our words and silence matter

I am saddened and heartbroken, but not that surprised by the events today in our nation’s capital. Today, we see that heated words and silent complicity matter.  Jesus warns us: “I tell you that people will have to answer on Judgment Day for every useless word they speak. By your words you will be either […]

reflecting on a new year

2020 is perhaps the most challenging year for our city, our nation, or world, and our churches in a very long time. Our collective struggle and personal tribulations brought by Covid, isolation, deepening civil polarization, poverty, and systemic racism will not disappear at the stroke of midnight. Dr. Martin Luther King advises that “no social […]

In praise of the ordinary

After receiving the Ten Commandments, Moses says to the nation: “I set before you blessings and curses, Life and death. Now choose life, so that you and your descendants might live”. (Duet 30) Life emerges (as a blessing) when we as individuals and together in community adhere to the covenant. We do not enter  the […]

What does Love require and build? How do we respond to the explosion?

After receiving the Ten Commandments, Moses says to the nation: “I set before you blessings and curses, Life and death. Now choose life, so that you and your descendants might live”. (Duet 30) Life emerges (as a blessing) when we as individuals and together in community adhere to the covenant. We do not enter the […]

Even tonight, the Light shines

We started English as a Second Language and after school tutoring at that church when a small group of educators wanted to connect with the town’s growing Hispanic community. There was some opposition. One dear saint suggested we check for green cards before offering ESL classes. When I asked if we would be checking everyone’s […]

Love must come near to suffering

These are very difficult times. There are so many losses, and the months ahead may test our collective mettle even more. In past holidays, we found Christmas cheer in travel, gathering, singing, and season’s greetings. We trust that will return. Right now we sacrifice together. We offer to ourselves and our neighbors the emotionally expensive […]

The Prophets Are Still Shouting Out

The Nativity at our home is like a glorious mix-tape pulling together songs from three Gospel artists. Luke contributes the stable and shepherds; Matthew adds the Magi and the star; John imbues the whole scene with glowing holy light. It is a beautiful blend.  However, when we  harmonize three unique stories into one Christmas medley, […]