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Laurie’s Message after Easter & MLK Event

What a beautiful experience of Holy Week we created together, from the journey of Palm/Passion Sunday, through Good Friday, and rising at sunrise with the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus, continuing on with our glorious 10 am service, and finishing up with an “egg-stravagant” Easter egg hunt! Thank you to every single one of you for sharing your gifts as musicians, artists, readers, dramatists, chefs, greeters, ushers, and organizers to create such a radically inclusive welcome to the wider community! Please enjoy the photos below!!
Today, Wednesday April 4th, we flash backwards in time to a Good Friday of sorts, remembering the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in the hope of uniting together to keep the dream alive in our time. 
It’s tempting to stay stuck in “Good Friday”, back to life as usual, one week after Easter. Back to our personal challenges, layered on top of the challenges facing our city, our country, and the world.  It’s easy to become overwhelmed and afraid, and want to hide from the world.  Which is why we take consolation in these timeless stories, and in sharing them together.
Join us on Sunday as we explore the timeless story of Doubting Thomas, and specifically how our doubt, our questions, and our seeking understanding is not a lack of faith, but an integral part of faith. Explore with us the wisdom of Thomas from the Gnostic gospels.  
After worship, you are invited to join us for a conversation about Sarah Miles’ bestseller, “Take this Bread”, https://www.npr.org/books/titles/138296674/take-this-bread-a-radical-conversion and an experience of communion together.
           Blessings, Pastor Laurie  

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