this Advent season of love, I find myself thinking about that hit song from Rent: 525,600 minutes. Do you know the song? Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so…

All I Really Want for Christmas: Hope

“All I Really Want for Christmas: Hope” Isaiah 9: 2, 5-7 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN December 2, 2018 Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Today, also, is the first day of Hanukkah. I think it is significant that this year of all years these two religious observances land on the same day. They both speak of how hope delivers light.…

The Politics of Jesus

The Politics of Jesus Rev. 19:16; Mt 2: 13-15 November 25, 2018 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN We just returned from the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. The Magic Kingdom is truly a magical place especially when seen through the eyes of a 4 year old experiencing the world of Disney for the very first time – seeing the smile on her…

Remember Who You Are

Psalm 78: 12 – 16 Rev. Dr. Jill A. Kirchner-Rose November 4, 2018 On this All Saints Day, I reflect on the musical “The Lion King.”   It is my all-time favorite musical. I love the ingenuity of the costumes and the inspiration of the music. But most of all, I am deeply touched by story line.  For those of you are not…

Gifts of the Spirit

“Gifts of the Spirit” 1 Corinthians 12: 4 – 11 Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN October 28, 2018 Imagine searching for just the right gift for someone you love. You comb the malls and the catalogs that arrive in the mail, to no avail. You go online and browse many websites, but nothing seems right. You think about something homemade, and you…