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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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Zaccheus, the Pride Parade, and Shared Values

As a church, we welcome everyone, no matter what they believe, where they are from, who they love. “Welcoming” is key to making us a loving community that can be safe for everyone. As Christians, in fact, we hold “welcoming everybody” as a shared value. And we hold ourselves responsible for acting on that value. […]

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What’s Holy About Easter Candy?

As children (and maybe as adults!) we associate Easter with chocolate bunnies and colored eggs. Certainly, as adults we know that Easter is about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus is the Messiah, who proves that we are so loved by our forgiving God that we are continually given the chance to be […]

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New Possibilities

I am anticipating with a palpable thirst the first blooms of spring, which as of this writing are not yet here.  The first golden yellow of forsythia, the rose red of the crab apple trees, white and coral of the dogwoods, the white-purple of the magnolias, the lavender pink of the red bud trees, the […]

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