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October 28, 2019

“Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me, Amen.” Words attributed to Martin Luther. Words that challenged the Pope, the Emperor and the power structures and systems of his day. Words that birthed the Reformation. Words that changed the world. And words that still inspire resistance to anything that stands in the way of the gospel—the good news that sets people free from the power of...

October 28, 2019

Recall a time when you were worn out and weary.

Maybe you feel worn out today.

Maybe you feel overwhelmed with your busy life.

Maybe the news or thinking about the future leaves you distressed or despondent.

Corruption, partisanship, climate change—

it’s like there is a pall hanging over us.

Keep reading or listen to the sermon.

October 28, 2019

Scholar Belden Lane writes about talking to trees. With Saint Francis and the challenge of climate change in mind, watch a video of this sermon from October 6, 2019.

October 3, 2019

Picture an angel in your mind. What do you see? An overweight cherub on a cloud? A kid dressed in an angel costume for a Christmas pageant? A blond-haired Barbie doll with wings? A Precious Moments figurine on a mantle?

If we can say one thing about angels in the Bible, it is that they aren’t cute. Despite a whole industry of sweet, angelic tchotchkes. It would be better to say that angels...

September 17, 2019

In the scriptures, Paul talks about us being slaves to sin. In short book of Philemon, Paul returns Onesimus to his master and this passage has been used to justify slavery in generations past. Last month, the New York Times brought to our attention the 400th anniversary of the first slaves being transported to this country. The goal of Project 1619 is to reframe American history. Some 15...

September 17, 2019

This past week I attended a performance of a most moving and profound work called “Considering Matthew Shepard.” As most of you know, Matthew was a gay college student living in Wyoming. In 1998, in a brutal hate crime that captivated the nation, Matthew was murdered, and left hanging, like a scare crow, on a fence outside Laramie.

The librettist uses the word “passion” for the work, as th...

August 21, 2019

How many of you would say you have a complicated relationship with your mother? You may be sitting by your mom right now and are going to keep your hand down whatever you feel. Plenty of folks talk about their mothers—and their fathers, for that matter—in therapy. Some mothers are smothering, others critical, others distant.

The most famous mother in history is Mary, mother of Jesus. And L...

July 26, 2019

What's that, you ask? Earlier this month I wrote in my church enews that I was heading to a monastery to become a monk.

Let me explain and clarify. For twenty-five years I have spent time at Saint John’s Abbey in

Collegeville, Minnesota. Saint John's is not only a monastic community but a university, school of theology, and prep school, and is also home to Liturgical Press and 2,700 acres o...

July 12, 2019

They had no idea where the movement would lead. Fifty years ago, LGBTQ people stood up to the police. Drag queens, homeless teens, transgender women of color lesbians, gay men and allies. This diverse community had fought back before, but this “no” captured the attention of the world. From then on, their uprising was simply referred to as “Stonewall.”

The mantle was passed on.

Continue rea...

June 27, 2019

“Take a chill pill. Calm down. Relax.” Easier said than done. We seem hard-wired to freak out when anxiety or fear take over. It’s the “fight or flight” response, we’ve been told. Like animals reacting to threats to their safety, it’s natural for us to respond quickly, too. To stand back and think rationally, to take a breath, to practice meditation— these are good things when we feel out...

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