Preferential Option for the City: A Prayer for Boston City Council

The Boston City Council has a tradition of inviting in local clergy & spiritual leaders from across the city  to offer a prayer or reflection. I am grateful for my fabulous city councilor Matt O'Malley for inviting me. Here is my prayer for our city. Marriages are not simply the joining of two people, but the joining…Read more Preferential Option for the City: A Prayer for Boston City Council

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Remembering Mayor Tom Menino, urban theologian

Remembering Mayor Tom Menino, urban theologian Boston’s Mayor Tom Menino, now of blessed memory, was a religiously complex man. He grappled publicly with his tradition even as he was informed by it. He was a devout Roman Catholic who occasionally argued loudly and publicly with the leadership of his church. As the Washington Post recounted, "A Catholic in…Read more Remembering Mayor Tom Menino, urban theologian

Charge to the Pastor

Charge to the Pastor by the Rev. Laura Everett Installation of Rev. Gregory Morisse as Senior Pastor Plymouth Church in Framingham MA, United Church of Christ Sunday October 19, 2014 “I have but one single charge to give you. One only, because it is first of all, and comprehends all. My brother, I charge you…Read more Charge to the Pastor

A Prayer for Boston City Council

I was asked by my City Councilor Matt O'Malley (a politician proficient at using social media to connect with the people he serves- and a great example for religious leaders to follow!) as a constituent to offer a prayer of invocation before the Boston City Council began their work on Wednesday October 9,2013. I asked my Facebook feed what they would…Read more A Prayer for Boston City Council

An Interfaith Litany to #PrayForBoston

Please feel free to use or adapt this litany for your personal or public use. I ask that you attribute it. Behold, I will bring health and healing to the city. I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.~Jeremiah 33:6 This is what we do when we don’t know what…Read more An Interfaith Litany to #PrayForBoston

A Prayer for Israel and Gaza

God of our Ancestors, We are stuck lobbing harsh words from our safety to the land that cries out for peace.  Even the words of our prayers are carefully measured and coated with the residue of war. We respond quicker to the sound of the bomb warning than to the bells and voices calling us…Read more A Prayer for Israel and Gaza

A Prayer for Election Day

On this day, more today, we pray for our country divided and ourselves. We confess that we pick up our pens and pull our levers without naming the mothers and men who callused their hands demanding, again and again demanding, their right to vote. We confess that we add to the rancor we despise, presuming…Read more A Prayer for Election Day