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The Power of the Pin – 7 Reasons to Wear It and Share It

After the recent U.S. election, our church supported the Safety Pin movement.   We handed out Safety Pins and encouraged people to wear them as a symbol of solidarity.   The pin says, “I will be a safe place for others.  Whatever your religion, race, immigration status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or other, you are safe with me.”

One congregant asked, “Is it okay to stick mean people with the pins?”

I laughed and said, “What do you think?”

Many others embraced the pin – we circulated over 800 of them.

But some opposed the pin.  Not so much in our church, but on social media.  One article, called Dear White People,” said it was wrong to wear the pin.  It described the practice as a passive gesture to help us feel good about ourselves without really accomplishing anything of value.

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Bank on Love

Have you hugged your banker today? I didn’t literally hug mine, but I did tell him that I loved him (in so many words).

Many of you know we’re doing a program in our Center. I’ve invited our congregation to give 40 gifts in 40 days. Through this practice, we challenge notions of scarcity and recognize we always have something to give. I’ve asked people to give past their comfort zones; for as we give beyond our comfort level, we reveal ways we limit our experience of Infinite Good.

I discovered after about 20 gifts, I was getting pretty good at releasing objects and money…. I went deeper and asked God how I could stretch in the practice.   God summoned me to look at my relationships….

”Uh-oh,” I said.

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