August 9, 2019

This is going to be hard.

My sermon title this morning was supposed to be “Rich Towards God.” I was going to talk about the parable of the rich fool, which you all just heard read. That was the plan. And then yesterday and today happened. The 249th and the 250th mass sh...

April 21, 2019

I was sitting in a meeting with about 20 other women. Some of them were women in positions of power— there was a local city mayor, a state senator, and women with positions of authority in local businesses and non-profits. Others of us had less prestigious positions, b...

March 17, 2019

For those of you who weren’t here last week, we kicked off a Lenten sermon series on the subject of the Lord’s prayer, beginning with the phrase— ‘thy kingdom come.’ We are going to continue with the Lord’s prayer this week, but before we jump right back into the next...

March 11, 2019

Historically, the season of Lent is a time to pause and reflect, and a time to try to live more deeply into our spirituality.  For many of us, it is a time to get back to the basics of our faith in order to turn our attention back to God. This year, inspired by that id...

February 10, 2019

Luke 5:1-11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the...

January 22, 2019

Today is my last day in San Diego, and I am sick. Too sick to go to the border. In our training we learned that many of our friends waiting to cross the border have compromised immune systems, and that our germs could significant harm them. So I’m stuck here in San Die...

January 21, 2019

First, the good.

Today, after a brief time of accompanying folks preparing to present for asylum, we hopped in our cars for drive over to Friendship Park in Tijuana. We were going there to attend a service of the bi-national “Border Church.” Friendship Park, despite the...

January 19, 2019

Dear Friends,

It’s been a long but good first day on the ground here in San Diego. Today was devoted to training with fellow recently arrived volunteers. There were about a dozen of us-- different ages, different backgrounds, and different reasons for being at the borde...

January 17, 2019

I’m on the second leg of my journey west—a five-hour flight from Charlotte, NC to San Diego. I’m not one that is able to sleep well on plane flights, and so since I’ve got nowhere else to go at the moment, I thought I would jot down some initial thoughts. 

My official t...

January 13, 2019

Luke 3:15–17, 21–22

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am...

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