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 […]

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 […]

Hospitality like Massachusetts Highways

A sermon for the Central Massachusetts District of the New England Conference, United Methodist Church  Worship Revitalization Conference, 1st UMC Westborough, Saturday Feb 2, 2013 21Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from […]