Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Reverend Laurie's Blog

"May God open our hearts and our hands even more to care for the stranger." - 01/27/2017

There was an after school program at the church I served before Grace. It was established primarily for the children of immigrants from places like Honduras and Pakistan whose families had settled in our blue collar town. One of the families ran a restaurant. Many times when I’d go there for take-out their youngest would be sitting in a booth watching TV because he had nowhere else to be. There were also a few kids who stayed in the staff lounge of the local CVS, sometimes till 10:30 at night while their mom worked and a girl in 6th grade who was by herself at home late into the night for the same reason. Even though it was only for a three hours a day, the afterschool program was a

The Bishop Is Coming! - 01/20/2017

Did you know Grace Church Van Vorst sponsored a candidate for the priesthood who many years later became one of the most beloved bishops of New York? In 1949, Grace Church Van Vorst was only opened on Sundays and the few people who came were poor, white, mostly elderly and unable to leave the neighborhood when it became predominately African American. Into this pointedly segregated church enters Paul Moore, his wife Jenny with their baby and two friends from seminary. Paul Moore was from one of the wealthiest families in the country. Perhaps that’s why he was able to buy a television (which no one in downtown Jersey City had) and put it in the Parish Hall, inviting the whole neighborhoo

Notes On Our Annual Meeting - 01/13/2017

“I don’t care” and “It doesn’t matter.” were like the salt and pepper shakers of conversation in my family growing up. Once, my Grandfather got called to task for a cigarette burn on my mother’s new living room chair. He threw a pillow over the mark and said “It don’t matter.” Too often I teased my little brother until he ran into his room. If I apologized from the other side of the locked door he’d usually yell “I don’t care!” Weary from work and housekeeping, my mother often responded with “Uh-huh” while I told her about my problems. Eventually I’d notice that she wasn’t listening and I’d storm off. If she called out to ask what was wrong, you can guess the reply: “It DOESN’T matt

Notes From Rev. Laurie - 01/06/2017

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." -Matthew 2:1-2 I just purchased The Book of Joy: a collection of conversations between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. These global leaders represent two very different religions but consider each other spiritual brothers. One lived through apartheid and the other has been in exile for a half century, yet these men delight in listening to each other speak about compassion. They both have significant experiences with violence but f

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