Clergy Confessional (1) -The Evil Within

This is Emmanuel AME church, the place where a gun toting racist lunatic murdered 9 people. We may never know what truly motivated Dylann Roof to commit this heinous crime, but we do know that he was, in part, led by an ideological hatred of people of African descent. His anger verged on insanity, but…

When Will the Madness Stop?

Another violent event involving a police officer and teenagers. This one did not end in death –  probably thanks to the other police present who kept cool – but it very well could have. There was a pool party with way too many teenagers, and when it got out of hand, the police were called,…

Are you tired of the hate?

The media portrays Christianity – usually – in very negative ways. We in Berks County are blessed to have such an excellent and positive Religion Section in the Reading Eagle, but most national and global media is not so nice. They know that hate and anger and divisiveness sells, and doing good for others is…

Welcoming the Stranger – and the strange

The Doors said it best – “People are strange, when you’re a stranger.” Too often people feel out of sorts when they visit a church (or return after a long time away). A new setting, new people, different music and preaching and prayers – and the worst thing that those in the church can do…

What is it like being an Open & Affirming Congregation?

Although we became an ONA congregation in 2014, the process to become a place that publicly welcomes the LGBTQA communities took 2 years. We learned, discussed, disagreed, and ultimately voted overwhelmingly to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. Some of members disagreed so much that they left, while new people join us…

Welcome to Calvary!

We are an urban congregation of the United Church of Christ living in community and faithfulness. As an Open & Affirming Congregation, we welcome all of God’s children. If you are looking for a congregation that truly works at being inclusive, please join us on the journey – Peace!.