To stay alive, memories need to be told and re-told, and they, too, can hold wisdom for the present and the future.

Dear Members and Friends, And now we welcome the new year.  Full of things that have never been. -Rainer Maria Rilke, 20th century Simplifying and De-cluttering our lives are all the rage lately.  Beyond dealing with the great accumulation of “stuff” which most of us gather during our lifetimes there are even suggestions for applying this discipline to broader […]

This Sunday we will be blessing our pets. It is vitally important that we remember how connected we are to the wider creation.

Dear Members and Friends, If you don’t know where you are, you probably don’t know who you are. -Ralph Ellison, “Invisible Man” We won’t save a place we don’t love; we won’t love a place we don’t know; and we can’t know a place we haven’t learned -Baba Dioum, Senegalese environmentalist, 1968 Earth Day was […]

What would it mean to be “fully present with a singularly attentive mind?”

Dear Members and Friends, How should one live?  Live welcoming to all. -Mechthild of Magdeburg, 13th century Christian mystic It sounds so easy, doesn’t it?  Sort of like, “What is the greatest commandment? Love God and love your neighbor.”  It sounds easy, and yet when you really begin to look at the implications and the application, these […]

While we know Easter to be a season of new life and resurrection, we don’t often stop to think about the truth that for there to be resurrection and new life there must be change!

Dear Members and Friends, When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.  -Lao Tzu, 6th century BCE We are only in the third week of Easter.  While we know Easter to be a season of new life and resurrection, we don’t often stop to think about the truth that for […]

We are entering the Holiest Week of the Christian year.

Dear Members and Friends, The cross reveals the sin of the world.            -Stanley Hauerwas, 21st century theologian/ethicist We are entering the Holiest Week of the Christian year.  Holy Week is a time of “walking in the shadows”.  It is a time when we remember the suffering and death of Jesus.  It is not an easy week […]

A horrible tragedy has struck our community. One that has hit extremely close to home for so many of us.

Dear Members and Friends, And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them?  Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem?  No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.” -Jesus, Gospel of Luke 13:4-5, (NLT) A horrible tragedy has struck our community.  One […]

GOD’S FOOLISH WISDOM

This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.           -1 Corinthians 1:25 (Preached on Sunday, March 4, 2018) I would like to begin this sermon by reading you a letter from “Jordan Management Consultants”, located in Jerusalem.  It is addressed […]