On Pride Sunday, Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman reflects on the gifts of queer folk can “shine” when they are included in faith communities and can fully claim God’s love. Jesus’ words, taken from the Sermon on the Mount, were spoken to people who were used to hearing that they didn’t belong.
Senior Minister Molly Baskette dives deeply into the question of personal salvation and wonders aloud whether it is as easy and exclusive as it sounds to claim Jesus as one’s personal Lord and Savior.
For this all-ages service, the theme was about how to be an “upstander”—how we support those who are being bullied directly or indirectly.
On Mental Health Sunday in the United Church of Christ, Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman shares her own story about the way mental health issues in her family affected her as she was growing up. She reflects on how silence made the situation even more difficult for all involved.
Guest preacher Michael Piazza lifts up the variety of zoological references in the morning’s scripture. He notes that Jesus chooses to use the image of a mother hen as a symbol of protection. “When life is like a zoo, we become more like foxes.” But Jesus’ example was to open his arms wide in welcome and acceptance, embracing and demonstrating his vulnerability.
Thomas, the twin, missed out when Jesus appeared to the disciples in the upper room. Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny notes that we don’t know exactly why he wasn’t there—was he depressed and holed up at home, out roaming the streets looking for Jesus, or did he get locked out?
On this Palm Sunday, Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman reflects on freedom.
On this Easter Sunday, Senior Minister Molly Baskette talks about “eukatastrophe,” the “sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears.” She recounts the “dramedy” of her husband’s proposal to her, and then imagines what it must have been like for Mary, whose grief at losing
Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny shares stories of doing theater and improv from the time she was in high school and the sense of freedom and excitement that it gave her.
Although the proverb about fools and their money being soon parted is not Biblical, Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter suggests that it is still apt.