I will not leave you: A Transfiguration Sermon on 2 Kings 2: 1-12

"I do not understand the whirlwind or the chariots or the parting of the Jordan, but I know it’s true. Not everything that is real can be explained. And awe is a faithful response to the presence of God. "

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Be Cautious with Crowns: A sermon on 1 Samuel

A sermon for the ordination of Marisa Egerstrom St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, South End, Boston: Thursday January 19, 2017 1 Sam 8:10-18 Psalm 146 1 Peter 5:1-4 Matt 16:13-19 I have a certain sympathy for the people who want a king. I have stood before the endless aisles of canned goods overwhelmed by choice, overtired and…Read more Be Cautious with Crowns: A sermon on 1 Samuel

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

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”

The Bicyclist and the Bishop, from the Door Zone

by Rev. Laura Everett In urban cycling, there is a section of the road called “the door zone.” If you ride your bike close to parked cars (but out of moving traffic), you are liable to get hit by a motorist opening a car door into you. Conversely, if you ride close to the moving traffic…Read more The Bicyclist and the Bishop, from the Door Zone