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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Reformation Day – 31 October 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

An article about Reformation Day appeared in the October 6, 2006 issue of “The Vision” (The Newspaper of the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church). In it were mentioned some interesting facts about Reformation Day with suggestions about its observance.

According to the article, the Reformers – Martin Luther and John and Charles Wesley – did not want to create new denominations. The writer goes on to suggest hymns and excerpts of a public prayer of confession by Pope John Paul II which could be used in a service.

This prayer excerpt caught my attention because it speaks of praying for people who have been “humiliated and marginalized” and facilitating “the way to reconciliation and communion among all Christians.” Reading these words brought to mind the way sensitive people, who have sought comfort in their loss of a companion animal or have asked for prayer for other animals, have been hurt and humiliated by pastors of churches. Many have withdrawn from these churches.

I also thought of how John Wesley, whom Methodists regard as their founder, was a vegetarian and truly cared about other animals. It is sad to see churches and organizations lose the ideals of their founders.

Please read Frank’s Reformation Day sermon:   

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