Repairing Our Grief (John 21:1-19)

By Greg CareyMy Uncle Norman fought in Europe during World War II. An artillery observer, he didn’t return with many “heroic” stories to tell. When I was little, he would roll out some souvenirs from the war, and I’d be impressed: German military dress knives and lovely table linens. I don’t recall all of the stories or how these things became his, but I’m pleased to report the table linens were a gift. His war experience was hardly glamorous.Why Veteran’s Need Soul Repair … [Read more...]

How Long Does Darkness Last? (John 20:1-18)

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By Rev. David LewickiThere is a pall over this morning. As this story begins in John’s Gospel, “it is still dark.”It is still dark where we wake up today. Beautiful, beloved children of God awake this morning in rooms where no light will break through. Morning brings no solace. It is still dark.How Women Are Breaking the Church's Glass CeilingJesus treated women differently than others would have treated women during his time, serving as a sort of early femin … [Read more...]

Why Our Bodies Matter

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By Greg CareyImmediately following the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope came the predictable speculation. From the United States and other wealthy nations, folks wondered what the new Pope would say about issues related to gender and human sexuality. What about birth control, homosexuality, and women’s leadership in the church? Did the new Pope really support civil unions for gay and lesbian couples in Argentina, as some reported? Others, including many from Latin America, A … [Read more...]

The Liturgy of the Passion (Isaiah 50:4-9a)

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Dr. Walter BrueggemannThe voice that speaks in Isaiah 50:4 – 9a is the poet of the exile himself. Here he offers an autobiographical reflection on his call as a prophet sent by God to the deported Jews in Babylon in the sixth century BCE. His message to the Jews is they are now free to go back home to Jerusalem. This freedom came, says the poet, because of the dispatch of Cyrus the Persian at the behest of YHWH, the Lord of all of history. … [Read more...]

Pressing on Toward Higher Goals: Philippians 3:4b-14

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By Efrain AgostoI have often wondered about the trajectories my life has taken. I was raised a Latino Pentecostal in New York City but educated in a liberal arts tradition at Columbia University in Manhattan. I was exposed to evangelical and then liberal Protestant traditions in seminary and graduate school. My theological views have changed over the years. I have moved from Pentecostal to Baptist to Congregational (United Church of Christ) church traditions.Yet at each step of the … [Read more...]

When People You Don’t Much Like Receive God’s Love

By Eric D. BarretoOur distaste for people who cut in line remains unchanged as we grow up. Whether someone gets to the front of the lunch line or the airport security check before us in an unfair way, our annoyance is raised. People who steal our parking spots during the Christmas season are the recipients of our worst thoughts. We might--just might--yell a string of expletives and death threats at anyone who has wronged us on the road or in a parking lot.It’s not just about being o … [Read more...]


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