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Heart to Heart: Reflections On Ferguson

Dear Members and Friends,

As we've  watched the tragic events of Ferguson Missouri play out in the media over the past few months, it has now sadly drawn to a close with the end result not unlike so many scenarios witnessed in the past. Our system of justice is badly flawed when this outcome is deemed JUST.

As a religious leader one of the roles that I feel very strongly about is that of comforter, but it’s difficult to comfort or be comforted in times such as these,…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on November 26, 2014 at 11:22am — No Comments

Heart to Heart:New Beginnings

As the days of summer begin to wane, and the blossoms that brightened our gardens droop their heads in wilt, we begin to acknowledge the changing season. Autumn ushers in a new slowness of being for most of us, as the tone and tempo of our lives change. Revealing itself slowly, autumn hovers around the edges of our consciousness, and when its crisp breezes are strong enough to pierce our summer clothing, we then take…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on September 1, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Heart to Heart: Marriage Equality

I am overjoyed that on May 21, 2014, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania took one more step toward affirming the inherent dignity and worth of everyone when a federal judge struck down the ban on marriage of same sex couples. It has been my privilege to officiate the blessing of many same sex unions for Gay and Lesbian couples in Unitarian Universalist sanctuaries over the past ten years.…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on May 23, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Heart to Heart: Bringing Out the Best

Most of us have probably come across the universal wisdom that the people who irritate us the most are expressing qualities that we ourselves have. This is why family members or close friends can be so annoying for so many of us, because we see ourselves in them, and vice versa. Of course this isn’t always true, but when it is, it’s a real opportunity for growth if we can acknowledge it, because it’s infinitely easier to change ourselves than it is to try to change someone else. Moreover,…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on October 1, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

The Heart Center: Unconditional Acceptance

There is an inherent goodness at the heart of everything, but at times we find it difficult to see the good in situations or people that aren’t to our liking. However, what’s really needed is the courage to look deeply into all things occurring in our lives. In our active, goal-oriented culture, we tend to engage in busy work on the surface of life, while mistrusting stillness. This tendency to avoid stillness blinds us to the good that lies at the heart of all things. However, if we stop…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on April 1, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Cultivating Peace

 

When the world is in chaos, we can return to our center and maintain a sense of calm in a sea of unrest. If we allow ourselves to be thrown off by every piece of disturbing news that comes our way, we may be relying too much on our emotions. When our feelings and thoughts activate each other in a hectic way, we become caught up in the confusion that surrounds us. However, locating the stillness at the center…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on March 1, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

Heart To Heart

Anticipating the Good

Change will occur in almost every aspect of our lives, but we can learn to embrace it while releasing the past with grace. As we close the door on another summer of transitions, (graduations, weddings and memorials) we begin to look forward with anticipation or dread. Sometimes we have so many varying responsibilities in our lives, ranging from work obligations to caring for children, and running a household, we become overwhelmed by it all.…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on November 1, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

New Women's Small Group Ministry Forming

The first Heart to Heart Women's Spiritual Circle is currently closed to new members to maintain confidentiality and to create a safe space.

There has been interest expressed in creating a new group, as several women missed the opportunity to join the first one. I am open to the creation of another Small Group Ministry. Please contact me with your availability if you are interested in starting a new group - 215.735.1315 revaddae@verizon.net 

From My Heart to…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on September 10, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

New Office Hours

Beginning September 12, my office hours are 1-5 P.M. on Wednesday afternoons, when  I can be found in the Shared Ministry Suite.  All other hours are by appointment only.

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on September 1, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Heart to Heart: Doing Our Best

Greetings,

Welcome to a new and exciting church year. What makes it so exciting is that we’re all back home again. Over the summer some of us have traveled to places far and near, others have wiled away the hours at local pools, and others have chilled in our own homes under the cool blast of air conditioning. Now, the new church year has arrived with new opportunities for all.

We often…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on September 1, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Heart To Heart: Life As We Know It



Life As We Know It



WOW! It’s hard to believe that we’ve come to the end of another fiscal church year. Maybe I was confused by the bizarre weather changes, because I tend to mark time by seasons. Whatever happened to spring? Perhaps entering 2012 threw us into some warp speed vortex;…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on June 6, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Heart To Heart: Celebrating Women

March is National Women’s History Month, with “history” being a misnomer. Although women’s stories are intertwined, and shared with men, several factors such as social, religious, economic, and biological  have worked to create a unique sphere for women's history. Women’s stories have become a separated because they have often been pushed to the margins of our history books, or have been omitted…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on March 1, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

Heart to Heart: Be Love Now

Be Love Now!



It’s that time of year again the month of February, the only month out of twelve with focus solely on heart shaped everything from coffee mugs to doughnuts and dog bowls. Whether sharing breakfast, lunch, or…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on February 1, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Heart To Heart

Small Steps Towards Big Change

 

With the season of light behind us, the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, the Christian celebration of Christmas, Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, and the African American celebration of Kwanzaa, once more the New Year offers us the opportunity for beginning again. The New Year provides space for wiping…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on December 31, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Heart To Heart

'Tis The Season To Be Joyful



It seems like only yesterday that we were planning picnics and pool parties, yet the time for tinsel and gift wrapping is right around the corner as the holiday season rapidly approaches. Beholding the joy of the
season may seem easy because of new relationships, additions to the family circle with the birth of a child, or employment after a long dry…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on November 28, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Life, the Greatest Teacher

Often times we may feel unsure of how to practice our spirituality or long for someone who has attained a higher level of insight to lead the way for us. Nevertheless, when we are open to receiving their wisdom, the people and situations we encounter every day have much to teach us. Because they may not look or act like our idea of a guru, we don’t recognize our teachers, yet they may embody great wisdom. From the insignificant to the major, all the situations in life conspire to teach us… Continue

Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on November 1, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Heart to Heart (Small Group Ministry)

Keeping it real” has become one of those overused phrases from pop culture.  Earlier on another popular phrase with the same meaning, “telling it like it is,” was overused. For the most part, I’ve observed that both of these phrases usually followed the deliverance of “truth” that the recipient found unpleasant to hear. People who keep it real share their authentic selves fully, presenting themselves, as they truly are, the good parts and the parts most of us would rather hide.…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on October 9, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Heart To Heart

Unifying Heart and Mind

 

Once again, it’s the end of summer and a new church year is just waiting to be filled. As we move through the year, please make note that as Community…

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Added by Rev. Addae Ama Kraba on August 30, 2011 at 1:44pm — No Comments

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