Sermons


Good News in the Place of Struggle

“In the wilderness, prepare . . .” We modern-day people live with the noise of highways and the glare of light pollution. Leaves and trash choke our storm drain and oil pipelines leak into our rivers. We long for the sound of the wind in the trees, for the sacred darkness of starry nights, for… Read More

Could the World Be About to Turn?

Judgement. It’s not a popular idea. However, I think we need it. In fact, I believe judgement is a gift that comes to us particularly in the season of Advent. Judgement calls us to sit with the heartbreak of the world—to listen and turn, to repent and turn, to turn and imagine. A dear friend… Read More

Will You Love the “You” You Hide?

  Tony McDade, 38, was killed by police in Tallahassee, Florida, on May 27. McDade’s murder—two days after George Floyd’s—sparked outcry from advocacy groups and became a rallying cry for the protection of Black trans lives. Helle Jae O’Regan, 20, was proud of her trans identity. On Trans Day of Visibility in March, she posted… Read More

Release to the Captives

In today’s video, [1] Candace Montgomery of Black Visions Collective calls for the abolition of policing. For those who call themselves “abolitionists” there is a fundamental, fatal flaw in the system of policing. Yes, there are good people within the police force, and yes, there are many who seek to reform the work of policing… Read More

Do You Want to Be Made Well?

   On election day, I lit a candle at the kitchen table. I kept the flame burning all day long, until the polls closed. The first candle melted down into a heap of wax, so I lit another one. When it was time for art projects and active games, I moved the flame to the… Read More

For Such a Time as This

Today’s sermon, strangely enough, is organized in four distinct sections: The King, Esther, God and us. Let’s begin with The King. The Book of Esther is a work of historical fiction. It’s also a scathing satire, mocking King Xerxes, and critiquing the whole enterprise of empire. The King is portrayed as a ridiculous, inept and… Read More

Acts 9–10

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found. ‘Twas blind but now I see.” This ancient trope of being able to see after a time of blindness suffuses our own spiritual experiences. “Amazing Grace” is one hymn Americans, regardless of belief, all still… Read More

The People Who Know How to Say Thank You

In Braiding Sweetgrass, indigenous author and ecologist Robin Wall Kimmerer describes her father’s ceremony of gratitude. Each year when she was growing up, their family camped in the Adirondacks for the whole summer. “I can picture my father,” she recalls, in his red-checked wool shirt, standing atop the rocks above the lake. When he lifts… Read More

Another World Is Possible

All week I have been trying to piece together three sermons into one. I finally gave up. Don’t worry – the total is still about one sermon long. Sermon One: “Abundance and Scarcity” I don’t remember much from the Economics class I took in college. What has stayed with me is the definition that the… Read More

Every Step We Take

Corn is a sacred food for the Pawnee people. Over almost 1,000 years, the Pawnee cultivated many unique varieties of corn—among them blue speckled corn, white sweet corn, and eagle corn, with markings on the kernels that look like an eagle in flight. Traditionally, this corn bound the Pawnee to their land and gave them… Read More