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 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

“The Futility of Prophets:” A Sermon on Isaiah 40 & Proclaiming that #BlackLivesMatter

2nd Sunday of Advent- December 7, 2014 at the First Church in Marlborough, Congregational Text: Isaiah 40: 1-11 Note: I believe strongly that the most prophetic preaching happens with a congregation when you are in a trusting relationship. This sermon was preached at a church I had never visited before, and thus, I did not say as much…Read more “The Futility of Prophets:” A Sermon on Isaiah 40 & Proclaiming that #BlackLivesMatter

Digging Holes: A Sermon on the Parable of the Talents

Digging Holes: A Sermon on the Parable of the Talents Sunday November 16, 2014, 23rd Sunday after Pentecost St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Grafton MA Matthew 25:14-30         This the parable of Gala the anxious puppy dog: In a town far away known as Boston, a girl and her dog moved into a home…Read more Digging Holes: A Sermon on the Parable of the Talents

Remembering Mayor Tom Menino, urban theologian

Remembering Mayor Tom Menino, urban theologian Boston’s Mayor Tom Menino, now of blessed memory, was a religiously complex man. He grappled publicly with his tradition even as he was informed by it. He was a devout Roman Catholic who occasionally argued loudly and publicly with the leadership of his church. As the Washington Post recounted, "A Catholic in…Read more Remembering Mayor Tom Menino, urban theologian

Christian Social Ethics & the 3 Massachusetts Ballot Questions

Christian Social Ethics and the 3 Massachusetts Ballot Questions Remarks delivered at "How Does our Faith Influence of Vote," an ecumenical forum and dialogue on Wednesday October 24, 2012 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Newton. For more information and congregational resources, video summary, bulletin inserts, hymns, discussion questions and "holy listening"  guide, visit: http://masscouncilofchurches.org/ballot2012.htm Introduction Last…Read more Christian Social Ethics & the 3 Massachusetts Ballot Questions