Stepping In

I want to invite you into a time of visual meditation on the art piece River by John August Swanson. First a bit about Swanson as an artist: His art reflected his strong heritage of storytelling, inherited from his Mexican mother and Swedish father. . . . He addressed human values, cultural roots, and the… Read More

Zoom Out, Zoom In

I watched the IMAX film Dark Universe at the science museum with Eliza. When it was over, I said to Eliza, “Do you understand what dark matter is now? Because I have no idea!” “I think that’s the point, Mom!” E. said with perfectly pitched preteen annoyance. “No one knows what it is.” “Oh. Right.”… Read More

Snake at the Manger

Peace is the message of this night. Yes, peace—peace for this omicron-infected Christmas Eve; peace amid the news of Kimberly Potter’s conviction and our lament and rage, our repentance and our hope that we might end violence against black and brown bodies; peace for an evening held within an unprecedented December that brought tornadoes to… Read More

Mother Mary Comes to Me

  The scene in the Gospel of Luke of two expectant mothers who meet to support each other is filled with remarkable poignancy. Both women are experiencing their first pregnancies. Each expectant mother needs and seeks comfort and support from the other in the unusual circumstances surrounding her pregnancy. Elizabeth is elderly and (we are… Read More

There’s a Voice

Last week we talked about the fact that Advent is a time of waiting. Not waiting like tuning out and doing nothing. Waiting that involves preparing. Getting ready. So, kids, what do and your families do to prepare for Christmas? Do you light Advent candles? Get a Christmas tree, set up a manger scene, make… Read More

Which Signs?

Kids, welcome to Advent. This is a time of waiting. What’s something REALLY GOOD you are waiting for?Waiting is hard. Most of us don’t like to wait. But, would the thing you are waiting for be as good if you didn’t have to wait? Looking forward to something can make you happy every time you… Read More

In Our End Is Our Beginning

Kids, let’s talk about time. Time is a circle—have you noticed? Clocks are circles. Each day is a circle: waking up, living our day, sleeping and waking again. And then the seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. We have our own kind if time in the church, which is also a circle, as you can see… Read More

Breathing Space

Kids: let’s talk about money. In our house when kids or grown-ups get money, we put it into three categories: spend, save, give. Let’s say we got $10 each week, we might spend most of that, like $8. Then we might set aside $1 to save for later and $1 to give and share. It’s… Read More

From Striving to Surrender

Kids: let’s talk about listening. The disciples really weren’t listening to Jesus. Today is the third time in a row he told them something. He said: don’t try to be the biggest or the best. Try to serve each other. And guess what? They got into another argument about who was the biggest and the… Read More

Looked at with Love

I’m going to begin with a word to our kids. Hi kids! Let’s talk about sharing. In today’s story, Jesus told a man to share everything he had. Everything. Sharing can be hard. But Jesus didn’t say that to make the man feel unhappy. He said it because he loved the man. Let’s think together… Read More