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    A Few More Things

    Dear DUMC Beloved Community, Thank you, all, for being witnesses of Christ to our church. I have had a number of delightful interactions with many of you, and am heartened and hopeful for the next 2 weeks, and our continuing practice of being church together. Following up from our previous post, here are a few more pieces of information: As they meet in much smaller numbers, committee meetings and small groups may continue over the next two weeks at the discretion of individual committee chairs or leaders. Please do not attend any event if you are feeling ill in the slightest, or if, in any way, you meet the at-risk criterion…

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    Temporarily Closing a Building, but Not the Church

    Greetings Durand UMC community – The news of the COVID-19 pandemic changes moment by moment, affecting global economies and impacting the health of humans irrespective of nationality, age, or socioeconomic situation. Still, the force and weight of it falls heaviest on the poor, the aged, and those whose health is already compromised. As those who follow in the way of Jesus, we are compelled to respond appropriately to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable. You may already know that the governor of Illinois released a statement this afternoon that all schools will close their doors through March 30th. https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-pandemic-chicago-illinois-news-20200312-kn45pek3cnegld3r7a7ts7azbe-story.html Given the blanket closures in IL and WI, your…

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    Art of Silence

    Silence is hard. Silence leaves us vulnerable to deeper, darker thoughts. But we cannot hear anything if we don’t listen. And it is only when we are willing to meet whatever it is we find in that silence – in all of its sometimes frightening discomfort – watered by our attention – that something might grow out of the deep, dark, and clumpy soil. When Jesus responds to Mary during the wedding at the Cana, “Woman…” there is something so intimate about that. Jesus is saying, “Woman, individual, human of great worth, you matter to me – listen.” And Mary does pause. She seems to take a breath and center…