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The Rev. Dr. Homer Henderson

The Rev. Dr. Homer "Butch" Henderson is retired after having served 20 years as Senior Pastor of the Claremont United Church of Christ, Claremont, CA.

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The Rev. Dr. Homer Henderson

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Claremont United Church of Christ, Claremont, CA

The Rev. Dr. Homer "Butch" Henderson is retired after having served 20 years as Senior Pastor of the Claremont United Church of Christ, Claremont, CA.

He was the longest tenured pastor in the history of Claremont's first established church. For 15 years he was also an adjunct faculty member of Claremont School of Theology.

A United Church of Christ minister in full standing and the first ecumenical appointee of the United Methodist Church, Butch earlier served pastorates at St. Andrew's United Methodist in New Haven, CT; First United Methodist in Ropesville, TX; St. Matthew United Methodist in Lubbock, TX; and Plymouth Congregational UCC in Lawrence, KS.

Butch earned his BA from Southern Methodist University, his M.Div. from Yale (where he was awarded the Preaching Prize), and his D.Min. from Drew University.

Dr. Henderson has been active as a community leader, serving as president and treasurer of the Claremont Ecumenical Council, a board member of the Claremont Rotary Club, and a member of the Claremont City Dialogue Planning Committee, among many other organizational roles. He was instrumental in bringing the offices of the Foothills AIDS Project to Claremont UCC and has been the leader of World AIDS Day Services in Claremont since their inception.

He and his wife, Rosemary, are both from Lubbock, TX (where they played in the high school band with Buddy Holly). They have three children and five grandchildren.


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The Rev. Dr. Homer Henderson

Silence Bites

1 Kings 19:1-4, 8-15A

3rd Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7)

June 20, 2004

The Rev. Dr. Homer Henderson (UCC)

In many of our churches, each reading of Scripture is prefaced with the invitation to listen for the Word of God. That invitation is especially poignant given our text for this morning: the story of the prophet Elijah listening for the Word of God. To set the stage, Elijah is fresh from a contest with the prophets of Baal, a contest to prove whose God is for real, a contest for a prophetic authenticity. Both sides built a sacrificial altar, and when the prophets of Baal prayed to their god to light the fire on their altar, nothing happened. When Elijah prayed to God, fire came down from heaven and ignited his altar. And then in an overzealous moment of triumph, Elijah led the prophets of Baal down by the riverside, drew his sword, and slew them all.

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The Rev. Dr. Homer Henderson

Down by the Poolside

John 5:1-9

Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 16, 2004

The Rev. Dr. Homer Henderson (UCC)

According to an old legend, the Bethzatha Pool was supposed to have healing powers whenever its waters were troubled and agitated, presumably by an angel, a heavenly messenger. So we can understand why, as the story says, numerous invalids were usually lying around down by the poolside. They were waiting for a chance to get in the pool when the waters were agitated so they could be healed. You had to get wet to get well.

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April 11, 2004

Sunday Morning at the Improv

The Rev. Dr. Homer Henderson (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Homer Henderson, senior pastor of Claremont United Church of Christ in Claremont, California, takes a look at the Easter story and the wonderful and chaotic journey of life.