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Pentecost Moments

Posted on Jun 2, 2020 by

On May 31st the Christian Church celebrated Pentecost.  Pentecost is a celebration in the church occurring 49 days after Easter Sunday.  This celebration references the Biblical scripture from the book of Acts, Chapter 2, in which a large gathering of Christ’s followers were together and suddenly a force like a strong wind or fire swept […]

Recognizing the blessings!

Posted on May 28, 2020 by

Dear UCCI Family, By now most of you know that I grew up going to camp. I’m an Eagle Scout that camped every summer and several weekends. My father served the United Church Camps, Inc. (UCCI) Board, so we went to most every work camp at both Moon Beach and Pilgrim Center. I’m a 54-year-old man and I’ve […]

Longings

Posted on May 18, 2020 by

A couple of years ago, I learned fairly quickly as Managing Director, that my primary responsibility was to ensure the safety and well-being of the Pilgrim Center community.  At times this responsibility has meant making decisions that are not always fun or popular.  It means shutting down a swim period when there is a thunderstorm […]

hope and transformation

Posted on May 13, 2020 by

Here at Pilgrim Center, the earth is spinning continuously at almost 800 miles per hour, we are also rotating around the sun at about 67,000 miles per hour.  (If you don’t believe me, Google is a wonderful thing.)  These simple realities mean that change is a constant part of our world.  The air we breath […]

Loving All Others!

Posted on May 11, 2020 by

Dear UCCI Family –  Mother’s Day comes on the heels of Easter. That is no coincidence. By remembering all of the important women in our lives…the ones that birthed us, those who loved us unconditionally, who taught us right from wrong, who nursed our wounds, built us up, kept us humble, and always did what was right […]

Dreams…

Posted on May 4, 2020 by

Many people are experiencing more vivid, frequent, and stranger dreams during the corvid-19 pandemic.  Or at least more people are waking up remembering their dreams.  An internet search quickly reveals that many news outlets have run features in the past couple of weeks concerning dreams, and it does seem as though something different is indeed […]

Hope and Promise

Posted on Apr 27, 2020 by

This past Wednesday was the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day.  Back in 1969 the Earth Day movement was started in reaction to a number of significant environmental concerns; rivers were so polluted that they were known to start on fire, breathing in the air pollution within some cities was the equivalent of smoking two packs […]

Faith, Hope, and Flexibility

Posted on Apr 17, 2020 by

Dear UCCI Family – Today’s message comes with a heavy heart. I want to share that we have furloughed several of the UCCI Team and enacted pay-cuts for the remainder. We will continue to pay benefits to eligible employees and are taking strategic steps to keep UCCI solvent and operational. In the short-term, we are in survival mode […]

Christ is Present

Posted on Apr 13, 2020 by

Most of us found ourselves celebrating Easter this year in ways we probably never envisioned, most of us are currently living in ways we never envisioned, and I am wondering if there are similarities in how we might be feeling and how Mary Magdaline may have felt on that first Easter morning. If we try […]

Bittersweet Holy Week?

Posted on Apr 5, 2020 by

Bittersweet Holy Week?   As we find ourselves on the doorstep of Holy Week, I need to admit that for a long time Palm Sunday has made me feel uncomfortable and uneasy.  I think it is because I know how the end of the week turns out.  I know what is coming on Good Friday […]