Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

December 10, 2011

 

I rode the subway early yesterday morning, and at one stop a group of young people got on with several bulky suitcases, including a hard cased one that looked like it could hold a big keyboard.  One pushed an empty wheelchair, another brought a walker, and one rolled a furniture dolly.  One young man immediately sat down and leaned over onto the seat to sleep.  They...

November 20, 2011

 

Have you met any of the Occupy-ers?  That movement fascinates me.  It’s been self-organizing from the start, somewhat chaotic, and it has managed to present a fairly coherent message.  It’s certainly not all pretty, but at least in local situations, it’s been able to find effective responses to invading interests who want to foment violence or...

November 18, 2011

 

Well, the Occupy-ers are being thrown out of one park after another.  They were evicted from Zuccotti Park near Wall Street Monday night and from Kiener Plaza here last weekend.  Oakland tired of them quite a while ago, and London still hasn’t been able to make up its mind about whether to let them stay or not.  Our city governments and even churches have been...

November 6, 2011

 

A colleague of mine, who used to be the chaplain at Sing Sing, says that baptizing inmates was one of the more powerful things he got to do there, and that his little congregation understood it as turning sinners into saints.  He also talks about the fact that all saints have a past and all sinners have a future.1
 
All of us are both...
October 30, 2011

 

"The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock." Getting here has had something in common with that storm and flood, only it’s been snow rather than rain.  Yet this house continues to stand fast.  
 
Your lengthy history in this place has been...
October 23, 2011

 

What do we do about the death of Moammar Qaddafi?  Will we pray for him?  Can we commend him to the mercy of God?  The fate of Osama bin Laden brought the same challenging questions.  We are linked together, even in death.  If our only response at the death of tyrants is rejoicing, we are losing our own souls.  When Jesus answers the question about...
October 16, 2011

 

Have you ever seen God’s glory passing by?  The beauty of autumn can be like that, as dying leaves go out in a blaze of glory.  We didn’t see God’s creativity as clearly when everything was lush and green in the middle of summer, but we certainly see evidence of its passing.
 
Moses couldn’t see the fullness of God...
October 15, 2011

 

Most people who know anything about Teresa of Avila know that she was a mystic, and spent much of her life in contemplation.  Some are aware that she was proclaimed a “doctor of the church” by the pope in 1970, the first woman to get that title.  In Roman Catholic circles, that means her writing is judged sound and good for teaching, and it means that this...
October 13, 2011

 

Well, we’ve come to the mountain.  Is it the mountain of God’s house?  There’s a place in the foothills of Colorado Springs, not too far from here, called Garden of the Gods.  It’s an amazing collection of rocks to climb or contemplate – or both.  It’s hard not to appreciate the wonder of divine creativity in a setting like...
October 9, 2011

 

My husband and I went backpacking in northern Nevada in August.  We hiked up a trail that started at 8500 feet, and then left the trail and climbed over a ridge well above 10,000 feet.  We sat out a hail and thunderstorm on top of the ridge, and then climbed down the other side to make a camp by a creek, still above 10,000 feet.  We had rocks under our inflatable...