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 […]

Hungry: When We Can’t Feast at the Same Table

Over the course of the last weekend, I sat through approximately 9 hours of liturgy before I could receive communion: 3hrs for a Roman Catholic bishop ordination, 3 hrs for Armenian Christmas Eve, 3 hrs of Orthodox divine liturgy. By the time I rolled to my own church on Sunday evening, I was hungry. I’ve […]

Men in Black: On being a Woman among Clergy Men

“This is how we honor clergy in my church,” she said as she bent over to kiss my hand. In front of me, an 86 year old woman, in a bright blue suit top-heavy with a gold brooch in the shape of a lion, returned upright. She kissed my naked hand. I wore no ring […]