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From the Preacher 3.15.2021

From the Preacher 3.15.2021

This past Saturday marks the anniversary of the day the California shelter-in-place order was given. I remember, because that week had already been off to a weird start with the time-change, a full moon, and Friday the 13th. (Not that I’m superstitious or anything…..)...

From the Preacher 3.8.2021

From the Preacher 3.8.2021

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been really enjoying our weekly gatherings to deepen the discussion around our Lenten series “Choose Love.” I always leave with more than I brought, and hope others are finding this too. For instance, just yesterday, we opened the...

From the Preacher 3.1.2021

From the Preacher 3.1.2021

Dear friends, In his book, Love Is The Way, Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times, Bishop Michael Curry describes how his church assignments as an intern stretched his understanding of what serving the church looked like. When he began his internship, he was placed in...

From the Preacher 2.22.2021

From the Preacher 2.22.2021

“For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.”  - Mark 8:35 During the season of Lent, we commit ourselves to remembering and walking with Jesus in his final days and weeks...

From the Preacher 2.15.21

From the Preacher 2.15.21

This week we begin the Christian season of Lent. You may know it as the season when you give up chocolate, or alcohol, or (if you’re brave) Girl Scout cookies, but historically the season has little to do with a limited sugar intake, and more to do with disciplining...

From the Preacher 2.8.2021

From the Preacher 2.8.2021

There are certain texts in our gospel that are more difficult to understand than others. A virgin conceives a son. A man, blind from birth, receives his sight. A crowd of 5000 is fed with two fish and five loaves. Water turned into wine.   This week, we hear again the...

From the Preacher 1.25.2021

From the Preacher 1.25.2021

Here in this season of Epiphany, the texts we read in worship help us to see Jesus in the light God intended. He is proclaimed to be God’s Son at his baptism. Nathaniel calls him “Rabbi, …the King of Israel.” The first disciples set down their nets to follow this new...

From the Preacher 1.19.2021

From the Preacher 1.19.2021

It wasn’t until I lived in the South, that I realized the kind of courage it took for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to respond to God’s call the way he did. It wasn’t until I went to his memorial in Atlanta, and explored the historical sites; until I listened to...

From the Preacher 1.13.2021

From the Preacher 1.13.2021

Dear friends, Recently I was invited to join a women’s interfaith book club.  Each month we read a book from authors who are either Jewish, Muslim, or Christian.  The focus of this group is to draw us away from our comfortable or familiar readings into words and...

From the Preacher 1.5.2021

From the Preacher 1.5.2021

Yesterday, I discovered in my inbox at church two Christmas cards. Both of them were completely unexpected, from people I have known and felt kinship with from different chapters of my life. Each sender, no longer having an up-to-date address for me, sought out the...