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A Message from Pastor Holgie Choi


Over the years, our nation has become deeply divided over many issues.    Divisiveness is seen within our schools, families, and even in our churches. Protests are happening all across our country on our college campuses.  Shouting matches are heard at school board meetings.  Name calling happens frequently over social media.  People no longer trust anyone who has a different perspective.  I ask this question: “How did we get so divided?”

The next question is, “What do we do?”   Here in our congregation, our primary mission is to bring reconciliation to this world through the healing work of Jesus Christ.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer once quoted, “Who is Jesus Christ for us today?”  He is not only a moral teacher and friend, but the One who brings us closer in our relationship with God.  Christ helps us to see this world through a different lens that inspires  us to reach out to the poor, oppressed, and downtrodden.  The Spirit even challenges us to share a meal together with people who have different belief systems.

So I send us off with this prayer: “O God, help us as good citizens to respect neighbors whose views differ from ours, so that without partisan anger, we may work out issues that divide us and pray for our elected leaders to serve the common welfare through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

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