Sermons for August 2017

Be Present

Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting Gerald’s Tree portrays a dense, gnarly juniper with three tapering arms that reach toward the sky. Round red hills stand in the background while bright spring grasses grow beneath the tree. I was lucky to take a tour of O’Keeffe’s painting sites at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. On this walk, the… Read More

More Crumbs

In Colson Whitehead’s novel, The Underground Railroad, Cora escapes from a slave plantation in Georgia and rides the rails to a succession of different states. Many details, large and small, are imagined, and the story is often fantastical, but it tells truth. When Cora reaches North Carolina, the state has recently passed a law banning… Read More


Most of you know that I spent the spring and summer of 2016 in the West Bank of Palestine and in Israel. Some of you have traveled there as well. Just over a year ago, I was in Tiberius on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. I had traveled there from Hebron in… Read More


Hello, First Church! This morning, I’m grateful. I’m grateful for the gift of time—time to breathe, time to be a pilgrim, Sabbath time. I’m grateful for the ways the Spirit has stirred and nudged you during this sabbatical time. I’m grateful for our staff and lay leaders, for Mary Kay, who gave a little extra… Read More