Sermons for June 2021

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


 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


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

How Is It with Your Spirit?

So much is happening. How is it with your spirit? As the masks come off, I hear a variety of responses—happiness and wariness, relief and stress. This very day, our bodies are groaning in this unseasonable heat, even as thousands gather up north as “Treaty People” to address the climate crisis, and to restore right… Read More