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

“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?”

“An intense religious experience, the exact nature of which is uncertain.”

All Saints, Brookline Transfiguration Sunday, February 7, 2015 Luke 9:28-36, (37-43) Let us pray: May we see. Amen. Sometimes, truth lurks in the footnotes. There, beneath the Gospel text, in The Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha, Third Edition 2001, there, where the font gets small and squished, some unnamed, unknown…Read more “An intense religious experience, the exact nature of which is uncertain.”

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

Bodyshaming the Black Body of Christ

Christ Lutheran Church, Natick Sunday January 24, 2016 Body-Shaming the Black Body of Christ: A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a This is a sermon for you if you’ve stood in front of a department store mirror near tears because, too fat or too skinny, clothes don’t fit your body. This is a sermon for…Read more Bodyshaming the Black Body of Christ

The Idolatry of Independence: A homily on Ephesians 4

Charge of Interdependence Among the World to the Connecticut Conference, United Church of Christ First Congregational Church, Chesire CT Sunday May 31, 2015  Ephesians 4: 11-16  My geographically separated brethren, I greet you in the name of the One who calls us to be one. If a flock of Connecticut church leaders is willing to hear…Read more The Idolatry of Independence: A homily on Ephesians 4