Sermons for September 2013

“Mind the Gap”

Several years ago, I took part in an anti-racism study dialogue circle. During one session, we lined up in a row at one end of a large parking lot. The facilitator read a series of fifty statements. These statements, formulated by Peggy Macintosh, the associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, articulate the ways in… Read More

Finding Justice in Shrewd Subversion

About a year ago, I met a woman named Vicki. Vicki is a single mom, in her early thirties, working on her college degree. She had also only recently gotten out of a massive spiral of debt. With two kids and a full-time job in the service sector, making ends meet became increasingly difficult, and… Read More

The Gift of Repentance

Fifty years ago today, on September 15, 1963, at 10:22 am, a bomb went off in the basement of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. This African-American church was a center for the Civil Rights movement, hosting meetings and marches. That morning, four young girls were killed: Addie Mae Collins (14 years old),… Read More

The Cost and Joy of Discipleship

“Hate your family”, “carry the cross”, “consider the cost”, “give up all your possessions”. Psst! Hey, Jesus, what’s your deal today? Don’t you know it’s Celebration Sunday? Faithful members of the church have been away during the summer— traveling, at the cabin, or just claiming some much-needed down time. We’re welcoming them back today, not… Read More

Table Manners

These past few weeks have been busy for us – out on the street. Spaghetti and stepping stone mosaics. Puppets and baked potatoes. Breakfast bar and open mic. Today, the lemonade stand for students moving in. This coming Tuesday, pizza making and grilling and then Celebration Sunday! Plenty of neighbors have stopped by to eat,… Read More