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July 2, 2017- Let Freedom Ring

Ancient Witness: Galatians 5: 13-23, 25

Our liberties that were won in the War for Independence are a great heritage. The Constitution that was later drafted and ratified is also a great gift that has been extended to you. Our potential is great, but so are the spiritual and moral dangers we face. If you love this nation, if you have the kind of patriotism that is deeper than flag waving and emotional songs can stimulate, the kind of patriotism that a Christian ought to have, I urge you now and every day to pray. Be an intercessor, and lift up your voice to God for His Mercy on this nation and for a great out-pourng of the Holy Spirit that we cannot produce, that the hearts of this people be turned to God by repentance and faith. Pray with faith, that God wills it.-John Adams, Second President of the United States of America and co-author of the Declaration of Independence.

 

June 18, 2017- Living in the Spirit

Ancient Witness: Psalm 5: 1-3

When we dare to trust that we are never alone but that God is always with us, always cares for us, and always speaks to us, then we can gradually detach ourselves from the voices that make us guilty or anxious and thus allow ourselves to dwell in the present moment...To pray is to listen to that voice of love.-Henri Nouwen Here and Now

 

June 11, 2017- The Moment is Now

Ancient Witness: Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

Living mindfully and with concentration, we see a deeper reality, and are able to witness impermanence without fear, anger, or despair.-Thich Nhat Hanh

 

June 4, 2017- Wind and Fire

Ancient Witness: Acts 2: 1-11

If you want to speak to God, tell it to the wind. —African Proverb, Ghana;
A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache. -Catherine the Great, 18th century;
Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
-Howard Thurman, 20th century

 

May 28, 2017- Experiencing the Lord's Prayer

Ancient Witness: Luke 11: 1-4

I have come to drag you out of yourself and take you into my heart. I have come to bring out the beauty you never knew you had, and lift you like a prayer to the sky. —by Rumi

 

April 30, 2017- In the Shadows of Isolation

Ancient Witness: Matthew 5: 14-16

How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against its being. Otherwise, we all remain too frightened. —by Hafiz from How Did the Rose

 

April 16, 2017- Touched by the Divine

Ancient Witness: Mark 16: 1-8

I believe that Jesus' story is first and foremost about the love of God for every single one of us. It is a stunning, beautiful, expansive love, and it is for everybody, everywhere. —by Rob Bell from Love Wins

 

April 9, 2017- The Excitement of a Parade

Ancient Witness: Mark 11: 1-11; Matthew 21: 12-17

In sacred deed, we echo God's suppressed chant; in loving, we intone God's unfinished song. —Abraham Heschel

 

April 2, 2017- What's in Our DNA?

Ancient Witness: Matthew 5: 1-12; Galatians 3:28

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in the Spirit. —Galatians 3:28

 

March 19, 2017- Spiritual Genetics

Ancient Witness: John 3: 1-8; Receive the Spirit from Sing the Story

Those who believe there is only one way to worship God, end up worshiping the way and not God. —Meister Eckhart

 

March 12, 2017- The Time In-Between

Ancient Witness: Jeremiah 20: 11; Deuteronomy 31: 7-8; Romans 15: 13

Master Tung Kwo asked Chuage: "Show me where the Tao is to be found." Chuang Tzu replied; "There is nowhere it is not to be found." —The Way of Chuang Tzu

 

March 5, 2017- New Beginnings

Ancient Witness: Lamentations 3: 22-24; Ezekiel 36: 26; Psalm 51: 10-12

It happens all the time in heaven, and some day it will begin to happen again on earth - that men and women who are married, and men and men who are lovers, and women and women who give each other light, often will get down on their knees and while so tenderly holding their lover's hand, with tears in their eyes, will sincerely speak, saying, "My dear, how can I be more loving to you; how can I be more kind?" —Hafiz

 

February 19, 2017- Wrestling With Our Story

Ancient Witness: Exodus 6: 5-7; Ezekiel 20: 5

Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we'll ever do. —Brené Brown The Gifts of Imperfection

 

February 12, 2017- Healing Ourselves

Ancient Witness: Luke 6: 27-32, 37, 38

O God who brought me from the rest of last night to the new light of this day, bring me in the new light of this day to the guiding light of the eternal. Lead me, O God, on the journey of justice guide me, O God, on the pathways of peace renew me, O God, by the wellsprings of grace today, tonight and forever. —J. Philip Newell, Celtic Prayers from Iona

 

January 15, 2017- Intentional Connections

Ancient Witness: Isaiah 49: 8-18

Thus says the Lord: In time of favor I have answered you, on a day of salvation I have helped you. —Isaiah 49:8a

 

December 4, 2016 - What Are We Waiting For?

Ancient Witness: Letter of James 2: 14-17

If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives. —Lemony Snickett

 

October 23, 2016 - I Have No Enemies

Ancient Witness: Micah 4: 13; Luke 6: 27-30

When my body won't hold me anymore and it finally sets me free, will I be ready?...Under the curving sky I'm finally learning why it matters to me and you to say it and mean it too..I have no enemies. —the Avett Brothers lyrics to "No Hard Feelings"

 

September 25, 2016 - Identity: What or How

Ancient Witness: Mark 8: 27-33

It is easier to live through someone else than to complete yourself. The freedom to lead and plan your own life is frightening if you have never faced it before. It is frightening when a woman finally realizes that there is no answer to the question 'who am I' except the voice inside herself. —from Betty Friedan

 

September 11, 2016 - What is the Proper Response to Attack, Politically and Personally?

Ancient Witness: Romans 12: 14-21

The holiest of all the spots on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love. —from A Course in Miracles

 

June 26, 2016 - The Impossible Dream

Ancient Witness: 1 Peter 3: 13-16

This is my quest to follow that star no matter how hopeless, no matter how far to fight for the right without question or pause to be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause. —from The Impossible Dream

 

May 15, 2016 - Your One Wild and Precious Life

Ancient Witness: Mark 1: 16-20

Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small, love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all. —Isaac Watts

 

April 17, 2016 - Robbing the People: The Panama Papers

Ancient Witness: Amos 5: 10-12, 21-24

There is an increasing tendency among modern [people] to imagine themselves ethical because they have delegated their vices to larger and larger groups.—Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society

 

April 10, 2016 - Our Beautiful Imperfect Selves

Ancient Witness: 2 Corinthians 12: 7-9

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.—Anna Quindlen

 

March 27, 2016 - Resurrected People

Ancient Witness: Matthew 28: 1-10

God, who is rich in mercy...made us alive...and raised us up...and seated us in heavenly places.—Ephesians 2:4-6

 

March 20, 2016 - Never Turning Back

Ancient Witness: Luke 9:57-62

One must live not by certainties but by visions, risks and passion.—Charles Birch

 

March 6, 2016 - The Family of Earth

Ancient Witness: Luke 6:32-36

Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things. Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God. Every creature is a word of God.—Meister Eckhart

February 21, 2016 - How Nature Prays

Ancient Witness: Job 12:7-10

Everybody prays. People pray whether or not they call it prayer. We pray every time we ask for help, understanding, or strength, in or out of religion. Then, who and what we are speak out of us whether we know it or not. Our movements, our stillness, the expressions on our faces, our tone of voice, our actions, what we dream and daydream, as well as what we actually put into words say who and what we are. In prayer we say who in fact we are - not who we should be, not who we wish we were, but who we are.—Barry and Ann Ulanov, Primary Speech

 

February 7, 2016 - Joy-based Religion

Ancient Witness: John 15:9-11

Why aren't you dancing with joy at this very moment? is the only relevant spiritual question.—Pir Vilayet Khan, Sufi Mystic

 

January 31, 2016 - Xenophobia or Hospitality?

Ancient Witness: Deuteronomy 10:17-19

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers...—from Hebrews 13:2

 

January 10, 2016 - Let Us Disagree

Ancient Witness: Luke 6:37, 41

By calling ourselves progressive Christians, we mean we are Christians who know that the way we behave toward one another is the fullest expression of what we believe.—from "The 8 Points of Progressive Christianity," #4

 

January 3, 2016 - Do You Want to be Healed?

Ancient Witness: John 5:2-9a

People stand on the brink of mysteries and harmonies into which they never enter, and with their hands on the door latch, they die outside.—Emerson

 

December 6, 2015 - Angels: Messengers of God

Ancient Witness: Matthew 1:18-21

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for in doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.—Hebrews 13:2

 

November 1, 2015 - The Perfect Memory of God

Ancient Witness: Hebrews 8:10b-12

Good to forgive; better to forget.—Robert Browning

 

September 20, 2015 - Mysticism, Science, and Miracles

Ancient Witness: Matthew 14:22-32

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.—Hamlet

 

September 13, 2015 - Worship: Why Do It?

Ancient Witness: Mark 10:17-18

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone."

 

September 6, 2015 - Can I Really Make a Difference?

Ancient Witness: Romans 8:26-30

You got to tell me brave captain why are the wicked so strong? How do the Angels get to sleep when the Devil leaves the porch light on?—Tom Waits

 

August 2, 2015 - Saving the Earth Now

Ancient Witness: Genesis 2:4-9,15

What good is all the data in the world without a steadfast moral compass? What good is moral judgment without scientific facts on which to ground it?—Carl Sagan

 

July 19, 2015 - Why We Take the Vows

Ancient Witness: Ruth 1:1-18

Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die-there will I be buried.—Ruth 1:16-17

 

July 5, 2015 - Jesus and Empire

Ancient Witness: Matthew 5:38-45

Patriotism is not only a legitimate sentiment, but a duty...We cannot more efficiently labor for the good of all...than be pledging heart, brain, and hands to the services of keeping our country true to its mission, obedient to its idea...The world waits to see the quality and energy of our patriotism.—The Rev. Thomas Starr King (1824-1864)

 

June 28, 2015 - InterSpirituality

Ancient Witness: John 4:24

Interspirituality and intermysticism are the terms I have coined to designate the increasingly familiar phenomenon of cross-religious sharing of interior resources, the spiritual treasurers of each tradition.—Wayne Teasdale

 

June 21, 2015 - Beyond Tolerance

Ancient Witness: Philippians 2:1-4, 14-15

The quickest way to lose your humanity is to tolerate the intolerable.—William Sloane Coffin

 

June 14, 2015 - Dharma Talk

Ancient Witness: Philippians 2:5-7

God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by a process of subtraction.—Meister Eckhart

 

June 14, 2015 - The Fullness of Emptiness

Ancient Witness: Philippians 2:5-7

When all the images of the soul are taken away and the soul can see only the single One,… then the being of the soul can bear nothing else than the pure unity of God…—Meister Eckhart

 

June 7, 2015 - Out of the One, Many

Ancient Witness: Matthew 18:20

Gather us in and hold us forever, gather us in and make us your own;
Gather us in all people together, fire of love in our flesh and our bone.
—Marty Haugen

 

May 31, 2015 - Greed

Ancient Witness: Luke 12:13-21

True compassion… comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.—Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

May 17, 2015 - Being Found

Ancient Witness: 1 John 4:16b, 19

When Daisetz T. Suzuki was once asked, “What is Zen?” his answer was: “Zen is that which makes you ask the question, for the answer comes from where the question arises…”

 

May 10, 2015 - Motherly Love

Ancient Witness: Matthew 12:46 - 50

"I would rather be whole than good." — Carl Jung

 

May 3, 2015 - Be a Goose

Ancient Witness: 1 Corinthians 12:1, 12-20

"Where there is no vision, the people perish."Proverbs 29:18

 

April 19, 2015 - Beyond the Default Setting

Ancient Witness: Gospel of Thomas 113

Jesus’ disciples said to him, “When will God’s imperial rule come?”
“It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, ‘Look, here!’ or ‘Look, there!’ Rather, God’s imperial rule is spread out upon the earth, and people don’t see it."

 

April 12, 2015 - "You Are Perfect and We Love You"

Ancient Witness: Perspectives of the Divine and Love

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. Christian

All that is besides love is words. Baha’i

The Supreme loves and nourishes all things. Taoist

It makes no difference as to the name of God, Since love is the real God of all the world. Apache Native American

“You are perfect…and we love you.” - Karen Telser

 

April 5, 2015 - The Perils of Being Raised from the Dead

Ancient Witness: John 11:38-44

"I don’t care if you’re dead! Jesus is here, and he wants to resurrect somebody" - Rumi

 

March 29, 2015 - Not Your Mama's Palm Sunday

Ancient Witness: Mark 11:7-10, 15:12-14

"Jesus’ phrase Kingdom of God evokes an ideal vision of political and religious power, of how this world here below would be run if God, not Caesar, sat on the imperial throne... [Jesus] died for that vision and that program." - John Dominic Crossan

 

March 22, 2015 - The Courage to be Ourselves

Ancient Witness: Isaiah 6:1 - 8

"Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose." - Kris Kristopherson

 

March 15, 2015 - Communities of Practice - Life Together

Ancient Witness: Matthew 18:15 - 18

"By calling ourselves progressive, we mean that we are Christians who know that the way we behave toward one another is the fullest expression of what we believe. " - from “Eight Points of Progressive Christianity,” #4

 

March 8, 2015 - In Our Own Words

Ancient Witness: Joel 2:28-29

 

March 1, 2015 - All is Forgiven

Ancient Witness: Romans 3:23,24a

"...we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness." - Reinhold Niebuhr

 

February 22, 2015 - Authentic Happiness

Ancient Witness: John 15: 10-11

"When an entire lifetime is taken up in the pursuit of the positive emotions, however, authenticity and meaning are nowhere to be found. The right question is the one Aristotle posed two thousand five hundred years ago: “What is the good life?" - Martin Seligman, Authentic Happiness

 

February 15, 2015 - Acquainted with Grief

Ancient Witness: Isaiah 53:3, Matthew 26:36-40

"In my deepest wound I saw your glory, and it dazzled me." - Augustine

 

February 8, 2015 - Circles of Trust

Ancient Witness: Romans 7:15, 18-19

"For the good [person] to realize that it is better to be whole than to be good is to enter on a strait and narrow path compared to which his [or her] previous rectitude was flowery license." - John Middleton Murry

 

February 1, 2015 - Anger

Ancient Witness: Eph. 4:25-27

"Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody’s power, that is not easy." - Aristotle

 

January 25, 2015 - Do Not Be Ashamed

Ancient Witness: 2 Timothy 1:3, 8, 11-12

"Jesus’ insight was that it does not lie within the legitimate power of one human being to shame another, to cast that person out of the company of God and humanity." - Stephen Patterson

 

January 18, 2015 - Race and Privilege

Ancient Witness: Galatians 3:28

"There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all are one in Christ Jesus"

 

January 11, 2015 - The Sixth Sense

Ancient Witness: Acts 17:22 - 28a

"Every instant a revelation from heaven comes to our innermost souls." — Rumi

 

January 4, 2015 - Who Would Jesus Torture?

Ancient Witness: Mark Chapter 15, selected verses (15-20, 22-25, 34, 37)

"For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their soul?" — Jesus

 

December 28, 2014 - Conspiracy of Grace

Ancient Witness: Exodus 1:15-21, Matthew 2:7-16a

"God operates in the world as a subversive yet gentle Spirit. The world, it may seem, is dominated by brute force, by wealth and power, by evil, by violence. Yet there are those who quietly and bravely conspire against this Domination System."

 

December 14, 2014 - Joy - Not What You Think

Ancient Witness: John 15:9-11

"The beating heart of the universe is holy joy. — Martin Buber

 

December 7, 2014 - Competing Sons of God

Ancient Witness: Matthew 1:22-23; 2:13-15, 22b-23

"Whereas Providence… has… adorned our lives with the highest good:" — Jesus, A Revolutionary Biography, by J. D. Crossan

 

November 30, 2014 - Mary, Partner in Subversive Hope

Ancient Witness: Luke 1:46-55

"Attentiveness is not tenseness or strained effort but presence and relaxation, quietness and receptivity, presence with love. Attentiveness can be learned. We become sensitized to attentiveness." — a Carthusian

 

November 23, 2014 - Do Your Best

Ancient Witness: John 4: 31-34

"Just do your best — in any circumstance in your life." — Miguel Ruiz

 

November 16, 2014 - What Comes Out

Ancient Witness: Mark 7:5, 14-15

"In my deepest wound, I saw your glory, and it dazzled me." — Augustine

 

November 9, 2014 - Numbering Our Days

Ancient Witness:  Psalm 90:1-6, 10, 12

"Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.” — John Lennon

 

November 2, 2014 - “The Trouble Is, You Think You Have Time”

Ancient Witness:  Acts 17:26-27

"You only are immortal, the creator and maker of all. We are mortal, formed of the earth, and to the earth shall we return. This you ordained when you created us, saying, “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” All of us go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.” — from the Book of Common Worship

 

October 26, 2014 - When Not to Give

Ancient Witness:  Matthew 5:21-24

"Worship and living are not two separate realms. Unless living is a form of worship, our worship will have no life.” — Abraham Heschel

 

October 19, 2014 - Hell?

Ancient Witness:  Luke 12:4-5, 4:16-20a

"Many of us don’t believe in hell, eternal fire, or the devil… In fact, I find the idea of hell morally repugnant, since it makes fear the basis of faith.” — Rita Nakashima Brock

 

October 12, 2014 - Journey Into Freedom

Ancient Witness:  John 4: 1-29 (Woman at the well)

Guest Sermon from Jeff Olsen

 

September 28, 2014 - In Defense of Heresy

Ancient Witness:  Acts 6:8, 11-12, 7:58-60

"All great truths begin as blasphemies.” — George Bernard Shaw

 

September 21, 2014 - Unquestioned Answeres

Guest Sermon from Chris Roe, Director of Youth Programs at LSC

 

September 14, 2014 - Is Divine Blessing Enough?

Ancient Witness:  2 Corinthians 12:7b-10

God said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you.” — Paul

 

September 7, 2014 - Forever Young

Ancient Witness:  Matthew 18:1-5

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” — Suzuki-roshi, Zen Master

 

August 31, 2014 - Workers and Justice

Ancient Witness:  Exodus 5: 1-9

“We’re all working for Pharaoh” — from Pharaoh, by Richard Thompson

 

August 24, 2014 - The Wild Presence of God

Ancient Witness:  John 3:1-8

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!” — Maurice Sendak

 

August 17, 2014 - Home is Where I Feed My Cat

Guest Preacher Donna Teachau

 

August 10, 2014 - Seeing Yourself through God's Eyes

Ancient Witness:  Luke 12:6-7

"I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being." — Hafiz

 

August 3, 2014 - Unconditional Positive Regard

Ancient Witness: John 8:2-11

"The sweet Eye of love and compassion never ceases to gaze at us." — Julian of Norwich

 

July 27, 2014 - Pain Management

Ancient Witness: Matthew 26:36-39

"Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional." — Buddhist saying

 

July 20, 2014 - Going to the Dogs

Ancient Witness: Matthew 15:21-28

"Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table." —Canaanite woman to Jesus, Matthew 15:27

 

July 13, 2014 - Disagreeing With Jesus

Ancient Witness: Mark 13:5-8, 24-27

"Jesus taught only one thing: presence." —Stephen Mitchell

 

July 6, 2014 - Rendering to God and Caesar

 Ancient Witness: Matthew 22:15-22

"Love of country is a wonderful thing, but why should love stop at the border?" —Pablo Casals

 

June 29, 2014 - This Loving Presence

Ancient Witness: Romans 8:38-39

"In my heart of hearts, God is closer to me than I am to myself." —Augustine

 

June 22, 2014 - Never Far Away

 Ancient Witness: Acts 17:25b-28a (Inclusive Translation)

"God is the One who gives everyone life, breath—everything. From one person God created all of humankind to inhabit the entire earth, and set the time for each nation to exist and the exact place where each nation shall dwell. God did this so that human beings would seek, reach out for and perhaps find the One who is not really far from any of us—the One in whom we live and move and have our being."

 

June 15, 2014 - Economic Justice

 Ancient Witness: Readings from the Buddhist Tradition

Sermon from our annual "Living Buddha Living Christ" service

 

June 8, 2014 - Senior Sermons - From our All Ages Service which celebrates our youth. Sermons from our graduating high school seniors.

"There are some who think that the child’s value for humanity lies in the fact that she will someday be an adult. In this way they detract from the true value of childhood by shifting it only into the future. This cannot be justified. The child is a human entity having importance in herself; she is not just a transition on the way to adulthood… We ought to look upon [the child and adult] as two different forms of human life, going on at the same time.." Maria Montessori

 

And, from our senior minister - Forget the Future

 Ancient Witness: Luke 12:22-27, 29-31

 

June 1, 2014 - A Nonviolent God

 Ancient Witness: Jeremiah 31:7-14

"We see in and through Jesus glimpses of a God who is incapable of imposing justice, whose power is invitational rather than coercive, non-violent rather than violent, a God whose very essence and character is compassion. A compassionate God desires justice, calls us to justice and inspires resistance to injustice, but God cannot and will not impose justice. It is time to leave apocalyptic and messianic promises behind and throw images of a powerful, violent, punishing God who is capable of imposing justice into the dumpster." Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, Jesus Against Christianity

 

May 25, 2014 - Universalism - Our Common Destiny

 Ancient Witness: Matthew 11:28-30

"My unwillingness to believe in the salvation of all of God’s children was my last great sin... When I repented of my insistence that God save some and damn others, I was freed to live my life graciously. No longer was my life obsessed with comparing myself with others or with striving to earn God’s favor. I began to experience the incredible joy of knowing someday every person will know the love I know... Salvation is not the hope of a few; it is the destiny of all. — Philip Gulley and James Mulholland, If Grace is True

 

May 18, 2014 - Immigration Reform and the New Sanctuary Movement

 Ancient Witness: Luke 4:28 - 30

 Modern Witness: from “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” by Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will." — Frederick Douglass

 

May 4, 2014 - Everything Belongs

 Ancient Witness: Matthew 13:24-30

"He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” He answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?” But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let
both of them grow together until the harvest..."

 

April 27, 2014 - Dark Sky, Bright Stars

 Ancient Witness: John 16:20-22

"Whoever you are: some evening take a step out of your house, which you know so
well. Enormous space is near. "
- Rilke

 

April 20, 2014 - Ordinary Resurrections

 Ancient Witness: Mark 16:1-8

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is" - Albert Einstein

 

"God works miracles today by enabling ordinary people to do extraordinary things. " - Rabbi Harold Kushner

 

April 13, 2014 - Bon Voyage!

 Ancient Witness: Mark 1:9-14

"In sacred deed, we echo God’s suppressed chant; in loving, we intone God’s unfinished song" - Abraham Heschel

 

April 6, 2014 - Bad Friday Jesus, Judas and the Killer God

 Ancient Witness: Matthew 26:47-56

"What killed Jesus was not irreligion, but religion itself; not lawlessness, but precisely the law; not anarchy, but the upholders of the order…And because he was not only innocent, but the very embodiment of true religion, true law, and true order, this victim exposed their violence for what it was: not the defense of society, but an attack against God." - Walter Wink

 

"…re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul…" - Walt Whitman

 

March 30, 2014 - The Adventure That Chooses Us

 Ancient Witness: Exodus 3:1-2, 9-13, 4:1, 10-13

"And going a little farther, Jesus threw himself on the ground and prayed, 'Abba, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me…'" - Matthew 26:39

 

March 23, 2014 - Learning to Face Our Fears

 Ancient Witness: John 14:25-27

"The secret of life we are all looking for is this—to develop… the power and courage to return to that which we have spent a lifetime hiding from—to rest in the bodily experience of the present moment—even if it is a feeling of being humiliated, of failing, of abandonment, of unfairness." - Charlotte Joko Beck

 

March 16, 2014 - Afterlife - An Alternative View

 Ancient Witness: Mark 12:18-27

"If people are good only because they fear punishment and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." - Albert Einstein

 

March 9, 2014 - Lenten Temptations - Donna Techau preaching

 Ancient Witness: Matthew 26:6-10,13

"Leader: How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God
Congregation: For that is what we are!"
- Call to Worship

 

March 2, 2014 - Transformation Through Celebration

 

February 23, 2014 - Sacred Intentions

 Ancient Witness: Mark 11:20-24

"In the universe there is an immeasurable, indescribable force which the shamans call intent, and absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link." — Carlos Castaneda

 

February 16, 2014 - Prayer - An Alternative View

 Ancient Witness: Romans 8:26-27

"True prayer is deliberately putting ourselves at God’s disposal." — Harry Emerson Fosdick

 

February 9, 2014 - Freak

 Ancient Witness: Luke 4:23-24

"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in."
— Leonard Cohen, “Anthem”

 

February 2, 2014 - Forgiving Our Way to Freedom

 Ancient Witness: Matthew 18:21-22

"Negative feelings are like stray cats.
The more you feed them,
the more they hang around."

 

January 26, 2014 - Learning to See

 Ancient Witness: Mark 8:14-21

"Teach people to see." —William Ellery Channing

 

January 19, 2014 - The Spirituality of Martin Luther King

 Ancient Witness: Exodus 3:1-2, 7-8a,  Deuteronomy 34:1-4

"Speech has power. Words do not fade. What starts out as a sound ends in a
deed." —Abraham Heschel

 

January 12, 2014 - The Human One

Ancient Witness: Mark 10:17-18, 11:12-14

"I want to worship the God Jesus worshiped, not worship Jesus as God."
—Walter Wink

 

January 5, 2014 - Beginners Mind

 

December 15, 2013 - Unreasonable Happiness

Ancient Witness: John 16:20-22

“Why aren’t you dancing with joy at this very moment?' is the only relevant spiritual question." —Pir Vilayet Khan, Sufi Mystic

 

December 8, 2013 - The Peace of the Rebel Jesus

Ancient Witness: Luke 2:8-14

 

December 1, 2013 - Letting Go of Hope to Find It

Ancient Witness: John 1: 1-5

"All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are being born;
all around us life is dying and life is being born.
This is where my hope lies." —Howard Thurman

 

November 24, 2013 - Faith and Paradox

Ancient Witness: Isaiah 55: 6-9

We find more grace in the search for meaning than in absolute certainty, in the questions than in the answers. —from "The Eight Points of Progressive Christianity"
The worst thing we can do with a dilemma is to resolve it prematurely because we haven't the courage to live with uncertainty. -William Sloane Coffin

 

November 17, 2013 - Faith vs. Fear

Ancient Witness: Matthew 25: 14-30a

What is the knocking? What is the knocking at the door in the night? It is somebody wants to do us harm. No, no, it is the three strange angels. Admit them, admit them. —D. H. Lawrence
You can't think straight with a heart full of fear, for fear seeks safety, not truth. A heart full of love, on the other hand, has a limbering effect on the mind. -William Sloane Coffin

 

November 10, 2013 - Faith vs. Belief

Ancient Witness: 2 Corinthians 12: 7b-10

In a fabulous necklace I had to admire the anonymous string by which the whole thing was strung together. —Dom Helder Camara, "Do Not Forget"

 

November 3, 2013 - Legacies We Receive and Leave

Ancient Witness: Hebrews 12: 1-2a

You have made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when you plant shade trees under which you know full well you will never sit. —Elton Trueblood

 

October 27, 2013 - Christian and Interfaith

Ancient Witness: John 14: 1-7

We confess that we have stepped away from Christ's Path whenever we have failed to practice love of God, neighbor, and self or have claimed Christianity is the only way, even as we claim it to be our way. —"Affirmation One," The Phoenix Affirmations, Eric Elnes
2. By calling ourselves progressive, we mean that we are Christians who recognize the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the way to God's realm, and acknowledge that their ways are true for them, as our ways are true for us. The Eight Points of Progressive Christianity, The Center for Progressive Christianity

 

October 20, 2013 - Bibliolatry

Ancient Witness: Mark 7: 1-9

You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God, in order to keep your tradition! —Jesus
Occasionally I see a bumper sticker that reads: "God said it, I believe it, and that settles it." My response is always, "What if God didn't say it? What if the book you take as giving you God's words instead contains human words?...What if we have to figure out how to live and what to believe on our own, without setting up the Bible as a false idol...?" -Introduction to Misquoting Jesus, by Bart Ehrman
So I want to invite people to a mountaintop where together we can watch the mighty wind, the earthquake and the fire destroy the idols of creed, scripture and church, all of which have been used to hide us from the reality of God. -John Shelby Spong The Sins of Scripture

 

October 13, 2013 - Attention

Ancient Witness: Mark 8: 14-18

Let your love flow outward through the universe, to its height,its depth,its broad extent, a limitless love, without hatred or enmity, then as you stand or walk, sit or lie down, as long as you are awake, strive for this with a one-pointed mind; your life will bring heaven to earth. —Sutta Nipata

 

September 29, 2013 - Fueled by Gratitude

Ancient Witness: 1 Thessalonians 5: 12-18

Sanctity has to do with gratitude. To be a saint is to be fueled by gratitude, nothing more and nothing less. —Walter Wink, The Holy Longing

 

September 23, 2013 - Becoming Ourselves

Ancient Witness: Philippians 2: 1-8

 

September 15, 2013 - Embracing Reality

Ancient Witness: Luke 17: 20-21

"Go, go, go, said the bird: humankind cannot bear very much reality. Time past and time future what might have been and what has been point to one end, which is always present." —T. S. Eliot, in "Burnt Norton"

 

September 8, 2013 - The Non-Purpose Driven Church

Ancient Witness: Mark 2: 23-28

"Don't ask about the goal and benefit of the Holy Life. To be without goal and benefit is the Holy Life." —Vimalakirti sutra

 

September 1, 2013 - Everyone Does Better When Everyone Does Better

Ancient Witness: Deuteronomy 15: 1-2, 4-5 and Luke 4: 18-19

"The opposite of poverty is not wealth. It is justice." —Leonardo Boff, theologian

 

August 25, 2013 - Jesus Unchained

Ancient Witness: John 14: 3-6

 

August 18, 2013 - Threading the Needle

Ancient Witness: Mark 10: 17-26

 

August 11, 2013 - Your Net Worth

Ancient Witness: Matthew 10: 27-31

"Everyone matters. You matter. I matter. That is the hardest thing in biology to believe." —G.K. Chesterton

 

August 4, 2013 - Be Kind

Ancient Witness: Matthew 5: 43-48

"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." —The Dalai Lama

 

July 21, 2013 - Gun Control - Yes!

Ancient Witness: Matthew 26: 51-52

 

July 14, 2013 - Finding Your Religion

Ancient Witness: Acts 2: 42-47a

"Half the people in the world think that the metaphors of their religious traditions, for example, are facts. And the other half contends that they are not facts at all. As a result we have people who consider themselves believers because they accept metaphors as facts, and we have others who classify themselves as atheists because they think religious metaphors are lies. -Joseph Campbell
Religion is the vision of something which stands beyond, behind, and within the passing flux of immediate things; something which is real, and yet waiting to be realized; something which is a remote possibility, and yet the greatest present facts; something that gives meaning to all, and yet eludes apprehension; something whose possession is the final good, and yet is beyond all reach; something which is the ultimate ideal, and the hopeless quest.
" —Alfred North Whitehead

 

July 7, 2013 - Interdependence Day

Ancient Witness: Isaiah 2: 2-4

 

June 30, 2013 - Coming Out as Spiritual Practice

Ancient Witness: John 11: 17, 43-44

"Coming out serves as a universal experience, thus a sacrament in which we are all welcome to participate. Our own coming out invites others to share their secret selves, to risk intimate disclosure. Historically, many individuals and groups have come out of hiding or anonymity to declare their unique identities, understandings, beliefs, and visions." —from "Coming Out as Sacrament" by Chris Glaser

 

June 16, 2013 - Looking Deeply Together

Ancient Witness: Matthew 13: 33-35

 

May 26, 2013 - Justice for Immigrants

Ancient Witness: Deuteronomy 10: 17-19

 

May 19, 2013 - A Monastery for the Rest of Us

Ancient Witness: Acts 2:42, 44-47a

"Stop wasting time running after the perfect community. Live your life fully in your community today." —from "Community and Growth", by Jean Vanier

 

May 12, 2013 - Mother God

Ancient Witness: Jeremiah 31: 20

"The compassion of God the Mother insures that she loves the weak and dispossessed as well as the strong and beautiful. We do not have to be wonderful according to external norms to elicit her love, for this is freely given by virtue of the maternal relationship itself. God looks upon all with a mother's love that makes the beloved beautiful. Human persons cannot earn or merit this love, but it is freely and abundantly given." -Elizabeth Johnson
God Almighty is our natural Father; God All-widsom is our natural Mother." -Julian of Norwich

 

May 5, 2013 - Christian-A-theism

Ancient Witness: 2 Corinthians 12:9

 

April 28, 2013 - Free Your Soul

Ancient Witness: Mark 10: 17-18

"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose." —from "Me and Bobby McGee" by Kris Kristofferson

 

April 21, 2013 - The Myth of Scarcity

Ancient Witness: Mark 6: 32-44

 

April 14, 2013 - A Dialogical Faith

Ancient Witness: Matthew 13: 13-17

 

April 7, 2013 - Silence

Ancient Witness: Psalm 46

"Our awareness of God is a syntax of the silence in which our souls mingle with the divine, in which the ineffable in us communes with the ineffable beyond us." —Abraham Heschel

 

March 31, 2013 - Awakenings

Ancient Witness: Mark 16: 1-8

"Jesus is here, and he wants to resurrect somebody." —Rumi

 

March 24, 2013 - Who Killed Jesus and Why

Ancient Witness: Mark 15: 1-15

"Crucifixion served as a means of waging war and securing peace, of wearing down rebellious cities under siege, of breaking the will of conquered peoples and of bringing mutinous troops or unruly provinces under control. -Martin Hengel
It appears that Jerusalem elites collaborating with their Roman overlords executed Jesus because he was a threat to their economic and political interests." —William Herzog

 

March 17, 2013 - Pray Naked

Ancient Witness: Genesis 2:9, 25; 3:3-10

 

March 10, 2013 - The Military Vampire Economy

Ancient Witness: Jeremiah 29: 1, 4-9

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children...This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. -President Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

March 3, 2013 - Contemplation and Action

Ancient Witness: 1 John 3: 11-15, 18

 

February 24, 2013 - Equal Rites: Celebrating Gay Marriage 4.0

Ancient Witness: 1 John 4: 7, 16b

"I will no longer act on the outside in a way that contradicts the truth that I hold deeply on the inside. I will no longer act as if I were less than the whole person I know myself inwardly to be. -Rosa Parks

 

February 17, 2013 - Learning to Fall

Ancient Witness: Genesis 3: 17-19

 

February 10, 2013 - Filled to the Brim

Ancient Witness: John 2: 1-10

 

February 3, 2013 - Blurring the Line Between the Sacred and Profane

Ancient Witness: Acts 10: 9-15, 24-28

 

January 27, 2013 - Crazy Jesus

Ancient Witness: Mark 3: 21

"When his family heard it, they went out to restrain Jesus, for people were saying, "He has gone out of his mind.";