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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Polemical Praise: A Post-election, Interfaith Sermon on Psalm 100

"To center God as the object of our praise is to displace all else. No politician will save us. No patriotism will save us. No privilege will save us. Praise centers God when the center cannot hold. "

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

“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 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

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”

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