“Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exis t is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways… Continue reading Transgender Day of Remembrance
One of Howard Thurman’s most famous quotes is, “Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because the world needs people who have come alive.” As we emerge from the Covid cocoon, we are exploring how to come alive—our mission for 2023 is “What makes you come alive? Go and do it.” After… Continue reading The Progress Pride Flag
Fifty-two years ago, when I was still a child, I met my first same-gender couple. It was 1971. The occasion was a family reunion to which the whole farming community was invited – we’re talking over a hundred folks. There was plenty of food, lots of cousins to play with, and a diverse group of… Continue reading “Isn’t it great that they found someone to love.”
June is Pride Month! Happy Pride to our LGBTQ+ siblings and advocates! The Church of the Palms UCC is celebrating 8 years as being an Open and Affirming Congregation. (YAY!!!) This designation lets the world know that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are welcome in our church – to worship, to participate, and to… Continue reading Happy Pride!
The joy was palpable! We were in the sanctuary, without masks, and we could sing! Wow! And the joy spilled out in standing and applauding for a hymn. Wow! We had another new member join! Wow! Last Sunday was a holy time for me. God is doing some great things at The Palms and each Sunday… Continue reading A “Can’t Miss Sunday”
by Pastor Jim Alexander June 2021 promises to be a month of continued healing and hope as we emerge from quarantine and return to in-person learning opportunities and worship at The Palms. There is excitement and joy as we do so. But, there is also a bit of anxiety and nervousness, too. When you or… Continue reading W.I.S.E. in June