• america

    lenten journal: hope and heartache

    by  • February 16, 2018 • america, hope, lenten journal, race • 5 Comments

    I am writing tonight from Richmond, Virginia where Ginger is leading a group from First Congregational Church of Guilford UCC on our second annual Civil Rights Tour. The inaugural trip went to Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama. This year we are here along the James River in the town that was once the capital...

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    still listening

    by  • January 14, 2018 • america, faith, justice, mlk, race, sermon • 8 Comments

    I preached at my church today. The person who was supposed to be our speaker for MLK Sunday was ill and Ginger and Sarah asked me to fill in. I am sorry she got sick and I am grateful for and humbled by the opportunity to preach today. Here is the manuscript of the...

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    advent journal: hope

    by  • December 3, 2017 • advent journal, america, fear, hope • 19 Comments

    As Advent begins, I wonder how Christ can be born again in our time and in our culture. Yet Luke starts his story by noting that Quirinius was governor of Syria, and he made Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem because Augustus declared a change in the tax plan. They were surrounded by wars...

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    two questions

    by  • August 15, 2017 • america, faith, fear, justice, love, race • 7 Comments

    Though I preached this sermon only a couple of days ago, the events of the week have continued to unfold. Rather than try to update it, I will let it stand as its own little time capsule, even as I continue to figure out how to respond to what is happening around us. “Two...

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