Sermons

Love Conquers All

Of all the great things created by love and desire, know that you are the most extraordinary. You are more amazing than buildings and poems and paintings. You are chosen and have been chosen over and over and over again. Not just by your parents choosing to have a child, but by choosing what they want when they chose one another. Each time one of your ancestors looked at the other and saw something they wanted, they were choosing who you would be. They chose your hair color and eye color. They chose the size of your nose and shape of your jaw. They chose whether you are book smart or street smart. They chose your sense of humor. You are the collective choices of your ancestors beyond history, beyond when your ancestors could even speak. You are special. You are chosen

What Is Justice?

The poem read by Mike this morning has great relevance in today’s adversarial climate.  Remember when we were taught to keep things civil, just talk about the weather.  Well, we can’t do that any longer because there is such disagreement about why our weather is a bit erratic and too warm.  From what we read…

Praying without Ceasing — Thoughts?

This job has some light times and fun times involved with it. One of my fun jobs this past month has been researching children’s materials that are Quaker and about Quakers. I found this book called We’re Going to Meeting by Stacey Currie. It is for 6-8 year olds or reading to preschoolers. I’ll read…

What is Justice?

The poem read by Mike this morning has great relevance in today’s adversarial climate.  Remember when we were taught to keep things civil, just talk about the weather.  Well, we can’t do that any longer because there is such disagreement about why our weather is a bit erratic and too warm.  From what we read…

Abiding Joy

What does it mean for Christ’s joy to be in you? Have you ever heard a child laugh with pure joy? Have you seen a child’s smile when they are filled with joy? Before I came here, I worked as a sort of therapist called a Registered Behavior Technician or RBT. RBTs are behavior analysis…

Sukkot

Many of us this past Thursday stopped and took time to reflect on the good in our lives.  We stopped to do as God did during creation, to reflect and say that it was good.  It’s important that we take these times for sharing gratitude about the good in our world and our lives.  One…

Koinonia Through Gratitude

The scripture Joe just read has an amazing word in it for fellowship. They were setting up a society that was simple, peaceful, had integrity, was equal, communal and with it staying together in some form, hopefully here, sustainable. But playing church can sometimes keep us from reaching this state of fellowship, Koinonia — to…

Clearing the Temple

I don’t like to think of an angry or violent Jesus.  I prefer the laid back quiet version who just passively wanders the earth bestowing love and healing.  But the Bible has Jesus cleansing the temple at least twice.  The first time is recorded in John and is as he begins his ministry. Jesus is…

Imperfections

My friends, Karla and MG went home on Wednesday. Thank you for the hospitality you shared with them last week.  They were very impressed with this wonderful meeting and the kind and generous people in it.  Some of you were able to spend some time just talking with them while they were here.  If you…

Ubuntu

As you heard Wendy share, the word ubuntu can best be described as an African philosophy that places emphasis on ‘being self through others’. It is a form of humanism which can be expressed in the phrases ‘I am because of who we all are’ and ubuntu ngumuntu ngabantu in Zulu language. Ubuntu relates to bonding…