As we enter the month of Pride month and leave behind Trinity Sunday, I wanted to explore both as we go into the season of ordinary time. A time that a parishioner […]
A revision of an article I wrote some time ago. My interest in Aspergers and Autism developed in seminary when I was taking Clinical Pastoral Education. I was asked if I was […]
I’m reminded that on this day in 1968 Martin Luther King was assassinated and it’s been something I’ve been sitting with over this Holy Week. The excerpt you heard, often titled I […]
The Apostles Creed says Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. The Nicene Creed says […]
If you have ever watched baseball on TV pre covid, when there were crowds in stadiums, you would notice the camera pan over the crowds and inevitably the camera would pan to […]
When I was asked to preach this first Sunday of Lent, I was surprised to see that yet again the lectionary focuses on the baptism of Jesus. I shouldn’t have been. I […]
When President Obama uses the Bible publicly as a basis for supporting gay marriage, that is fine. But when it is revealed that Amy Coney Barrett is a serious Catholic, she’s treated […]
One of the features of being in foster care for many, especially in the 70s and 80s was there was no contact with the birth family to be had. Depending on family […]
As a liberal Protestant minister in the United Church of Christ, I’m weighing in a discussion that is internal to the evangelical world. As a gay person who has been on the […]
Psalm 23 like many of the Psalms are written to bring comfort to the listener. And they have performed that role for generations up to this day Psalm 9:9 – “The Lord […]
A moment of confession
As a child I was socially awkward. Terribly so. It’s just a reality I grew up with. Church was a safe place where they had to accept me, and they did. Youth group was also a safe place where I could be myself and not be afraid.
That probably formed my earliest visions of what the church can and should be. A place of safety and acceptance. I still think it’s the task of the church for all of us.
“Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward” The first question that came to mind when reading this passage is: what is a prophet? And […]