When God Gets Political: Next

Hosea 1:2-10 For the last few weeks we’ve been talking about what happens with God gets political.  We’re doing that because this month we’re being bombarded with political messages here in America: so many things to think about, so many important decisions to make.  And some people claim that our faith, our understanding of how [Read More…]

When God Gets Political: Enough

Amos 8:1-12 This past week I had the opportunity to visit harambee.  Harambee is the morning assembly when everyone gathers to start the day at Freedom School, and each day there’s a different visitor who gets to read to the kids.  I was invited to be the reader on Wednesday.  So, I stood off to [Read More…]

The Pastoral is Political

I told this story in my sermon Sunday: I met a new friend the other day, who, upon finding out I was a pastor, asked me a question framed with a story.  “What should pastors be saying about this election?,” he started.  “I am so frustrated!,” he continued.  “After church two Sundays ago I pulled [Read More…]

When God Gets Political: Interrupted

When God Gets Political: Interrupted Amos 7:1-17 I met a new friend the other day, who, upon finding out I was a pastor, asked me a question framed with a story.  “What should pastors be saying about this election?,” he started.  “I am so frustrated!,” he continued.  “After church two Sundays ago I pulled my [Read More…]

No More Vigils for Gun Violence

Last week we witnessed an inspiring demonstration of leadership as Democrats in Congress staged a sit-in on the House floor to demand a vote on pending legislation around gun control. U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ (D-Ga.) declared: “Deadly mass shootings are becoming more and more frequent. Mr. Speaker, this is a fact. It is not an [Read More…]

Love Marches On

Happy Pride weekend, New York City! I bring you greetings tonight from our community in which the oldest LGBTQ religious organization in America is vital and thriving.  For almost fifty years The Riverside Church has welcomed, affirmed, and celebrated our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, working to create a community so diverse and beautiful that it constantly [Read More…]

People of Faith Demand Better

Together with my colleague Rev. Kevin Wright, we invited our community Sunday to demand better from each other and from our country. AMY: This week found us deep in grief, the growing fear pitting us increasingly at odds with each other.  Why did this happen? Who deserves the most sympathy? Where can we place the [Read More…]

Obey and Submit

1 Peter 2:13-30; 3:1-9   We find ourselves this morning grappling with a difficult text overlaid with so many mixed emotions carried into this sanctuary by each one of us after such a week.  We’re cheering the launching of our children into the world–appropriate for this Father’s Day; and we’re wondering exactly what kind of [Read More…]

After Orlando, Our Silence is Sin

The following is a letter to pastors and church leaders. Colleagues: Sunday found us waking to the confluence of so many streams of hatred and vitriol in our society – homophobia, islamophobia, fear of the other in any form.  “Here we find ourselves again,” we shake our heads in numb, benign dismay.  It was yet [Read More…]

Chosen

1 Peter 2:1-9; 16 Just a few weeks ago during lunch on a senior staff retreat, I overheard my colleagues talking about how they intended to spend a few free afternoon hours.  Some planned to nap, a few mentioned taking a walk along the nearby river.  Fairly soon, inevitably, the conversation turned to sports; basketball [Read More…]


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