Roll Away the Stone (Easter/Earth Day sermon 140420)

How many of you are fond of drinking coffee?

How many have heard of “Doomsday Preppers”?

How many of you have heard of the book, “Saving Paradise”?   The subtitle of Saving Paradise is “How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire.” In the book, co-authors Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker write about their discovery that early Christians were focused on *this* world, rather than on securing a place ~read more~

Charge to Minister: Bret

Bret Lortie

Whether you want to say that this music comes from the Spirit of Life, as it evolves through and among us; or whether you prefer the metaphor of the music of the spheres, the mathematics of the multiverse manifesting as melody; or in more traditional language, that God is singing and playing through every being in creation; whatever you call its source, the music is calling us to join. ~read more~

vm: Naomi Shihab Nye

naomi_shihab_nye

This week we celebrate the birthday of Naomi Shihab Nye, who wrote, “I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous, or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular, but because it never forgot what it could do.” So may we be.

vm: D. L. Hughley

D. L. Hughley

This week we celebrate the birthday of D. L. Hughley, who points out, “Every group has its idiosyncrasies, but at a certain point we all are human.” So may we be.

Poems in the Lap of Death (service; 140223)

shipbuilding

Not only do I not believe in that literal version of the monotheistic God, I have very little interest in trying to prove or disprove its existence. It is not a very nuanced understanding; I want us to deepen our appreciation of the complexities and paradoxes of life. ~read more~

vm: Angie Cruz

Angie Cruz

This week we celebrate the birthday of Angie Cruz, who reminds us that “it’s everyone’s responsibility to not be afraid to love and to be loved.” So may we be.

vm: W.E.B. DuBois

W.E.B. DuBois

This week we celebrate the birthday of W. E. B. DuBois, who reminds us that “children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” So may we be.

vm: Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami

This week we celebrate the birthday of Haruki Murakami, who reminds us that “Life is not like water. Things in life don’t necessarily flow over the shortest possible route.” So may we flow.

top ten moments, 2013 (and 2014)

Janus

seeing the concentration on my family’s faces, as we dissected cow eyes at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago; the General Assembly Planning Committee electing me their Secretary, as we debriefed a successful GA in Louisville; dancing to my favorite band—the Ragbirds—at Blissfest; parasailing with Becky (I am ordinarily afraid of heights); ~read more~

vm: Patsy Mink

Patsy Mink

This week we celebrate the belated birthday (12/6) of Patsy Mink, who reminds us that sometimes it is “important to be ahead of the majority … being willing to cut the first furrow in the ground and stand alone for a while.” So may we be.