Tag Archives: Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations

Christmas Eve Homily

This is my homily for Christmas Eve. The New York Times published the year in pictures the other day. Scanning through them I saw several photos of the presidential election. There were pictures of cities destroyed by violence and war … Continue reading

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No Heat in January

I am the treasurer for our local interfaith organization. Our major mission is an emergency fuel fund. We provide families a one-time 100-gallon delivery of fuel oil in the winter. They get this oil after they have exhausted other fuel … Continue reading

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What If the Church said, “No!”

Last week our local interfaith council, Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations, met.  It was a grim meeting. We learned that one of our homeless shelters from last year will not be able to open this season.  Last year’s shelter was … Continue reading

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Something is not Right

My day at the church can get all sorts of interruptions, including people coming to me for some kind of financial assistance.  This happened the other day.  The request was not new to me.  Over these months, I’ve worked out … Continue reading

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Radical Hospitality

I spent Wednesday at my office dealing with heat or more accurately, lack of heat.  We were fine at the church.  The heat issue were people in town. One of my other hats is treasurer of the Pittsfield Area Council … Continue reading

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An Ash Wednesday Homily

I’m preaching Ash Wednesday services (we’re doing two, but I’m writing one homily), one at noon and the other at 7:00 PM.  The noon service is part of a midweek Lenten worship series the congregation has been doing for years.  … Continue reading

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The Church: A Business Model for All Times

Yesterday was pretty hot in Pittsfield.  The airport (yes, we have a small one) recorded 92 degrees as the day’s high, which for us is a furnace.  Yesterday was also Third Thursday, the city’s monthly summer street festival.  Music fills … Continue reading

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