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Jul 3, 2024

With the 4th of July being celebrated this week, Pastor Arik uses the opportunity to examine the dangers of civil religion and why we need to be intentional about what becomes an object of our worship.

Jun 26, 2024

As Pastor Arik reflects upon a busy weekend, he lifts up those that made the many church events a resounding success. Join him as he embraces a spirit of gratitude for all those who gave of their time and energy this week. 

Jun 19, 2024

As we celebrate Juneteenth today, this week Pastor Arik takes a look at the history of the holiday and why we need to hold the celebration of the day in tension with the sorrow of slavery. 

Jun 5, 2024

As PRIDE month begins, this week Pastor Arik looks at why this is such an important month to celebrate as a faith community. Join him as he looks at how far we have come and how much further we have left to go. 

May 29, 2024

This week, as Pastor Arik prepares for our first outdoor worship service of the year, he does a bit of reflecting on why he loves gardening and the process of watching things grow. Join him as he explores the parallels between growing a garden and tending to the garden of our soul. 

May 22, 2024

In preparation for the first meeting of our church book club later this week, on this episode Pastor Arik takes a look at the book of Job and the reason what it still remains relevant to us in our world, today. 

May 8, 2024

With Mother's Day approaching this weekend, this week Pastor Arik looks at why he uses the holiday as an opportunity to celebrate the women in our lives as a whole, and offers up two poems from incredible poets that speak to the power of women in the world. 

May 1, 2024

As Pastor Arik worked from a coffee shop to try to get past his writer's block, he experienced an interesting phenomenon. Join him as he explores what "sonder" is and how it is something that can help us be more mindful in our lives. 

Apr 24, 2024

This upcoming Sunday afternoon, Ankeny UCC will be hosting the Central Association's Spring Meeting, followed by the installation service for Pastor Arik. Join him this week as he looks at what an installation service is all about, and why he finds it so special. 

Apr 3, 2024

With Easter now behind us, this upcoming Sunday we will hear the story of doubting Thomas. Join Pastor Arik this week as he explores a different approach to the story, and why doubt is so important to us as people of faith. 

Mar 27, 2024

With Holy Week upon us, this week Pastor Arik shares one of his favorite poems by the poet Sh'maya, titled, "The Shattered Grave"

Mar 20, 2024

With the upcoming Holy Week events taking much of Pastor Arik's time and focus, this week he releases an old interview from years ago when he sat down with a dear friend and coworker. Join us this week as Pastor Arik sits down with Ronald Gibson, an incredibly intelligent man and a talented organist, as they discuss Ron's life journey and his passion for music

Mar 13, 2024

With St. Patrick's Day approaching on Sunday, this week Pastor Arik looks at the origins of the holiday and how it has transformed into the celebration we have here, today. 

Mar 6, 2024

As new life returns to our world, this week Pastor Arik examines the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Join him as he explores how painful moments of deconstruction can create fertile ground for the new life that is coming next. 

Feb 28, 2024

This week Pastor Arik revisits an old interview he did with his best friend, Dr. Michael Sinklier, from eight years ago. Listen in to this old episode where they discussed Michael's faith journey, his passions, and some of his more memorable medical stories.

Feb 21, 2024

This week Pastor Arik examines how our routines can sometimes leave us feeling in a rut. As he explores an example in his own life, he encourages us to find ways to live intentionally in the present moment, and to live every day to the fullest. 

Feb 14, 2024

Today is Ash Wednesday AND Valentine's Day! This week Pastor Arik looks at how these seemingly opposite holidays actually work well when brought together. Join him as he explores how embracing our mortality makes those relationships in our lives, even better. 

Feb 7, 2024

As Lent approaches next week, this week Pastor Arik centers himself (and hopefully the listeners!) by leading a guided meditation. Find some time and a place to get comfortable before listening in to this week's episode!

Jan 31, 2024

In the midst of revamping the website and updating the church's logo, this week Pastor Arik looks at how the cross became the symbol of the Christian faith, and why the church's new logo will step away from this imagery.

Jan 24, 2024

This past weekend Pastor Arik attended a planning session with the church council. Coming away from the experience, he was impressed and hopeful for what the year will bring. Join him as he reflects upon what made this planning session different, and how we can apply these same lessons to our own lives

Jan 17, 2024

With the recent snow storms, this week Pastor Arik takes a look back on a fond memory he shared with an older member who traveled to church in the midst of a blizzard. Stay safe and warm!

Jan 10, 2024

TW: School Shootings

In the aftermath of the tragedy in Perry last week, this week Pastor Arik reflects upon the impact of these events in our lives and the lives of our children. Let us work toward and build a world where violence will be a distant memory. 

Jan 3, 2024

With the New Year before us, this week Pastor Arik looks at how we can choose to make this year the best year of our lives. In a year where there will be tension and uncertainty, let us choose to be beacons of light and love in the lives of others. 

Dec 20, 2023

With Christmas eve just around the corner, this week Pastor Arik reflects on what this season is truly about, and ends with a powerful reading titled "Silence and Fury"

Dec 13, 2023

With the Christmas Pageant approaching this Sunday, this week Pastor Arik looks at why the children of our faith are not just the future leaders of the church, but are vital to the church here and now

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