Mary’s Universal YES! A sermon with Paul and Pastor Kate Fields

After my niece and nephew moved out, my youngest son spent the summer in my childhood home. A few days after Caleb moved back into the dorm, Connie drove to Lexington to see him. In Nashville, asleep on our couch, the phone woke me at 11pm. Connie blurted out, “It is raining in the house! […]

When it seems all is lost- love nudges us

In the year my Aunt Margarette died, and then my father, I began accompanying mother to Camp Nelson, Frankfort, Willisburg, and Rockbridge cemeteries. We cut lilacs, lilies, and Black-eyed Susans from her yard and placed them in coffee cans wrapped in aluminum foil. When mom moved into our home in Tennessee, we cut wildflowers from […]

How does the Biblical narrative shape our understanding of Immigration?

As we traveled to visit family over the holidays, we drove past  a church camp I went to for several summers. Connie asked about the camp and as I reflected on my experiences, I realized part of my journey away from biblical literalism began as a college intern at camp.  Everyone is on a journey. […]

“Do not be afraid- God is with us”

In the sixth month, God sent a named angel to unremarkable small town to speak a virgin named Mary.  Mary’s family had signed the arranged marriage contract with Joseph, but the wedding was months away.  Mary and Joseph may have met a few times, but only in the presence of a chaperone.  God’s messenger greets […]