Sermons


Treaty People

“We are all treaty people.” This phrase has been rolling around in my mind and heart recently. Over the last few weeks, walkers traveled 256 miles from the headwaters of the Mississippi to the State Capitol, to oppose Line 3, to protect water, and to insist that we uphold our treaties. On Tuesday, I joined… Read More

Eating Jesus

I couldn’t resist. “The round jubilance of peach.” Actually, many jubilant peaches. The big box of Colorado peaches. We finished our first box so I bought a second one yesterday! All week long, they’ve sat on the counter, fragrant and ripe, perfectly firm yet perfectly soft; colored like a magnificent sunrise: yellow/orange/pink; the skin (as… Read More

Food that Endures

Last Sunday, we hosted my brother’s family at our new house for the first time. They had seen pictures and taken the Zoom tour. And yet, it was so important to have them in our home, in the flesh. Now they’ve chatted in our kitchen and sat under the shade pergola in the backyard. They… Read More

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

Persistent Healing

How is it with your spirit? How is it with the Holy Spirit? These are the theme questions for this summer’s worship at First Church. In this sermon I will speak to each question, with the aid of words from the biblical books of Lamentations and Mark. My own spirit, during this past year, has… Read More

Stand

 I meet regularly with a really wonderful group of clergy colleagues. This week, after we took some time for silence and shared our check-ins, we got to talking about recent events, about the unnerving sense that hate-filled violence is just around the corner. Law enforcement gunned down Winston Smith with a complete lack of transparency… Read More

Here

Dear friends, how good it is to be here. Wherever you are is called Here / And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,/ Must ask permission to know it and be known. After fifteen months of exile, here we are again, gathered in this sacred space. Here, the air vibrates with music and… Read More