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01
Jun

Steve’s Slant

In 2014 Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian and journalist, published a book called Utopia for Realists.  In it, he makes a surprisingly convincing case that, despite what we might currently believe about the state of the world, life is getting better for the overwhelming majority of the world’s citizens. He carefully documents how human beings […]

01
May

Steve’s Slant

“What’s in a name?”  It’s one of the most famous lines from one of the world’s greatest plays.  The question is posed by Juliet, who asks it of Romeo, by way of arguing that their love can overcome the bitter rivalry that separates their two families, the Montagues and Capulets. With Easter now in our […]

01
Apr

Steve’s Slant

Lent is always, at least in part, a journey of reflection and discovery.  But this year that has been especially true for us here at the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church.  Recent changes in federal policy (some of them proposed, some of them already in effect), regarding our Muslim and immigrant friends and neighbors have concerned […]

01
Mar

Steve’s Slant

In her final sermon here, Beth told a story about how quickly our congregation is adapting to and implementing the internal structure of our ministry plan.  (See the following pages for one last word from Beth and a photo from Sunday’s wonderful luncheon celebration.) She noted that at the most recent meeting of the Congregational […]

01
Feb

Steve’s Slant

The only thing constant is change.  The longer I live, the more I appreciate the truth of this maxim. Ordinarily in this, the January/February issue of the Extended Family, I devote this space to my annual State of the Church column.  And I will come back to that.  But first I want to address a […]

01
Dec

Steve’s Slant

Advent I’ve always understood this special season conceptually.  We take time to prepare room in our hearts and minds and lives to receive a fresh infusion of the Divine, a fresh burst of God’s Light in the winter darkness.  But to a certain extent my understanding of Advent has been more theoretical than practical, more […]

09
Nov

Waging Hope

Dear friends, More than any time in my memory, yesterday felt less like an election day and more like a referendum on the kind of country we want to be – a feeling that was widely shared by people all across the country and all across the political spectrum, in red states and in blue. […]

01
Nov

Steve’s Slant

I have written in this column before that, ordinarily, this is by far my favorite time of year.  Outside, fall continues to dazzle like a living tapestry.  Pumpkins and apples fill the fruit and vegetable stands, and shorts and t-shirts have long since given way to jeans and sweatshirts. Inside, we trade iced tea for […]

01
Oct

Steve’s Slant

Two down, one to go. Last month I wrote about how we were about to experience a rare and significant confluence of events here at WWPC. Two of those events have now occurred. NEW WEBSITE First, as most of you know, late last week we launched our new and improved church website (www.warrenwilsonchurch.org).  We believe […]

01
Sep

Steve’s Slant

Last October if you woke up before sunrise and happened to look up into the night sky, you saw something special. Three planets, Venus, Jupiter and Mars, formed a close triangle in the pre-dawn darkness. Their convergence was special because it was rare. Ordinarily these distant planets do not line up in such close visual […]