Weekly E-Letter

From Nori’s comments in the 6-26-13 e-letter:

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American peopl Weekly E Lettere which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state. --Thomas Jefferson

President Thomas Jefferson wrote the above statement in October, 1801, in a letter responding to the Danbury Baptist Association. They were concerned that, as a minority religion, their freedom was given at the whim of a government that might change its mind. The ratification of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, that said, in part, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” had happened ten years earlier and yet, already people were afraid that wall wouldn’t hold. Click here to read the e-letter.

 

From Nori’s comments in the 6-19-13 e-letter:

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“We Coloradans are a hearty people. No matter where disaster strikes, we bind ourselves together to help those who need us most. This time, it

was we who were in need, and the country stepped up to make sure we did not have to face this alone.”
– Alice Scott, Editor of “A Community Rises Up” 
I remember all too well the news last year of a plume of smoke rising in Waldo Canyon. I was driving home from our General Assembly which had been held in Phoenix, Arizona. A congregant was in the hospital and I wanted to be near. As I approached Colorado Springs, I saw with my own eyes the fire that no one, it seemed, could put out. Click here to read the e-letter.

 

From Nori’s comments in the 6-12-13 e-letter:

Our fathers had their dreams; we have ours; the generation that follows will have its own. Without dreams and phantoms man cannot exist.

—Olive Schreiner

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This Sunday we will celebrate Father’s Day. Father’s Day was instituted in 1910 by Sonora Dodd who wanted to honor her own father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War Veteran who raised his six children alone. Sonora got the idea after listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in her church. Click here to read the e-letter.

 

From Nori’s comments in the 6-5-13 e-letter:

To change masters is not to be free. Liberty cannot be caged into a charter or handed on ready-made to the next generation. Each generation must recreate liberty for its own times. Whether or not we establish freedom rests with ourselves. – Florence Ellinwood Allen

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This Sunday we will be marking the celebration of Juneteenth. This memorializes the day  when the slaves in Texas finally got word that they had been freed — some 19 months following the Emancipation Proclamation President Abraham Lincoln made on January 1, 1863. It took until June 19, 1865 for the Texan slaves to hear. All that time they had been laboring under the illusion that they were in bondage to their white slave owners.

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From Nori’s comments in the 5-29-13 e-letter:

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.
–F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

graphic beach umbrellas Weekly E LetterAt last the weather seems to have gotten the memo that winter is over and that it is time now for verdant, lush greenery and budding trees. Better late than never, the rain has been a boon for our parched land over the past few weeks. Now school is out and those of us with children are busily planning vacations or arranging for week long day camps or day care. Click here to read the e-letter.

 

 

 

From Nori’s comments in the 5-22-13 e-letter:

I’m sure many of you,  Weekly E Letterlike me, were consumed by the news coverage of the series of tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma this past week. Although the main focus was on the mile-wide tornado that bore down on Moore, OK, there were also others that struck Oklahoma the day before that also resulted in the loss of human life and property.

At times like these, it seems as if humankind has the opportunity to shine brightly amid the darkness of destruction and despair. Amid the horror stories of lives lost and homes destroyed, anecdotes of volunteers and aid workers and miraculously found pets season the event with hope and love. Click here to read the e-letter.