Reflections by Valerie

Valerie Chapman, D. Min
Staying together. Staying connected. Sunday Reflections during the time of the Pandemic.
Created 28 Mar 2020
  • Who is in Charge?
    26 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 0 1
    I am late writing this weekend. My husband and I were invited to meet up with friends for lunch and then our daughter invited us to take a last of the season, evening boat ride on the river. We couldn...
  • A Child in our Midst.
    19 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Share For the past few months, I have been facilitating abolition study groups using a curriculum put together by the Mennonite Church. In one session the scriptural reflection is on the passage from ...
  • Twenty Years Ago
    12 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Share This past week our airways have been filled with stories and remembrances of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. At the time, I had a new grandchild, just 11 days old. My youngest daughter was tw...
  • Are we Getting the Message?
    05 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    “Thus says Our God: Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be Strong, fear not! Here is your God, coming with vindication: with divine recompense God comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the bl...
  • What Love Demands.
    29 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    Leave a comment As I begin writing this day, I need to acknowledge what a hard time we are all living through. If it was possible to reach out to embrace, hug, high-five, shake hands or just to look i...
  • What Can be said of the Dignity of Human Persons?
    22 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    The scenes coming from Kabul as Afghans put themselves in danger to reach the airport with the hope of leaving the country, are heartbreaking. The fall of the Afghan government, the disbanding of the ...
  • Embracing the Mother: Embracing the Feminine.
    15 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    This weekend the Roman Catholic Church takes a detour in the readings to honor Mary, the Mother of God, the Theotokos (God-Bearer), the ever-virgin-always-innocent One who brought Jesus into the world...
  • A Meal Together
    08 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 2 2
    Share Reflections by Valerie Some years ago, I wrote that, “In its most profound sense, the Eucharistic banquet is not only a saving and sacramental meal, it is food for the journey, spiritual nourish...
  • Who Do We Think We Are?
    01 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    We have entered into the group of readings known casually as the Bread of Life Discourse in the Gospel of John. We are in the year of Mark, but Mark’s Gospel is too short to fit properly into the Litu...
  • Who will feed Them?
    25 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Leave a comment From a young age I was formed to believe that putting other people’s needs before my own needs was the right thing to do, the most satisfying and holy action to take. Surely part of th...
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