Baptism as a way of living

In 1997, on a clear cloudless night not long after Lewis was born, I felt a pull to carry Lewis outside. Maybe I felt a bond so rich that being surrounded by walls and held in by a ceiling seemed wrong. I looked up at the starry sky. That same sky called out to Abraham […]

Accepting Love’s Call to Resist

Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves? Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you?  Will you use your freedom and power to resist evil, injustice, and oppression?   Accepting and resisting are seeming opposites, but they can flow […]

An Acts Ten Moment

I asked Pastor Darren Wright to sharing his baptismal journey:  “A couple of years ago, I found myself sitting in a room across from the table from eight people, as they threw questions at me.  I was going through commissioning to become an Elder in the United Methodist Church. It’s not intimidating at all. (congregational […]

Epiphanies Reveal New Roads

“And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.”     In 1988, I stood on the steps of the only church I knew. A growing sense of dream-like disquiet rubbed the official teachings of my denomination against the loving community that held me […]

New Year! New Road?

A New Year reminds us of the possibilities of new roads.  We, mainline churches, begin the new year with a holy day: Epiphany. Epiphany means “an appearance of God’s divine presence.”  On Epiphany we remember the Magi. These wise ones came from the east, outside of the known traditions to seek and find Christ. The […]

Congregation Netzach Yisroel

Our lectionary passage from the prophets reads…. During all their distress, God also was distressed, so a messenger who served God saved them. In love and mercy God redeemed them, lifting and carrying them throughout… Isaiah 63:9 Today we lift up our spiritual kindred especially those who are part of Congregation Netzach Yisroel, in Monsey […]

Christ Eve’s sign: God loves all

Growing up, I think we had semi-gloss ceilings. I loved to lay on the living room floor watching the christmas tree lights flicker across it’s shiny glaze.  Those tree lights came with sturdy bases that held giant screw in bulbs. Whenever a solid red, blue, orange, or green light went out, I replaced it with […]