Where to Invest in Your Spiritual Capital

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Last Week

Last week we had our third interview in our spiritual entrepreneur interview series with Rev. Brandan Robertson. My short sermon highlighted the dangers of social media addiction towards a desire for fame and money that drives online engagement.

Brandan offered a counterargument that platforms like Tik-Tok were valuable to ministries trying to reach new younger audiences, but that they were critical. He argued as the old church model dies away, the online world will become critical to the evolution of the church.

In our discussion time, Annabel raised the challenges of people finding themselves always platforming and not being authentic. We ended the discussion with my summing up with the analogy that in the same way we have had to adjust to plentiful food creating a diet and exercise culture, so too, will we need to create an online restraint culture. There’s some evidence the rising generation is figuring this out.

Here's the article I mentioned from the New Yorker:


Here's Brandan's Tik-Toks:


This Week

As we look at a new year, we look to see what we hope to change in the coming year. My sense is that due to the pandemic and other challenges most people are not all revved up to create new year’s resolutions. That might be a good thing because most give up by February.

Instead, I’ll be asking, where do you plan to invest in 2022? Money managers advise us where to invest our money. Productivity experts advise us where to invest our time. But few of us think about where to invest our soul. I’ll be exploring the idea that we might look at this coming year with the challenge of where we plan to invest our soul to grow in 2022.

In the investment world, you look for the ROI—return on investment. I’ll be looking at that by asking “Where do you invest your spiritual capital?"

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday at 5 Pm.


Rev. Rich Tafel

Parish House door in the snowstorm.

Sunday Service Order


Light a Candle

Open the Word

Take a Deep Breath




Matthew 6

19Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Swedenborg Insight

My experience has taught me that we are our greatest love or desire after death. All heaven is broken up into communities based on the different types of love we each have.

Every spirit who is raised up into heaven and becomes an angel is taken to the community where her or his love is. When we arrive there we feel as though we are in our own element, at home, back to our birthplace, so to speak. (Heaven and Hell §479)




(Lord's Prayer using sins/sin)


Thanks to Ross Capon for sending a photo of his beautiful evergreens covered in snow.

North side of church with the pastor's office window behind the street light.

Scenes from Washington Covered in a Foot of Snow

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