Series

Christmas Day

Dec 25, 2020   ·  

Our story is to be with God, or if you rather a selfless way to go through the world.  Seeking and serving Christ in ALL others.  This Christmas morning is the start.  Like my young couples being reminded that the wedding is the start of the marriage and that they will have to work to keep it alive, and creative and ongoing and generative.   Christmas morning the birth of this child, the breaking of God into the life of Humanity is the start.  WE are called people to move towards others so their lives will not have to be one of suffering we are called this morning to realize that this is the start not the fulfillment of God promise to this world and we are called to change the world, to be apart and to help as we can  so that any child born outside has a chance to grow up and be apart of this world in new and amazing ways.   More

Christmas Eve 10 Pm

Dec 24, 2020   ·  

Yet this is a story where the people are ordered around by the powers that be and yet the Shepherds who are called to announce the good news, to come and see the baby to companion this brand new family.  THEY ARE  outside the power structure.  They are immigrant and they are outsiders That is part of this story, too.  

THIS IS A STORY OF HOPE  and we hear it every year so that we can be reminded to be the part of the good of the story the people struggling the ones calling out the powers that be.   More

Mark Lays It Out For Us

Dec 06, 2020   ·  

God breaking into this world, God becoming human, and instead of the worst of all of our fears, God came as a child and a very human child. A child dependent on others to care and feed, to give comfort, to love and care for god as a child. It is an amazing story of vulnerability. Giving up power to learn something, to know more about the life of humanity. This is the beginning of the story. More

Where is our sense of wonder…can it lead to radical love?

Nov 29, 2020   ·  

Valarie Kaur is a social justice activist, lawyer, filmmaker, innovator, mother and Sikh American and I am reading her book, A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, her work is about Revolutionary love how we get to living into that love. As Raymond Williams says “Kaur provides us a book that is part memoir and part how to manual on how to practice what she describes as “revolutionary love”. She defines revolutionary love as the active decisions humans make to wonder about others, our opponents, and ourselves. This act of wonder, she says, will help make the world a better place. Failing to wonder ultimately leads to violence against people who we consider the other.”

It is in wonder that we can see past our own fears, we can reach past to see who else is other there and who can be part of our journey. More

What does Jesus have against goats? (Christ the King)

Nov 22, 2020   ·  

The parable of the goats and sheep are not just about a dollar to the homeless man, or a donation to Everyone home DC, or the Incarceration ministry or Washington Interfaith Network.  We should do all of that work.  The parable of the sheep and the goats is about changing our perception.  It is about changing our eyes, our hearts, our ears…so that we see.  In Native circles we are told we cannot see with colonizers eyes.  You can be 100% Native and still have be taught in residential schools and you have the eyes of a colonized person, so we must train ourselves to see a new.   More

How do we be non-anxious?

Nov 08, 2020   ·  

I still have anxiety about a lot of things, mostly about people,……. mostly you all who I have not seen. I feel that I have a little more capacity to deal with the world as it is rather than the wild images in my own head. We have seen almost 50 million cases worldwide and the daily infection rate is again out of control. So we still have much to be cautious about.   Yet, caution is different than anxiety. Caution can keep us safe, anxiety puts us in danger and more importantly, it can be spread. More

Further Up and Further In

Nov 03, 2020   ·  

“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!”  This is the last of the battle of good and evil and and the main characters, and every one, (except some ill tempered Dwarfs who do not see…) are going further up and further in. More

It Is Not Easy, It Is Not Work for the Faint Hearted But It Is Our Work

Nov 03, 2020   ·  

There is voter restriction all over this country and we are reminded that we have to continue to fight for everyone’s voices.  It is not easy, it is not work for the faint hearted but it is our work, to bring the conversation, the debate to all.  To learn how to not only bring out Heart Mind, and soul into the conversation.  But to bring in others too, and to listen to the Heart Mind and Soul of all and in that we can live into the commandment to love your neighbor as yourself.  More

Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud

Sep 27, 2020   ·     •   Matthew 21:23-27

Jesus is very clear that we are called to change. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw (them change), you did not change your minds and believe him. I am taking a class at EDS and the book we are reading is Black Theology and Black Power by Dr. James Cone. Dr. Cone, who is the father of Black Liberation wrote this book in 1969…and what Dr. Cone is writing then could today have the phrase Black Lives Matter replace Black Power. Fifty-one years ago we heard that it is impossible to place whiteness and our white sensibilities in the way of moving toward a life in Jesus.  More

… grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world

Aug 09, 2020   ·  

The image of Jesus off alone praying crops up in the narratives of his life and as I have gotten older I have craved this kind of example that he sets, this connection to quiet, and to his ability to anchor the work that he is doing in the world. I have spent more time in quiet meditation since March than I have since I was in seminary. I have gotten quiet a lot. I am trying to find a way to anchor this experience of grief and sadness as we continue to try and stay home and keep each other safe.   Cases are over five million in this country and over 160,000 people have died. More