2019 Ash Wednesday

The Ash Wednesday service was an evening outdoor service, lakeside around a fire, at the home of Dana, Chip, and Jackson Cosper held on March 6. It was a beautiful lakeside service around a fire. There were inspiring readings and sharing from many who were there about their hopes and dreams for their Lenten journey. Jim Andrews led the singing and played guitar. Yoko Nogami played “Whiskey Before Breakfast” on the banjo. Many thanks to all who participated and to Chip and Dana for their hospitality.


Pictures of Gun Violence Die-In Protest at Marco Rubio’s Tampa Office

On Tuesday June 12, Earl Waters and Rev. Kim Wells participated in the “Die In” in front of Marco Rubio’s office in the federal court house in Tampa.

Most Americans support stronger gun laws — laws that would reduce deaths.

Rubio is one of the top 10 career recipients of NRA funding – through donations or spending to benefit the candidate – among both current House and Senate members. The New York Times estimates the NRA has spent $3,303,355 to support Rubio.

The demonstration in front of Rubio’s Tampa office included about 30 people most of whom were teenagers. In addition to signs and chants, the event included thoughtful remarks from several of the high school students.

The event was held on the second anniversary of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Participants in the “Die In” were invited to lay down on the sidewalk, as if they had been shot, for 12 minutes. Those who did not lie down carried signs for the benefit of passing cars.