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Still Neighbors After All These Fears

Posted by Clay Oglesbee on November 11, 2016 at 12:15 AM


As I write this, it is Election Day Eve. We don’t know yet who wins the Elections, or who loses. We are still frustrated, accusatory and combative. I confess I have followed this Election Year to a point where it has become a form of obsession. This year, people have either defiantly put up yard signs to show their colors, or avoided it, fearing what others might think or do. I have a friend, a psychotherapist who remarked the other day on the number of peo...

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Holsteins on a Hillside

Posted by Clay Oglesbee on October 20, 2016 at 9:40 PM

Driving near Miesville this morning, as this golden October continues, you could see seven or eight black and white Holstein cows draped down a green hillside.  They were in all standing broadside to the roadway, all about equally spaced, and all in a straight line down the hill.  

What would lead cows to organize that way?  is there a boss cow?  Or was this plan made by a committee of cows?  Sometimes the world just shows up odd.  We look. ...

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Fr. Richard Rohr on the Feast of St. Francis

Posted by Clay Oglesbee on October 4, 2016 at 11:55 AM


Enoughness and Contentment  (Fr. Richard Rohr--Blog)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

(Feast of St. Francis of Assisi)


We live in a society that places great importance upon external signs of success. We have to assure ourselves and others that we are valuable and important—because we inherently doubt that we are! Thus we are often preoccupied with “one-upping” others. I am afraid that most lose inside of such a “win...

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The Puzzle Pieces and the Picture

Posted by Clay Oglesbee on September 29, 2016 at 5:20 PM

Last Wednesday night, Pastor Pam Armstrong helped the youth of our church to consider how they imagine God.  Is God a huge white-haired and bearded grandfather in the clouds, a jolly  and generous Santa Claus, a wise Morgan Freeman type, a white-vested female rock singer, or a lightning-zapping Wrath up on high?  These and lots of other images are stored up in our minds.  

Personally, I've inerradicably confused God with the severe yet benign, unfinished ...

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Reminder: Come on August 28 for Town Hall

Posted by Clay Oglesbee on August 26, 2016 at 1:45 AM

Friends at the First UMC in Red Wing,

Pastor Pam Armstrong and I, and the Executive Committee, just want to remind you that an informal gathering of members and friends of our church will be offered on Sunday, August 28 after 9:30 worship.  We wish you would join us for conversation.  

The town hall is not a Biblical expression, but it has been defined in America and Canada as "an informal public meeting, function, or event derived from t...

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Heading West out of Red Wing

Posted by Clay Oglesbee on August 18, 2016 at 1:30 AM

Driving from First Church in Red Wing last night around sunset---  As I turned west, headed for Miesville, there were heavy dark clouds on the horizon, but a  golden sunsetwas also pouring in through  blue sky and huge, bubbling clouds to the north and east of me.  It was so beautiful and so contradictory.

To the west, it looked like the Rocky Mountain Range had suddenly dropped onto Faribault and Kenyon and rooted  themeslves there.  The clouds...

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Happy soul in a Red Wing garden

Posted by Clay Oglesbee on August 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Visiting with church friends the other night, and this cheerful soul awaited us in their garden.  Wish we were all so hospitable,  joyous and content!