The following was preached as a sermon on September 6, 2015 at the Congregational Church in Exeter, NH. James 2:1-4, 14-17 My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For … Continue reading Faithful Work, Faithful Welcomes: Kim Davis, Aylan Kurdi, and all of us.
Words from the Book of Common Prayer: Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, … Continue reading As we wait tonight and hope for equality…
My grandmother was born in Portland, Maine, the daughter of Italian immigrants. She grew up in a Roman Catholic parish there that ministered to the immigrants and their families. The church was the center of my grandmother’s community, and a … Continue reading Of Maine and Two Marriages: Lessons from a Grandmother I Never Knew
Dear friends, Over the past few days my blog has seen an increase in traffic driven by my latest post on Huffington Post’s religion section. (Found here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-emily-c-heath/how-to-determine-if-your-religious-liberty-is-being-threatened-in-10-questions_b_1845413.html ) That post made the leap from the religion page to the front page, has been … Continue reading The “Religious Liberty” quiz on Huffington Post, and why I wrote it.
For Christians in the mainline Protestant denominations, this has been an interesting summer. First, the Presbyterian Church (USA) rejected an amendment which would have opened the church up to blessing same-sex marriages. Then, less than a week later, the Episcopal Church approved a new liturgy to bless same-sex unions and also affirmed the ministry of transgender clergy. For the rest of us mainline folks (members of the United Church of Christ, United Methodists, Lutherans, Disciples, and others) it has been both fascinating and heart-wrenching to watch. Regardless of the outcome, the emotion has been clear. After the PCUSA vote, … Continue reading The Religious Right (Side of History)
Today the Episcopal Church voted to approve a liturgy which blesses same-sex unions. It’s a great step forward for equality, and a time for thanksgiving. It’s also another opportunity to watch the way that stories about mainline churches are often … Continue reading The Episcopal Church, Equal Marriage, and Religious (il)Literacy
Check out my reflection, as well as words from Rabbi Andrea Myers, Rev. Emilie Townes, and Bishop Yvette Flunders as well as others: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/22/lgbt-clergy-speak-out-on-_n_1616297.html?utm_hp_ref=religion Continue reading Today on Huffington Post Religion: LGBT faith leaders speak on what marriage means to us.