“Is it possible to build something bold rather than shrink what we have?”

 "Is it possible to build something bold rather than shrink what we have?" The two institutions I love the most are: Church and Newspaper (Museums and Baseball are 3 & 4, respectively). I believe in their similar and quite different holy work to tell stories of Truth and Life, especially stories that are undervalued and…Read more “Is it possible to build something bold rather than shrink what we have?”

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“An intense religious experience, the exact nature of which is uncertain.”

All Saints, Brookline Transfiguration Sunday, February 7, 2015 Luke 9:28-36, (37-43) Let us pray: May we see. Amen. Sometimes, truth lurks in the footnotes. There, beneath the Gospel text, in The Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha, Third Edition 2001, there, where the font gets small and squished, some unnamed, unknown…Read more “An intense religious experience, the exact nature of which is uncertain.”

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

“We All Mix:” A Gullah Sermon on Pentecost

“We All Mix:” A Gullah Sermon on Pentecost Christ Church United & Lao United Church of Christ, Lowell MA (Special thanks to Host pastors Ted Rasakham and Peter Lovett. During the multi-cultural, multi-generational service, we sang two Gullah songs "Kum Ba Yah" and the amazing "Open the Window" arranged by Elise Witt.) Sunday May 31,…Read more “We All Mix:” A Gullah Sermon on Pentecost

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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