Today we’re talking about community. Community is an important, if not essential, element of the Christian practice. Most of us don’t experience Christianity as a solitary spiritual path. Most of us become Christians by joining a special kind of spiritual community called a church. If you think back to the baptismal liturgy, the initiation service when you become a Christian, you will remember the service centers on welcoming a new into an existing community of faith or congregation. A key part of that process comes when the presider asks the congregation to promise to help the new member follow Jesus. … Continue reading Living in a Community where none of us is as smart as all of us
Why go to church? Why do we gather here week after week? We could be sleeping in. We could by enjoying brunch. We could be reading or hiking or doing any one of a long list of things that pass … Continue reading Why do we come to church? To be fed spiritually.
At what cost? That’s the question for today. It’s one I think of when I order eggs and bacon in the morning. You see, for that breakfast, the chicken who provides the eggs makes an important but not too terribly … Continue reading At what cost?
I remember that day well: July 10, 2012. I was sitting in the section reserved for reporters covering the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a reporter, I had a front row seat as the church … Continue reading ‘Just when I need Him most, Jesus is near’
Today we Mark the final Sunday of pride month. Downtown thousand people are gathered for San Francisco’s Annual Pride Parade. Today also marks our final service focused on Pride in 2018. And today we focus on the question of … Continue reading David & Jonathon and Ruth & Naomi and marriage in 2018
There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole; There is a balm in Gilead, to heal the sin sick soul. On this Sunday we gather for healing, in hope of a time when equality, and justice “roll … Continue reading There is a balm in Gilead…but not for undocumented children? Not what Jesus Would Do!
I remember the first Christmas after I came out as a gay man. My teenage children first celebrated with their Mom in her new apartment. Then they came over to my place to continue their Christmas. It was more than … Continue reading All that a family requires is love
On this Sunday, we grapple with the difference between the call for justice Jesus makes again and again on the one hand and the ancient purity code found in parts of Jewish scripture which we incorporated into the Christian Bible … Continue reading Ancient laws vs. God’s justice: who wins?
We live in a time transformed by digital technology. And the foundation of this technology is a simple bit of information, a tiny switch which is either turned on or turned off. That is the basic building block of all … Continue reading The place of mystery in our lives and spiritual practice
Today we celebrate Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon those who loved and followed Jesus. Look at the picture on the front of today’s worship book. It is the vision of Pentecost created by Chinese artist Hi … Continue reading The fiery power of love