Muslim Registry: A Christian Response

Saturday December 10, 2016: Islamic Society of Boston, Wayland MA To the Islamic Council of New England: I bring you greetings from the Massachusetts Council of Churches, a network of Christian individuals, congregations and denominations convinced that what binds us together in Christ is stronger than anything that divides us. For many, many years our…Read more Muslim Registry: A Christian Response

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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

The Danger of Denominations: A Sermon For Reformation Sunday

  St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Arlington MA Reformation Sunday- October 30, 2016 John 8:31-36  She spoke with the humility of someone who actually spent a lot of time in prayer. Her words were precise, nothing wasted. I had developed a sweet friendship with a Greek Orthodox woman who loved her Church, loved her people, loved…Read more The Danger of Denominations: A Sermon For Reformation Sunday

Why I love the African Methodist Episcopal Church

200th Anniversary of the African Methodist Episcopal Church New England Annual Conference Bicentennial Service Sunday February 7, 2016 Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Jamaica Plain MA Rev. Laura Everett, Executive Director, Massachusetts Council of Churches Note: This Response was given at a Bicentennial Service commemorating the 200th anniversary of the AME Church. Throughout this year,…Read more Why I love the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Is it rude to seat latecomers later in the service? Or is your church just being clear?

My Twitter feed (@RevEverett) was all aflutter when I posted a picture from a worship bulletin and wrote: I was out of town for Christmas Eve this year and visiting a church out of state, which shall remain nameless. I suspect many people in the pews were not regular parishioners at this particularchurch. While I…Read more Is it rude to seat latecomers later in the service? Or is your church just being clear?

Fairweathers: welcoming newcomers to the bike path and church

  70 degrees and sunny is to the bike path what the 7pm Christmas Eve service is to Church. Those of us who are on the path and in the pew at other times are going to need to learn how to be more hospitable. A few days ago, the weather was just perfect for…Read more Fairweathers: welcoming newcomers to the bike path and church

Actually listening to “Religious Nones”

I really, truly heard it for the first time: "I'm not missing something," she said. "I don't want you to see me as lacking. I'm perfectly fine without religion." For some reason, I finally heard this loud and clear at a panel discussion last Friday night at the New England Synod of the ELCA (video…Read more Actually listening to “Religious Nones”