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Better Together

In mid-January I got to take an unusual road trip up to Buffalo, New York with friends from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.  Cathy Doner, Deacon Eric Elley and Music Director Sue Riley from St. Andrews and Fr. Rick Bellows (Episcopal priest and part of the clergy team for Church Without Walls) made up the crew […]

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The Power of Listening

Have you heard any good stories lately? Telling stories is how we spread information, teach, build community, offer compassion and build rapport. But listening to stories is how we honor others, offer healing, build relationships, affirm dignity and learn from each other. “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what […]

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Waiting and Preparing for Christmas

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”[a] 29 But she was much […]

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A Chance to Act on Your Core Beliefs

Our world is confusing. We are pulled in so many directions by so many voices—in what we read, hear on radio, TV or the internet, and are told by friends, neighbors and families. Many times a day we can feel afraid, outraged, or confused. We can feel pulled to buy things, help people, defend ourselves—or […]

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Eat, Pray, Vote

A Reflection on Voting this November with a personal testimony: “How Transgender People have changed my life.” As the November election day comes up, we’ll be hearing more about candidates and issues, policies and ballot initiatives – and I want to put in my plug to you for being sure you cast your vote. The […]

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Mystical Tales

One of my great joys has been leading retreats and workshops.  It was an opportunity for people to spend time in community, growing spiritually, connecting to God, each other and their own knowing. Often I got to facilitate folks sharing their own stories. This coming year we are all going to be listening to each […]

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Year in Review

One year ago, on August 20, 2017, I started as the Senior Pastor of First Church of Christ in Longmeadow. So much has happened in this year! My first service was outside in the garden. The weather was nice and the Search team provided us a picnic lunch. I preached about how to build a […]

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Festival of Homiletics: Preaching and Politics

You may know that in May I went to the Festival of Homiletics, a weeklong chance for preachers to gather from all over the country to learn from the best!  I got to hear fabulous sermons preached 2-3 times/day, with additional lectures each day on preaching.  Lots of worship, and so much time with other […]

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Calling Forth Praise

“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “ ‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?” — Matthew 21:16 Sometimes we long for perfection. We appreciate organized, clean, spaces. We celebrate orderly events. But really — none of these are truly normal. Nature is not tidy. Life will spring […]

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Embodying God’s Promise to the World

The world is a hurting place. As I write this, there have been yet more school shootings, more tragic confrontations between black and white people in our country, more undocumented immigrants coming into sanctuary to keep their families together, more violence along the Palestinian-Israeli border, peace on the edge of a knife in North & […]

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