In this past Sunday’s sermon, Pastor Andries (Dries) Coetzee reflected on Luke 15:1-10 in light of Westminster Presbyterian Church’s partnership with the Wooster/Orrville NAACP and other communities of faith in the #WayneCountyFairForAll movement. Our goal is to uphold the family atmosphere and diversity of the Wayne County Fair as we petition the Fair Board not to allow the sale and/or display of confederate flags and memorabilia by vendors.
In celebrating Pentecost, Westminster joined “Faithful America”, in remembering how the Holy Spirit has knit together people of all nations and languages to share Jesus' good news. Not telling anyone who to vote for - only speaking truthfully and legally about how all the members of the body of Christ, in our rich diversity, are called to unite in confronting the blatant racism and hatred of presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
Sermon preached on Reformation Sunday based on Mark 10:46-52. In this sermon we explore why we need a church based protest movement opposing the sale or display of confederate flags and/or confederate flag merchandise at the Wayne County Fair. (*The sermon title is from an article by Diana Butler Bass, Sermon title from Putting the Protest Back in Protestant, Diana Butler Bass, A Great Awakening, Patheos, 2011 http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dianabutlerbass/2011/10/putting-the-protest-back-in-protestant/)
As one of the six pastors who signed a letter in the Daily Record, July 8, 2015, entitled "Clergy Support Ruling on Gay Marriage," I was profoundly saddened by some of the responses in the Letters to the Editor of the Daily Record. Many of the letters became deeply personal in their attack, especially against LGBTQ people. I think it is important for us, as part of the larger Wooster/Wayne County community, to reflect on this public debate as it asks the fundamental question of who we as a community aspire to be as a people. A sermon based on based on James 3:1-12.
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