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The Rev. Talitha Arnold The Rev. Talitha Arnold has been the Minister of the United Church of Santa Fe since 1987, when the church was a 7-year-old new church start of the United Church of Christ.

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Rev. Talitha Arnold  has been the Minister of the United Church of Santa Fe since 1987, when the church was a 7-year-old new church start of the United Church of Christ. Since that time, the congregation has tripled in membership and is known in Santa Fe for its vital worship, diverse music, outreach and advocacy, and its engaging approach to the Christian faith for all ages. A native of Arizona and a graduate of Pomona College and Yale Divinity School, Rev. Arnold was the Interim Associate University Chaplain for Yale and served congregations in Connecticut and Arizona before being called to United Church of Santa Fe. She served on the Santa Fe's first Children and Youth Commission, as President of Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity, and the hospital Ethics Committee. Currently she co-leads the Faith Communities Task Force for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and just completed an 8-year term on the Alumni Board of Yale Divinity School. Her publications include the book, Worship for Vital Congregations, several essays in the Feasting on the Word lectionary series, and articles for The Christian Century, NPR's All Things Considered, The New Mexican, Albuquerque Journal, and the UCC's "Still Speaking" devotionals. She is currently working on a book on A Desert Faith for a Desert Time, funded by the Louisville Institute. She has received the United Church of Christ Antoinette Brown Award for outstanding women clergy, Santa Fe's Human Rights Award, Yale Divinity School's "Outstanding Recent Alum," a Lilly Endowment clergy grant, and Santa Fe's "Ten Who Made a Difference" award.

 


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Talitha Arnold: God's Hands

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The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand,
    satisfying the desire of every living thing.
Psalm 145:15-16



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Talitha Arnold: To Seek with Heart and Soul

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They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and with all their soul. - 2 Chronicles 15: 12



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his May 22 at the church I serve, we celebrate the "Rite of Initiation and Confirmation" with six young people from the congregation. The service marks the end of a two-year journey for the young adolescents and also the beginning of their adult lives, or the "initiation to adulthood" as we call it.

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April 13, 2017

Talitha Arnold: Who Is Jesus?

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)

In his masterwork, 'Messiah,' George Frideric Handel pulled out all the stops with his 'Hallelujah Chorus.' From its first 'Hallelujah' to its last, the piece uses trumpets, timpani, every other instrument in the orchestra, and every voice in the chorus to proclaim the 'King of Kings and Lord of Lords.'
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April 09, 2017

Talitha Arnold: The Strength of Repentance

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There's power in repentance, if only because we don't have to spend all that energy hiding from ourselves or others, including God.
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March 19, 2017

Talitha Arnold: Whom Shall We Fear?

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)

Psalm 27 starts out full of confidence. Sure of God's presence, light, and salvation, the Psalmist proclaims 'the Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?' If ancient Hebrew had punctuation marks, he probably would have ended with an exclamation point, not a question mark!
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March 09, 2017

Talitha Arnold: How Goes Your Soul?

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How is it with your soul today? That's the question John Wesley used two centuries ago when he developed a new way of being Christian, eventually called Methodism.
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February 07, 2017

Talitha Arnold: Jesus on the Journey

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'How are you doing?' I asked a friend recently. It was no trite question. My friend lives and works in Washington, DC. For 40 years, she's directed mental health programs in the Department of Health and Human Services.
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January 08, 2017

Talitha Arnold: A Prayer for a Leader

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May the leader be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth." - Psalm 72:6
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November 16, 2016

Talitha Arnold: Figuring Out the Plumbing

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Amos does not make for easy reading, because he did not live in an easy time. But he also offered his people a vision of what God truly wanted from them. 'Let justice roll down like waters,' he proclaimed, 'and righteousness like a mighty stream.'
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October 26, 2016

Talitha Arnold: A Song in a Weary Throat

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)

'By the waters of Babylon,' the Psalmist remembers, the exiled Israelites hung up their harps. In that strange and hard land, they'd lost hope and lost their voice. 'How can we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?' they lamented. But the Psalmist reminded them how to sing, even in exile.
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September 27, 2016

Talitha Arnold: Mustafah the Tailor

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"You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways." - Psalm 139:3
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August 31, 2016

Talitha Arnold: No Idol Words

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If I'm honest, I can turn all kinds of things into idols. Here are a couple of examples...
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July 09, 2016

Talitha Arnold: Joy in the Morning

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How joy comes isn't as important as that it will come--for you, for me, for this whole world.
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June 16, 2016

Talitha Arnold: It's in Our DNA

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Psalm 146 should be required reading for every political candidate running on the 'I'm a Christian, so vote for me' platform. The Psalm identifies who God is and what God does. In so doing, it defines what it means to be Christian.
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May 21, 2016

Talitha Arnold: To Seek with Heart and Soul

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)

This May 22 at the church I serve, we celebrate the Rite of Initiation and Confirmation with six young people from the congregation. The service marks the end of a two-year journey for the young adolescents and also the beginning of their adult lives, or the 'initiation to adulthood,' as we call it.
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May 04, 2016

Talitha Arnold: The Earth: More Than a Footnote

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Decades ago when the space mission Apollo 8 sent back the first pictures of the earth rising over the moon, it helped change our perspective on the world and our place in it.
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February 28, 2016

Talitha Arnold: Look Back in Wonder

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A few years ago, I did a solo hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, spent two nights at Phantom Ranch, and then trekked back to the top. It was the fourth time I've done the hike, the first being when I was in college, the last ten years before. Not surprisingly it took me a bit longer to get back up this time.
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February 12, 2016

Talitha Arnold: The Word that Shapes Us

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Almost every week for thirty-four of my thirty-five years of pastoral ministry, I've blessed the congregations I've served with a benediction based on this passage from Paul's Letter to the Romans (in turn based on his First Letter to the Thessalonians)...
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January 16, 2016

Talitha Arnold: To Walk with God and One Another

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Whether from 3,000 years ago or a mere 300, the covenant to walk with God and one another affirms that faith is a journey, best taken with others.
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November 15, 2015

Talitha Arnold: Trust the Vision

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How do you pray for the earth?
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October 25, 2015

Talitha Arnold: Changed--For Good

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You are the 11th son of 12 brothers. Your father loves you best. He lets the others know by giving you wonderful clothes. They get jealous (surprise, surprise).
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October 14, 2015

Talitha Arnold: The Way Out of No Way

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The author of Psalm 107 is thankful for many things—the hungry being fed, the prisoners set free, the sick healed. He or she sums it up in one line: 'God delivered them from their troubles and led them by a straight way.'
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September 15, 2015

Talitha Arnold: A Wise and Discerning People

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Like the Israelites, we are called to be a "wise and discerning people"--or in Thurman's words, "the permanent outlet for the creative energies of God."
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September 03, 2015

Talitha Arnold: Pain Tolerance

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Are there times in life when it's best to tolerate a little pain, to live with a little discomfort?
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August 18, 2015

Talitha Arnold: Hard-Headed Hope

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Hope is often under siege, whether in Paul's time or ours. One glance at the daily news makes hope seem naive and those who hold hope appear foolish. We often need the protection a helmet affords to keep hope alive.
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August 13, 2015

Talitha Arnold: The Bread of Angels

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The Psalmist remembers the wilderness years of his people, when they wandered in the desert of Sinai. Hunger and the threat of starvation were their constant companions in that harsh and barren land.
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June 25, 2015

Talitha Arnold: An Antidote To The Antichrist

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We don't use the term 'Antichrist' much in the United Church of Christ. Neither does the Bible. It only appears in the first two Letters of John.
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May 07, 2015

Talitha Arnold: Gather Up the Duct Tape

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The Christian church has many symbols for Resurrection—lilies, eggs, butterflies. I'd like to add some more—a sock, plastic tubing, and duct tape.
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April 23, 2015

Talitha Arnold: The One Who Gives Us Room

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'When my mother was diagnosed with cancer,' a friend shared recently, 'one of the greatest gifts was the nurse in the oncologist's office.'
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February 22, 2015

Angels in the Wilderness

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)

As we begin the season of Lent, the Rev. Talitha Arnold focuses on the moving image in Mark's gospel of angels ministering to Jesus in the wilderness--and encourages us to consider the angels we have known and loved, and who have loved us, in the wilderness times of our own lives.
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February 15, 2015

Trust the Transfiguration

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As we celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus, Talitha Arnold encourages us to be aware of the transfigurations that occur in our own lives through the grace of God.
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December 23, 2014

Talitha Arnold: How Can I Keep from Singing?

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)

Like the Psalmist, we sing our faith in the One whose love is steadfast, in every season, every time, every joy, every sorrow.
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October 25, 2014

Talitha Arnold: Not Until You Bless Me

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)

If there was one thing Jacob was good at, it was grabbing and hanging on. At birth, he'd grabbed his brother's heel so he could be the firstborn. Then he'd grabbed Esau's birthright and blessing. To get Rachel as his wife, he'd hung in with his uncle for 14 years. And one night, when the tables are turned and he gets grabbed and pulled into a wrestling match with an angel, Jacob again hangs on until he gets what he wants--a blessing.