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.
In the last of his four sermons as First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence, Marvin K. White explores the rich topic of “love.” In his theopoetical style, he explores the generosity of God’s love, our own capability to name it, claim it and share it in the world, and the direct connection between love and justice.
In the morning’s story, Jesus invites his followers to “take up their crosses and follow him” (Mark 8:27-35). Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman begins with the premise that to take this difficult road is not the price we must pay to be loved or to feel like we belong.
The state of the world can seem perilous. Political life in the United States seems chaotic. Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter describes his attempts to share his experience of life with our current president to his InterPlay friends in Australia in performance in January.
On Annual Meeting Sunday, Senior Minister Molly Baskette begins with a parable about the tenderness and tentativeness of feelings and how we share them.
In the Scripture, Paul answers a question the community of Corinth has about eating the mean that has been sacrificed to idols. Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny uses this as a jumping off point to explore our own relationship to food, especially considering that food is such a big deal in the area.
Senior Minister Molly Baskette lifts up the challenges of connection and disconnection in larger communities. How are we neighbor to each other? Do we slip into the anonymity of urban life, unaware or unwilling to engage with those living right near and among us?
Guest preacher Rev. Lynice Pinkard deconstructs the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) to expose the greed and inequality that was represented in the story. She calls us all the a “dissident discipleship” which rejects the status quo and moves toward the way of love. The Kingdom of God is an alternative script, a viable choice. We can shift our attention from ourselves to each other.
First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence Marvin K. White shares from his sermon “By What Authority” from the 10 am service on Sunday, October 1, 2017.