I’ve been thinking more than usual about plagues. (Frankly, I’ve never really had cause to think about them before!) I’m pondering them today not only because of our current situation with this novel coronavirus epidemic, but also because Passover is fast approaching.
This month we turn our attention to the theme of Abundance and Generosity. This is an opportunity to reflect on and appreciate the abundance in our own lives. This can be a real challenge for us at times, I know. After all, we live in a society, in a consumer culture, which tells us constantly […]
During this month of February, we are exploring the two-fold theme of “Identity and Belonging.” These two concepts are really two sides of one coin, in a sense. Identity asks the question, “Who am I?” while Belonging asks the question, “Whose am I?” And there is in these two questions an inherent tension, the tension […]
The work of a congregation during a time of interim ministry is partly to look backward to the past, partly to look around in the present, and partly to look ahead to the future. These are not necessarily linear tasks, but tasks that intermingle as we move together through these two years in preparation for […]
And so, December comes! Our Christian neighbors and friends have begun their celebration of Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year, a season of waiting for the arrival of baby Jesus, born again in old stories and anew in hearts and minds. Meanwhile, as the darkness of winter deepens, we all wait for the […]
In October, we focused on the theme of Letting Go. During the month of November, we will be reflecting on Memory.
During October we will be reflecting together on our theme, which is “Letting Go.” What an apt theme for this season, as the trees let go their leaves, making room for the barrenness of winter and for the new life that will come in the spring! In worship, we will consider the need to let […]
Greetings! I’m delighted to finally be here with you, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside of you as we travel the Interim Path together. I very much look forward to meeting you in the coming weeks and getting to know you – andyour hopes and dreams for First Parish – in the […]
This column would normally be my goodbye for the summer missive, but it is a goodbye to the church and ministry column instead. This summer will bring a massive sea change in my life, and a changing face of ministry here. I think by now you have all heard or read plenty of sermons on […]
I am writing this column on my Kindle fire from an AirBnB in Washington, D.C.. Yesterday we saw the African American History museum, something I have wanted to do for years. It is a gut wrenching experience, and many times I felt tears come to my eyes. In several places the visitor finds shackles, as […]
At the annual meeting there will be a warrant item asking the congregation to approve the granting of “Minister Emeritus” status for me. What does this mean? It is an honorary title given to someone (a minister or college professor) who has usually performed long and meritorious service to an institution. I suppose you could […]
The storms this winter have mostly been an odd mixture of ice, rain and snow. Some of us would prefer warm temperatures and rain, and others like a lot more snow, but I am not sure any of us like the mixture. Yet even if we have more cold and/or snow we also know it […]
Some of you have probably noticed by now that every sermon I write has some reference to saying goodbye or letting go or thinking about the future. Think of January and its sermons on dreams, getting old, and reconciliation on the journey of life (all posted on the website). Of course every sermon I preach […]
Happy New Year. I hope everyone had enjoyable and relaxing holidays. New Year’s is always symbolized by a new baby, and the outgoing year is often represented by Father Time, an old geezer with a scythe. The New Year often challenges us to think about how things will be different in the coming 12 months. […]