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November 10, 2019- Rooted in Faith

An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; Micah 6: 1-5

“Liturgy is a dead end if it is its own end.” -Stephen B. Bevans & Roger P. Schroeder Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today


November 3, 2019- What is Remembered, Lives

Wisdom of Solomon 3: 1-9; The Epic Gilgamesh

“‘Tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch. A fearful thing to love, to hope, to dream, to be – to be, and oh, to lose.” -Yehuda HaLevi


October 27, 2019- Fear is the Mind Killer

1 Corinthians 13: 9-13

“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13: 13


October 20, 2019- This Is A Fight; Let’s Act Like It

Ephesians 6: 10-17; Vitakkasanthana Sutta: The Removal of Distracting Thoughts

“To do two things at once is to do neither” -Publilius Syrus


October 13, 2019- Hope in a Time of Mass Shootings

Isaiah 43: 2-7; A poem by Izumi Shikibu (Japan, 974? – 1034?)

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” -JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


September 29, 2019- The Time is Now

Romans 8: 19-25

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” -Samuel Beckett


September 22, 2019- We Need to Talk About Guns

Isaiah 2:4; Matthew 26: 49-52

“Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, the burning of paper instead of children, the angering of the orderlies in the front parlor of the charnel house. We could not, so help us God, do otherwise….The time is past when good men [sic] can remain silent, when obedience can segregate men [sic] from public risk, when the poor can die without defense.” -Fr. Daniel Berrigan, while burning draft files in front of Local Board 33 during the Vietnam War


September 15, 2019- Everybody Loves a Good Story

Song of Songs Rabbah, 1: 1:9; Luke 15: 1-10

“Like everybody starts out somewheres. And they do something, something gets done to them and it changes their life. That’s called an arc. Where’s my arc?” -Christopher Moltisanti, The Sopranos


September 8, 2019- Welcome Home: Same Great Church, New Energy

Isaiah 43: 18-21; Mark 6: 1-6

“Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.” -Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s


September 1, 2019- A Time for Rest

The Holy Quran 6: 95-99; The Reform Siddur, “Atah Echad”

“Rest and be thankful” -William Wadsworth


August 25, 2019- The Only Rule is Compassion: Developing an Ethical Center

Luke 13: 10-17

“He [Rabbi Tarfon] used to say: It is not your duty to finish the work, but neither are you at liberty to neglect it.” -Pirkei Avot 2:16


August 11, 2019- Not a Game, More Than a Show

Babylonian Talmud, Sukkot 49b; Isaiah 1: 1, 10-18

“They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.” -Jeremiah 6:14


July 28, 2019- The Type of Anger That Helps

John 2: 13-22; from Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification), XIV, 171

“Some of the brothers happened one day to meet at Abba Joseph’s cell. While they were sitting there, questioning him, he became cheerful and, filled with happiness, he said to them: ‘I am a king today; for I reign over the passions.'” -Sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers


July 21, 2019- If You See Something, Say Something

Ezekiel 33: 1-9

“Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.” – Paulo Freire


July 14, 2019- How to Pray: Doubters’ Edition

from Analects 7:35; 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-22

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays”. – Soren Kierkegaard


July 7, 2019- A Guide for Unlikely Seekers

2 Kings 5: 1-14; Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20

“One day Abba Anthony received a letter from the Emperor Constantius, asking him to come to Constantinople and he wondered whether he ought to go. So he said to Abba Paul, his disciple, “Ought I to go?” He replied, “If you go, you will be called Anthony, but if you stay here, you will be called Abba Anthony”. – The Sayings of the Desert Fathers


June 30, 2019- They Said What?: Hard Teachings

Anguttara Nikaya 7.68; Luke 9: 51-62

“Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.'” – Luke 9:62


June 16, 2019- Choose Wisely

Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31; Mark 10: 17-22

“When you care enough, I think you’ll find that you already know what to do. You demand justice the same way you demand anything else in life that really matters to you.” – Rev. Dr. Renita Weems


June 2, 2019- You’re Already There

from Tao Te Ching, Ch. 29; Luke 17: 20-21

“In the midst of winter, I find within me the invisible summer…” – Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God Is Within You


May 12, 2019- Not Very Sheep-Like

Babylonian Talmud, Kiddushin 82a; John 10; 22-30

“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)…There are just some kind of men who – who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.” – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


May 5, 2019- The Spirituality of the Stomach

Angulimala Sutra, Chapter 7; John 21, 1-14

“Two of the greatest hungers in our world today are the hunger for spirituality and the hunger for social change. The connection between the two is the one the world is waiting for, especially the new generation. And the first hunger will empower the second.” – Jim Wallis


April 28, 2019- I’m New Here

Isaiah 43: 15-19; John 20: 19-31

“She said I had an ego on me the size of Texas. Well, I’m new here and I forget, does that mean big or small? Turn around, turn around, turn around, and you may come full circle and be new here again.” – Gill Scott-Heron, I’m New Here


March 31, 2019- Focus on the Future

Psalm 46: 1-7; Luke 9: 61-62

“No matter what has happened or will be, my Soul keeps centered and whole the positive and the negative. . .All Is Well With My Soul.” – attributed to Julian of Norwich


March 24, 2019- Follow the Leader

1 Thessalonians 5: 12-15; 1 Timothy 4: 11-16

“A leader can’t be effective without followers who are willing to take risks.” – Rev. Anthony B. Robinson,Transforming Congregational Culture


March 17, 2019- God of Hope and Love

Excerpts from Romans, Chapter 8; Numbers 6: 23b – 26

“God has no religion.” – Mahatma Gandhi


March 10, 2019- The Beginning In The End

Ecclesiastes 7: 8-11; Psalm 126

“What we call the beginning is often the end and to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding


March 3, 2019- Name It and Claim It

Psalm 23; Philippians 4: 8-9

“A religious belief is a signpost pointing the way to truth. When you cling to the signpost you are prevented from moving toward the truth because you think you have it already.” Anthony de Mello, Song of the Bird


February 24, 2019- Soul Money

Hebrews 13: 5-6

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Divine is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” can nourish, share, allocate, and spend consciously and contribute.” Hebrews 13: 5-6


February 17, 2019- The Young and the Restless

Acts 2: 1-4; Joel 2: 27-29

“If you’ve ever said you would join Dumbledore’s Army, if you’d follow the Mockingjay, if you’d fight back against the Empire: Now’s the time.” Sarah Gailey, Twitter post from November 10, 2016


February 10, 2019- Real Healthy Congregations

Ephesians 2: 19, 21; 1 Corinthians 14: 1-5

“Whereas church used to be the place to be in control and guarded, now more and more in progressive churches worship is a place where one can weep, laugh, and dance. It is vital that we worship with our hearts and well as our minds.” Rev. Jim Borklo, Sauselito Presbyterian Church


February 3, 2019- Hope In a Season of Darkness

Exodus 1: 15-22; Mark 7: 24-30; Matthew 15: 21-28

“The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice does not exempt you from acting in what you sincerely and reflectively hold to be the best interests of your community.” Susan Sontag At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches”


January 27, 2019- Living Into the Promise

Romans 12: 14-21; Luke 12: 22-29

“Some things have to be believed to be seen.” Madeleine L’Engle
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”


January 20, 2019- Faith in Action

Hebrews 11: 1-2, 7-10; Hebrews 7: 11-13

“Toward the One, the Perfection of Love, Harmony, and Beauty, the Only Being, United with all the Illuminated Souls, who form the Embodiment of the Master, the Spirit of Guidance.” a Sufi Invocation from Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927)


January 13, 2019- Holy Strength and Vulnerability

Mark 1: 16-20; from Babylonian Talmud, Bava Metzia 84a

“Weave, weave, weave us together. Weave us together in unity and love. Weave, weave, weave us together. Weave us together, together in love.”


December 30, 2018- The Joy of Darkness

Song of Solomon 1: 5-7; from Anam Carra by John O’Donohue

“Human presence is a creative and turbulent sacrament, a visible sign of invisible grace. Nowhere else is there such intimate and frightening access to the mysterium.” -John O’Donohue, Anam Cara


December 9, 2018- Peaceful Expectations

Isaiah 9: 6; Philippians 4: 6-7

“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.” -Saint Francis of Assisi


December 2, 2018- The Spirit of Hope

Jeremiah 29: 11-14; Romans 15: 13; Ephesians 4: 1-6

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – that perches in the soul – and sings the tune without the words – and never stops – at all . . .” -Emily Dickinson, c. 1861


November 25, 2018- Grumbler’s Anonymous

1 Thessalonians 5: 12-18; Psalm 100: 4

“Our rural ancestors, with little blest, patient of labour when the end was rest, indulged the day that housed their annual grain, with feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.” -Alexander Pope, 18th Century English Poet


November 18, 2018- The Sacred at the Center of Existence

A Saying by Nicholas Black Elk; Psalm 19: 1-4

“The image of God that goes with the understanding of Jesus as a spirit person is very different. Rather than being an article of belief, God becomes an experiential reality.” -Marcus Borg Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time


November 4, 2018- On the Verge of Greatness

Matthew 6: 24; Deuteronomy 25: 13-15

“People want to make the world a better place to live. They want to believe that they can truly make a difference for the better. There is embedded in us, it seems, a desire to finish out our work on this earth with a sense that we amounted to something. To sum it up, people want to be a part of something that changes lives. This is the work of the church.” -J. Clif Christopher Not Your Parents Offering Plate


October 28, 2018- Still With Us

Hebrews 12: 1, 12-15; Wisdom of Solomon 3: 1-3

“The most powerful and influential people I have known have lived until they died. They always took forward steps in what ways were open to them. They learned from the past, but they didn’t live in it… This church at least gives us the opportunity to do something positive, grow mentally and spiritually, and to make the most of our time here.” -Lydia McColloch, Lake Street Church member from 1959 until her death in 2007


October 21, 2018- What’s It All About?

Exodus 16: 13-20; Acts 2: 46-47a

“The mission to which my mantra calls me is the task of building or transforming the world so that every person living will have a better opportunity to live fully, love wastefully and be all that each of them was created to be in the infinite variety of our humanity.” -John Shelby Spong, Unbelievable


October 14, 2018- Where Do We Go From Here?

Genesis 32: 22-29; Hosea 12: 2-6

“Interrupting racism takes courage and intentionality; the interruption is by definition not passive or complacent. so in answer to the question ‘Where do we go from here?’ I offer that we must never consider ourselves finished with our learning. Even if challenging all the racism and superiority we have internalized was quick and easy to do, our racism would be reinforced all over again just by virtue of living in the culture.” -Robin Diangelo, White Fragility


September 23, 2018- The Historical Jesus

The Gospel of Thomas (The Nag Hammadi Scriptures); The Gospel of Truth (The Nag Hammadi Scriptures)

In the end, there are only two hard historical facts about Jesus of Nazareth upon which we can confidently rely: the first is that Jesus was a Jew who led a popular Jewish movement in Palestine at the beginning of the first century C.E.; the second is that Rome crucified him for doing so.” -Reza Aslan, Zealot


September 16, 2018- The Bible: Fact or Fiction?

The Gospel of Thomas; Q 16:13

The gospels are the church’s memories of the historical Jesus transformed by the community’s experience and reflection in the decades after Easter. They therefore tell us what these early Christian communities had come to believe about Jesus by the last third of the first century. They are not, first and foremost, reports of the ministry itself. -Marcus Borg Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time


September 9, 2018- Seeking to Serve

Psalm 71: 17-18; Ephesians 2: 19-22

The church is the community of those who seek to serve God’s healing work in the world, as that divine activity is understood. -Delwin Brown What Does a Progressive Christian Believe?


September 2, 2018- Celebrating You

Ecclesiasticus 38: 27-32a; Exodus 20: 8-11

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.


August 26, 2018- The End of the World?

Revelation 21: 1-6

I think this is irresponsible preaching and very dangerous, especially when it is slanted toward children. I think it’s totally irresponsible because I see nothing biblical that points to our being in the last days, and I just think it’s an outrageous thing to do. A lot of people are making a living – and they’ve been making a living for 2000 years – preaching that we’re in the last days. -Charles M. Schultz Conversations, 20th century


August 19, 2018- Sticks and Stones

Genesis 2: 19-22

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.


July 29, 2018- The Call of the Divine

Proverbs 3: 1-3; 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

Holy One, to you belong the mysteries of the universe. You transform shepherds into kings, the smallest seeds into magnificent trees, and hardened hearts into loving ones. Bless us with your life-giving Spirit, re-create us in your image, and shape us into your purposes. I believe there’s a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware and awakened to answer the call. -Oprah Winfrey, 21st century


July 8, 2018- The Shadow of Loneliness

Isaiah 43: 1-5; Psalm 142

Loneliness and the feeling that nobody needs you is the worst kind of poverty. -Mother Teresa


June 10, 2018- In This Together

James 2: 1-4

The cloth of a person is never a true measure of his wisdom and understanding. -Ernest Agyemang Yeboah


May 20, 2018- Wisdom and Sophia

Proverbs 8: 22-31; Wisdom of Solomon 7: 7-14, 23

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. -The Serenity Prayer (Reinhold Niebuhr)


April 29, 2018- Less Than Perfect

Genesis 3: 17-19

Spirituality is not a formula; it is not a test. It is a relationship. Spirituality is not about competency; it is about intimacy. Spirituality is not about perfection; it is about connection. The way of the spiritual life begins where we are now in the mess of our lives. -Mike Yaconelli


April 29, 2018- The Beloved Community

Ancient Witness: II Kings 7: 3-9; Matthew 3: 13-17

“Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.” -The King Center, founded by Coretta Scott King


April 15, 2018- The Great Commission

Ancient Witness: Deuteronomy 30: 11-14; 2 Timothy 2: 14-16

“Religion is like a pair of shoes…Find one that fits you, but don’t make me wear your shoes.” -George Carlin


April 8, 2018- Come Out, Come Out, Where Ever You Are

Ancient Witness: Mark 5: 25-34; Wisdom of Solomon 1: 13-15

The closet does have a benefit. It provides safety. Which at times is important. But remember, as long as you are in there, two other things will be, too: fear and shame.” -Anthony Venn-Brown

Don’t run, stop holding your tongue. Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live. Maybe one of these days you can let the light in. Show me how big your brave is.” from Brave -Sara Bareilles


March 18, 2018- Let Go and Let God

Ancient Witness: Isaiah 41: 10; Proverbs 3: 5-6 and 16:9; 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

Every child has known God – Not the God of names – Not the God of don’ts – Not the God who never does anything weird – But the God who knows only four words and keeps repeating them, saying: ‘Come Dance with Me.'” -Hafiz


March 4, 2018- Look Up!

Ancient Witness: Luke 24: 13-16

Forgive us, Divine One, for the times our hearts go hard, the eyes of our hearts are closed, and the ears of our hearts are stopped. Keep working with us, leading us on, healing our hearts and opening our eyes and ears to your love. Blessed Be. -Rev. Anthony B. Robinson


February 25, 2018- Packing Light

Ancient Witness: Matthew 10: 6-10

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. -Romans 7: 15


February 11, 2018- Imago Dei

Ancient Witness: Job 38: 4, 16-20

Say these words when you lie down and when you rise up, when you go out and when you return. In times of mourning and in times of joy: Another world is possible. This is your sacred task. This is your power. Lean with all your being towards that day when the poor of the world shake down a rain of good fortune out of the heavy clouds, and justice rolls down like waters. Defend the world in which we win as if it were your child. It is your child. Defend it as if it were your lover. It is your lover. When you inhale and when you exhale breathe the possibility of another world into the 37.2 trillion cells of your body until it shines with hope. Then imagine more. -Aurora Levins Morales,

excerpts from V’ahavta


January 28, 2018- Ready, Set, Go!

Ancient Witness: 1 Corinthians 12: 4-13

“Protect your enthusiasm from the negativity and fear of others. Never decide to do nothing just because you can only do little. Do what you can. You would be surprised at what “little” acts have done for our world.” -Steve Maraboli

from Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience


January 21, 2018- Alternative Facts

Ancient Witness: Ezekiel 37: 1-14

“Do not be satisfied with hearsay or with tradition or with legendary lore or with what has come down in scriptures or with conjecture or with logical inference or with weighing evidence or with liking for a view after pondering over it or with someone else’s ability or with the thought ‘The monk is our teacher.’ When you know in yourselves: ‘These things are wholesome, blameless, commended by the wise, and being adopted and put into effect they lead to welfare and happiness.’ then you should practice and abide in them…” -The Buddha


January 14, 2018- Called and Recalled

Ancient Witness: Amos 5: 21-24; Micah 6: 8

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from ‘Letter from Birmingham, Alabama Jail’, April 16, 1963


January 7, 2018- Following the Stars

Ancient Witness: Jeremiah 29: 11-14a; Matthew 2: 1-12

Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention. -Deepak Chopra


November 19, 2017- Peace In My Soul

Ancient Witness: Colossians 3: 12-15

The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.


November 12, 2017- Safe Space For All

Ancient Witness: Jeremiah 22:3; from Baha’u’llah of the Baha’i Faith

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block on his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice. -Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail.


November 5, 2017- Continuing on the Road

Ancient Witness: Psalm 46: 1-7

This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified. -Martin Luther


October 29, 2017- Surrounded

Ancient Witness: Hebrews 12: 1, 12-15; Hebrews 11: 8-12

I give you one thought to keep – I am with you still; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on the snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle Autumn rain. When you waken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not think of me as gone; I am with you still in each new dawn. -Anonymous


October 22, 2017- You Will Take a Journey

Ancient Witness: Exodus 3:1-15; Matthew 5: 14-16

In Taoism, there is a saying that the ocean is the greatest body of water on the earth because it is the lowest. Lakes, rivers, and streams all drain into the ocean. The ocean has no boundaries, no dikes to keep anything out. The ocean is acceptance. The ocean is where all the waters of the earth meet. The ocean reminds us that the greater our humility, the greater our capacity to receive. To be great in this way is to empty ourselves of all defensiveness, self-possession and the need to be right. To be great like the ocean is to give up our defenses and our judgements and not create any dams around our hearts. To be great like the ocean is to welcome everyone into our hearts. from A Voluptuous God -by Rev. Robert V. Thompson


October 15, 2017- Abundant Possibilities

Ancient Witness: Buddhism – Rattapala Sutta; Christianity – Matthew 6: 19-21

Running after that cur, money, I have forgotten you, O Divine, what a shame! I have time only for making money, not for you. How can a dog who loves rotten meat relish the nectar? -Hinduism, Basavanna, Vacana 313


September 24, 2017- Forgiveness is Freeing

Ancient Witness: Matthew 18: 21-22; The Practice of Compassion from Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. -Mark Twain


September 17, 2017- Drinking from the Quiet

Ancient Witness: I Kings 19: 11-13; Matthew 6: 9-13

I’ve been walking the acre of my soul. It’s been so long. And over there, the hill I used to sit on. I’d watch the stars reflect in the river when it was tired of running. I wonder what the view is now. But it takes at least a day to get there and another to sit still in the grass another to wait for the stars to come out and another for the river to tire. Sure, life keeps taking us away. But the only time I’m free of fear is when I drink from that river. -Going Inward by Mark Nepo


September 10, 2017- Creating a Community of Care

Ancient Witness: Ephesians 4: 1-4, 14-16

I beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unit of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one God who is parent of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. We must no longer be children, tossed about by the wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into the Divine, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love. -Ephesians 4: 1-4, 14-16


September 3, 2017- Working in Divine Love

Ancient Witness Readings: Sirach 38: 31-34, Luke 10: 38-42

Our neighbor’s cross should be a sword that pierces our soul. To co-participate, co-feel, co-suffer with our neighbor’s destiny – this is love. -Mother Maria Skobtsova


August 27, 2017- On the Path to Wholeness

Ancient Witness: Psalm 34: 15, 17-18

The wound is the place where the Light enters you. -Jalaluddin Rumi


August 13, 2017- Soul Liberty

Ancient Witness: Select Readings from three former LSC Ministers: Rev. Dr. Charles C. Knapp, Rev. Dr. Robert N. Zearfoss & Rev. Robert V. Thompson

Cherishing our own God-given gift of freedom has motivated us to support religious freedom for all to seek God’s will. Although this has allowed for distinctive opinions within our congregations both on aspects of our faith and their application within society, most of us would admit that dialog is a healthy means of spiritual growth. As it encourages its members to seek continually the mind of Christ in all matters, American Baptist Churches USA respects the variety of theological understandings that its members, and other Christians, have embraced. -…American Baptist Church website


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