Breath for Dry Bones

God starts the work of restoration not among the powerful and prominent, but among the nameless bones.

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Failure to Floss: A Sermon on Privilege & Repentance

  Preached at Wilbraham United Church (UCC & UMC), Wilbraham MA with Christ the King (ELCA) & Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal) Sunday December 3, 2016 Matthew 3: 1-12   I lie to my dentist. I LIE to my dentist. So if I’m going to practice repentance this Advent, I need to confess. Every 6 months,…Read more Failure to Floss: A Sermon on Privilege & Repentance

“Is it possible to build something bold rather than shrink what we have?”

 "Is it possible to build something bold rather than shrink what we have?" The two institutions I love the most are: Church and Newspaper (Museums and Baseball are 3 & 4, respectively). I believe in their similar and quite different holy work to tell stories of Truth and Life, especially stories that are undervalued and…Read more “Is it possible to build something bold rather than shrink what we have?”

Why every Religious Leader must see “Spotlight”

Spotlight is a film about the two institutions I hold most dear: newspapers and the Church, set in Boston, the city I have claimed as home. I left the film full of rage, despondent, and convicted-  if you serve any religious institution, you need to see this film. Spotlight is the cautionary tale of an institution…Read more Why every Religious Leader must see “Spotlight”

Bruce Springsteen as storyteller #TheologyOfBruce

     These are my notes from a March 8, 2014 workshop at the "UnQuiet Day" on "Bruce Springsteen: Prophet of Hope" with Bishop Douglas Fisher, Episcopal Diocese of Western MA, and Canon Rich Simpson. More information about the UnQuiet Day is here: http://www.diocesewma.org/unquietday/ Rich's excellent sermon is here:  http://rmsimpson.blogspot.com/2014/03/meet-me-out-in-street-bruce-springsteen.html You can see some of the tweets…Read more Bruce Springsteen as storyteller #TheologyOfBruce

Christian Social Ethics & the 3 Massachusetts Ballot Questions

Christian Social Ethics and the 3 Massachusetts Ballot Questions Remarks delivered at "How Does our Faith Influence of Vote," an ecumenical forum and dialogue on Wednesday October 24, 2012 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Newton. For more information and congregational resources, video summary, bulletin inserts, hymns, discussion questions and "holy listening"  guide, visit: http://masscouncilofchurches.org/ballot2012.htm Introduction Last…Read more Christian Social Ethics & the 3 Massachusetts Ballot Questions