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    From the Pastor

    Rev. Scott Crane

    Living Within the Tension...

    There is so much going on in the world today. Violence seems to be all around. And, in our humanity, there is a great divide as to how we should address it. Even the debates over what is right can increase the volatility of the issues.

    I have found that, when it is difficult to imagine a final solution to a problem, it is best to focus on the process with which I come to the issue. Am I being realistic? Am I weighing out all the issues on both sides? Am I focusing only on that which is comfortable for me or looking out for a larger good? Does my need to be right outweigh doing the right thing? Rarely will one have a healthy outcome without a healthy process.

    All the above questions are necessary because, as humans, we all live within the tension of addressing individual needs and communal needs. What is good for me isn’t always what is best for the larger community. And what is good for the larger community doesn’t always feel comfortable for me. The question for each of us, as individuals, is this really a mountain I must die on to defend for myself or should I sacrifice my rights and my opinions for a greater good? Sacrificing for the larger good does not mean we don’t still hold our beliefs close; it simply means that there is a higher priority that is more important at the time. Indeed, things may change, and different decisions may be made in different contexts. As much as we are told through advertising, life is not simply about me or my preferences.

    There is also another facet of issues that we must be realistic about. Rarely are things simply black and white. Most issues have nuances that can add to the confusion. For example, when a child acts up or behaves wrongly in a very creative way, it is possible to condemn the behavior and still admire the creativity. Rather than either/or, it is both/and. I did want my son to behave as he was growing up. But, I didn’t want him to follow blindly because I forced him. I wanted to him to engage his own beliefs and thoughts as he grew older, finding ways to make good choices for himself.

    I read an article by Brené Brown, recently, regarding the gun debate that continues to divide many in very opinionated ways. It was less about a perfect solution and more about learning the nuances of a situation. Indeed, her desire is to see people use their thinking processes to reframe the issue when necessary. Polarized comments work good for lobbyists and politicians, usually playing on fear and emotion, but do not, necessarily portray the larger truth of reality.

    The article reminded me that much of life is learning to live within the tension. Not everyone fits into nice, neat little groups of “us” and “them.” There are a lot of variations in between. Instead of seeing a half-pie shaped graph with only two pieces, perhaps we need to realize that the graph can be divided into three or more groupings. While binary thinking may be great for computers, we need to perceive human concerns in different ways.

    This is the season of Lent for Christians. It is the forty days leading up to Easter, where we often remember Jesus time in the wilderness, in a season of temptations and trials. He does not run from this wilderness but, rather, being sent by the Spirit, stays focused on listening to God. It is a time of letting so of superficial, selfish things and tuning in with the larger will of God…things more substantive in this journey of life and faith. It is learning to trust God more, especially in our weakness and vulnerability.

    I share this because I think our culture seeks to avoid the wilderness. We want everything neat and tidy, as well as have absolute control over our circumstances. Yet, spirituality is about learning to let go. It is understanding that we don’t need to control everything. It is about learning our boundaries, limits and expectations and keeping them real. As Brené Brown comments in a talk on vulnerability, “it is about letting go of who you think you need to be so you can be who you really are.”

    This Lent, recognize that life is not a puzzle to be solved but a journey to be lived. It is a process to learn and to grow. It is less about controlling various outcomes in our lives and those of others and more of learning to live in each moment in healthy ways. Indeed, as Scripture says, “it is better to take the log out of our own eye before we attempt to take the speck out of our neighbor’s eye.” May we use, not only this season of Lent but, our whole faith journey to be more disciplined to live in healthy ways, physically, emotionally and spiritually. And, as we become healthier, our impact of those around us will carry a more positive influence.

    Grace & Peace,
    Pastor Scott