Sermons for July 2021


A Hunger to Gather

Across the street from our new house is a sprawling oasis—the garden at Loring Elementary School. Our family took a turn caring for the garden this past week, watering, weeding, and harvesting. This garden challenges me, in a good way. I was taught to keep rows neat and give each plant its own space. This… Read More

Breathe and Push

Sometimes, the Spirit shows up at surprising times. One night last week, I opened my computer and set it on the kitchen counter, as Jen and I cleaned up after dinner. I tuned in to the General Synod, our United Church of Christ national meeting. Keynoter Valarie Kaur was literally in the middle of a… Read More

Courage in the Struggle

This week’s scriptures got me wondering . . . What does it mean to live with courage? I can think of many people whose extraordinary courage has made them well-known. Malala Yousafzai, who, even after taking a bullet to the head, continued to insist on education for girls in Pakistan. Youth climate activists like Greta… Read More

At Home and on the Road

When the worship team chose the theme for this summer—our spirits and the Spirit of God—I was delighted to hear that we would be using the 8th chapter of the book of Romans. This chapter includes passages of comfort, encouragement, and faith that I dearly love: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who… Read More