You can’t get there from here: A Sermon on Isaiah 35

(Disclaimer: This is the sermon where I accidentally broke the pulpit. I had moved a small wooden lectern to the floor to be closer to the people rather than preach this week from their tall pulpit. Thank you, kind friends at First Baptist Church, Gloucester, for laughing with me at the absurdity. I'm grateful for…Read more You can’t get there from here: A Sermon on Isaiah 35

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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

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

Holy Inheritance: A Sermon on Mark 10: 17-33

Holy Inheritance: A Sermon on Mark 10:17-33 Sunday October 11, 2015 Bethlehem Covenant Church, Worcester MA (Preacher's note: This sermon was also an experiment in crowd-sourcing stories from friends and strangers on social media) Every family has stories of inheritance. Every family has stories of inheritance: some are beautiful tales of priceless gifts, some are tormented…Read more Holy Inheritance: A Sermon on Mark 10: 17-33

“Spirit enough for the wilderness”: a sermon on memory and nostalgia

“SPIRIT ENOUGH FOR THE WILDERNESS” Sermon for the 100th anniversary of ARMENIAN MEMORIAL CHURCH, WATERTOWN SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 Every time we tell the story, the peaches get sweeter. Once upon a time, my Great-Aunt Josephine was flying back to the United States from her childhood home in Italy. And like…Read more “Spirit enough for the wilderness”: a sermon on memory and nostalgia