High Country UCC – Boone, NC with Pastor Tamara Franks

Musicians from High Country UCC

Welcome from High Country United Church of Christ

We are a safe, loving environment, to discover and cultivate spiritual growth, and to establish community by reflecting and celebrating God’s love. Our mission is to inspire positive change in our world as we are led by Christ’s example of love, compassion, and acceptance of all people.

Coming Soon – Podcasts of High Country UCC




Music and Justice for All

Notes From Leaning In

Kristina Tippett – On Being with Fr. Greg Boyle for entire episode, please On Being

John Templeton Foundation

Homeboy Industries

You Are Welcome – Akwaaba It is a translation from Twi, an Akan language widely spoken in Accra and around Ghana. “Akwaaba,” therefore literally means that you are welcome to this place.

Patristics – Life in the Desert
Abba – Early Church Father
Amma – Early Church Mother

Story of Abba Lot 

Abba Lot came to Abba Joseph and said: Father, according as I am able, I keep my little rule, and my little fast, my prayer, meditation and contemplative silence; and, according as I am able, I strive to cleanse my heart of thoughts: now what more should I do? The elder rose up in reply and stretched out his hands to heaven, and his fingers became like ten lamps of fire. He said: Why not become fire?


[ draws, dros ]noun
waste matter; refuse.
Metallurgy. a waste product taken off molten metal during smelting, essentially metallic incharacter.
British. coal of little value.

kenosis (Greek: κένωσις, kénōsis, lit. [the act of emptying])
ke·no·sis | \ kə-ˈnō-səs , kē-\
Definition of kenosis
: the relinquishment of divine attributes by Jesus Christ in becoming human
Other Words from kenosis
kenotic \ kə-ˈnä-tik , kē- \ adjective
First Known Use of kenosis
1873, in the meaning defined above
History and Etymology for kenosis
Late Greek kenōsis, from Greek, action of emptying, from kenoun to purge, empty, from kenos empty

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Hold Fast to What Is Good

A blog and some art and some liturgy

Sudden Awareness

It's like I just awoke to find myself living someone else's life

Mouth Brothels

"Great restaurants are, of course, nothing but mouth-brothels. There is no point in going to them if one intends to keep one's belt buckled." ~Frederic Raphael

Notes to the Ether

Aeolian Dissonance

Missouri Vaun

Writer of lesbian romance

Jordan Venditelli

"Though they be but little, they are fierce." Throwing fierce thoughts into the void, hoping something will echo back.

Song of the Lark

Music, melodies, mutterings

Sense of place ...

Photos and words, primarily about the mountains of Western North Carolina

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