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The Rev. Matthew Ruffner

Matthew Ruffner: What Do the Eyes See?

Luke 14:1,7-14)

15th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

August 28, 2016

The Rev. Matthew Ruffner (PCUSA)


I wonder how many of you sat down to a meal this week--had dinner with a close friend or a family member. Like a real dinner--not in front of the television.

I wonder how many of you had three meals or more this week with a close friend or a family member where a smart phone was not present at the table.

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The Rev. Chase Peeples

Imperfect Community

Luke 7:1-10

2nd Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

May 29, 2016

The Rev. Chase Peeples (UCC)


Do you know your neighbors?  It's a question I've been thinking a lot about lately, because I don't know mine. I suspect a big reason I don't know the people living next door to me is that I'm too busy looking at my smart phone to notice them. 

Our technology allows us to retreat into an artificial world where everyone thinks the same and shares the same beliefs. Our self-selected sources of news and friends on social media can give us a false sense of community. When we look up from our screens, however, to take note of the Black Lives Matter movement, the on-going fights over LGBTQ equality and the battle over immigration, we discover that we are a culture divided on many fronts. We are afraid of one another. Personally, I think it is much easier to go back to looking at my phone. That way I don't have to deal with anyone who will really challenge my worldview.

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