Getting Lost

Luke 15:3-10 (NRSV) In the introduction to Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, “An Altar in the World,” she tells about a time when she was invited by a “wise old priest” to come and talk with his congregation. When she asked him, “What do you want me to talk about,” he...

Beginner’s Mind

Romans 12:9-17 (NRSV) One of the things I love about the way we practice our faith around here, is that we have an openness to the wisdom, not only of our own Christian tradition, but of other faith traditions as well. For instance: if you spend any time studying Zen...

Remember the Sabbath

Mark 2:23-28 (NRSV) A funny thought occurred to me when I was writing my sermon this week. Today is Labor Day Sunday, a day on which we often celebrate those who labor. But we celebrate it by giving people a day off so they don’t have to labor. O.K. Maybe it’s not...

Taking Refuge

Psalm 71:1-6 (NRSV) When I was living in Maine, there was a Public Broadcasting program I used to catch every once in a while. It was called, Down Memory Lane. The host, Toby Leboutillier, would play music going back decades that, according to the website, originally...

Unconditional Love

Matthew 22:34-40 (CEB) I had a chance to do a wedding yesterday with a Jewish cantor by the name of Claire Metzger. It was a lovely, combined Christian and Jewish service, complete with vows and rings exchanged, blessings sung, the breaking of the glass, all under a...