Blessings and Woes

This sermon is inspired by Ronald Allen, Professor Emeritus of Preaching, Gospels and Letters at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis; Ernie Allen, a Nazarene Pastor in Chattanooga; and Rev. Clyde Steckel. In 2017, the New England Patriot’s won Super Bowl LI by a score of 34-28 over the Falcons. After the game, the Patriots quarterback… Read More


On Thursday morning, as I drove around in the snow, I listened to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talk about the Green New Deal on NPR. As the interview unfolded, I began to cry, right there in my car. These strong emotions surprised me in that moment when I should have been solely focused on traveling safely…. Read More


            As a kid, I was often mis-gendered. I had short hair, hated wearing dresses, had no interest in make-up, and really wanted to play football with the boys. I’d be sitting in a restaurant with my family and the waiter would say, “Sir, what would you like for lunch?” Or I’d walk into a… Read More

My Journey of Faith and Gender

I am honored that Pastor Jane invited me to offer this sermon here at my home church. During Epiphany season, we are exploring how we might experience the presence of God in our community, and this year we are using the image of the threshold as a special place of focus. Today I wish to… Read More

“Spiritual Gifts”

This sermon is inspired by Michael Sahfi, a writer with The Guardian; N. Graham Standish, a clergy spiritual director; poet Mary Oliver; and blogger, author and Pastor, John Pavlovitz, whom I had the pleasure of hearing speak last night at Plymouth Congregational Church.             John Allen Chau was a dedicated Christian steeped in missionary work…. Read More

When You Pass through the Waters

When I saw the photo on the bulletin cover, which someone sent in response to our “thresholds” theme, I laughed out loud. It captures one of our doorways here at the church. “Use other door,” the sign says. I don’t know what the person who took the photo was thinking. Here’s what this submission made… Read More

Overwhelmed with Joy

I hesitate to admit this, but I’m not really a dog person. I’ve never had a dog as part of my household so I don’t quite know how to act around them. I get grossed out when they lick my hands and annoyed when they jump on me. Felix, a schnoodle, belongs to my brother’s… Read More

Silent Night, Holy Night

Was the organ broken? Had mice chewed the bellows? Or perhaps flooding had ruined the whole instrument? There are many legends about what prompted the composition of Silent Night, which turns two hundred years old tonight. What we know for sure is that as Christmas Eve approached, Joseph Mohr, a parish priest in a small… Read More

What Should We Do?

  This sermon is inspired by Dr. Ted Jennings, Professor Emiritus at Chicago Theological Seminary, Michel Beth Dinkler, Assistant Professor of New Testament at Yale Divinity School, and my friend, Bill Ayers, former Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago and co-founder of the Weather Underground. If you were granted the power to make one… Read More


Ruminating over today’s scripture texts, I am drawn to two images: the “righteous branch” in Jeremiah and, in Luke, the sprouting leaves of the fig tree. In Jeremiah, the armies of Babylon were marching toward Jerusalem. Within a short time, the streets of the city would be filled with blood. Those who survived the brutal… Read More