Christian Education

Sep 20, 2020   ·  

We need to change. Modify. Adapt. Once we change, we create a new environment for ourselves. And this new environment creates change in us. When early Christians talked about the concept of metanoia, they meant a change of the heart and of the mind. So that’s what we will be doing. Changing the way we see each other; letting the change, change us; and allowing a change of heart and of mind. This new practice will bring us together, and keep us together, in a new way. More

Forgiving ourselves

Sep 13, 2020   ·  

When Jesus says that the kingdom of heaven is like a generous king, I initially like the idea very much. I imagine that the king is God and hope this God will generously forgive my debts, my transgressions… But then if I’m the slave whose debt is forgiven, I have to face my own meanness of spirit—my inability to pardon even the smallest debt from a fellow servant although I have just been granted enormous generosity. And where did God’s initial mercy go? Did the king-God decide that my sinfulness is so great that I do not deserve any more generosity but rather to be tortured? It’s a hard lesson to take. How can I apply this to my own life and come out a better person on the other side? More

Conflict

Sep 06, 2020   ·  

The Reverend Michele Morgan September 6, 2020 Proper 18 A Jesus said, “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two … More

Hidden Stories

Aug 23, 2020   ·  

The Reverend Patricia Catalano August 23, 2020 Proper 16   When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son … More

Under the Table

Aug 17, 2020   ·  

We have to be careful here because Jesus initially treats this woman very, very badly. There is nothing that can take away how painful it is that Jesus calls a woman in need a dog. And it’s not particularly soothing that she uses that same dog language to expand his thinking. It’s insulting and baffling, and I don’t think we should easily move on from that stumbling block. I do want to say that the Rev. Dr. Joy Jay Moore[3] reflected on this text by saying that she did not think it was ok that a woman of color or a minority woman had to argue for her humanity, argue for the fact that she was made in the image of God to God itself. Instead she preferred to interpret the text that Jesus was voicing the prejudices of his peers, knowing, all along, the humanity of the woman in front of him. 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

Women and children count in the feeding of the 5,000

Aug 02, 2020   ·  

Well…. Not only did he teach with them, parable after parable, story after story he spent time with them, and he with drew got on a boat and moved to another place in says in the text that, “Moved to compassion Jesus moved along them and healed them.”

Moved to compassion, what a great phrase. What a wonderful way to hear about moving through the world. What an amazing aspirational stance to take when you look at people.   I looked at people and I was moved to compassion. We look at a group of people and we are moved to compassion. We look at each other and we are moved to compassion. More

Don’t put down you wheatie head! A sermon to honor Congressman John Lewis.

Jul 19, 2020   ·  

John Lewis once said, “You cannot be afraid to speak up and speak out for what you believe. You have to have courage, raw courage.”  Senator Kamala Harris said, In his memory, let’s continue to speak out against injustice and have the courage to make good trouble.

It is in saying what we believe in power that will enter into a conversation, you can not keep your head down, you have to in times like these say what you believe and put your stakes in the ground.  John Lewis did that.

John Lewis said what he meant and he stood by it, marched for it, rode for it, got jailed for it and put himself out on the line for it.

We honor him by holding accountable the powers that be who could pass laws that open the way for all people to vote, saying nice things about him now that he is dead and gone, NO.  Honor him by passing the voting rights act.   We need to make sure that people can vote rather than judge them for not voting. More

Our world feels like it is falling apart. Transformation is desperately needed.

Jul 12, 2020   ·  

I’m not a gardener but I believe that shallow, rocky, or thorny soil can be transformed into good soil. It is an effort – but it is possible…God desires that we be open to this possibility of transformation. Only with good soil, can we make manifest God’s love and action in this world. Are we good enough soil to be able and willing to respond? What does it take to be good soil… to be ready for God’s grace? How can we encourage systemic change in our world? More

How do we go deeper to show up better?

Jul 05, 2020   ·  

As Wisdom calls to us, we are called to change. To understand beyond our sensory perception, the use of scripture, and gatherings, and talking to each other and bringing our whole self forward into the work of God in the world is the call.  It will change us.   Bring our whole selves. Bring our whole selves rather than picking and choosing.  I am not talking to just the Christians in this I am talking to you to go and do your work, to become more of what Wisdom is calling from us.  We need to seek an order to chaos, to be humble,  to use the tools that we are given to change. More