Before I became a parish minister, I was a chaplain. I was working for a hospice on the South Shore of Massachusetts, and I had one patient down near New Bedford, where many of the older population still speaks Portuguese … Continue reading Gained in Translation: Sermon for Pentecost, 2015
When I was in middle school a new church came to my town. It built a huge building on the outskirts of the city. They had rock bands playing for all the services. And they had big video displays with … Continue reading Growing in Good Soil: A Sermon on Passionate Spirituality for May 3, 2015
I’m excited to share that this summer I am going to be the Speaker of the Week for the United Church of Christ gathering on Star Island. I’ll be speaking on addiction, and what 12 Step recovery communities can teach … Continue reading Addiction, Recovery, and the Church: Coming this summer to Star Island
Every Sunday, at the very end of worship, I stand in the back of the sanctuary and offer the final blessing. I use words that are nearly 2,000 years old, and that are shared by Christians of all times and places: and now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be always with you.” And then, together, we all say “Amen”. And when we baptize someone in this church, we do so using words shared by the universal church: I baptize you in the name of the Father, … Continue reading Peace Called Beside Us: Sermon for May 5, 2013
Today is the twentieth day of Lent. (Sundays don’t count towards the forty days.) You are exactly half-way through. What started not so long ago on Ash Wednesday is heading towards Holy Week, and to Easter morning. I don’t much … Continue reading Journey Through Lent: Day 20
When we woke up today, the snow was already heavy. It coated the window, and was coming down hard. A few online checks told us that the schools were closing (a rarity for Vermont) and that roads were messy. And … Continue reading Journey Through Lent: Day Thirteen
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.