About Bruce Epperly

Rev. Bruce Epperly, Ph.D., serves as Pastor at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Centerville, MA. Prior to coming to Cape Cod in 2013, he served on the faculties and often in administrative and chaplaincy roles at Georgetown University, Claremont School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Bruce is currently a professor in spirituality, ministry, and theology in the doctoral program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He has served as pastor or interim pastor of congregations in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He is the author or co-author of over 35 books in the areas of theology, spirituality, ministerial excellence and spiritual formation, scripture, and healing and wholeness, including Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God; Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job; From Here to Eternity: Preparing for the Next Adventure; and A Center in the Cyclone: Clergy Self-care in the 21st Century.

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday in Advent – December 18, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday in Advent – December 18, 2016 Isaiah 7:10-16 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25 This week I am focusing on Joseph’s Christ-saving dream. While we need not neglect Isaiah’s imaginative vision of a child whose birth will change everything, the Psalmist’s hymn to divine restoration, or Paul’s [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday of Advent – December 11, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Healing the World – Third Sunday in Advent – December 11. 2016 Isaiah 35:1-10 Luke 1:46b-55 James 5:7-10 Matthew 2:1-11 Advent is a time for hopeful transformation. Creation and humankind lean toward wholeness; creation groans and so do we. We imagine a new age – an age of Shalom – despite [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday of Advent – The Adventurous Lectionary

The Adventurous Lectionary – December 4, 2016 – The Second Sunday in Advent Isaiah 10:1-11 Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Romans 15:4-13 Matthew 3:1-12 Today, we explore radical transformation, guided by God, but brought about by ourselves. I think global history argues against a divine rescue operation. The meek seldom inherit the earth. The wealthy seldom give [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday of Advent -November 27, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday of Advent -November 27, 2016 Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 22, Romans 3:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 Let us walk in the light of God, so says the prophet Isaiah. With darkness descending in the Northern hemisphere and fears of darkness politically and globally, these words are good counsel. The dark night [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Reign of Christ Sunday – November 20, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – November 20, 2016 – The Reign of Christ Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 1:68-79, Colossians 1;11-20, Luke 23:33-43 In many congregations, Christ the King or the Reign of Christ Sunday will be celebrated this Sunday. Pentecost, beginning with the coming of God’s Spirit in its fullness on the Feast of Pentecost, will conclude [Read More…]

An Election Day Prayer

God all of peoples, we give thanks to you on this Election Day. We thank you for the United States of America, for those who sacrificed their lives and fortunes for our freedoms, for bravery in the quest for human rights, for immigrants who built our nation, and first Americans who welcomed pilgrims from a [Read More…]

A Meditation for Election Eve

An Election Eve Meditation It would be an understatement to admit that many of us are feeling anxious tonight. We have lived through months of the most contentious presidential election in recent history. We have witnessed bullying, allegations of sexual assault, racist statements, violence at political rallies, and accusations of improper handling of classified information. [Read More…]