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.
In the wake of the 2016 election, guest speaker Steve Almond, sought to respond by writing his new book “Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country.” He challenges the degradation of public discourse and the “bad stories”—those that are fradulent, intended to sow discord, and lead away from inner lives—that have come to shape us as a people.
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.
In the scripture, Jesus gives some advice about what to do when someone offends you. He suggests talking directly first, before anything else.
In the story for the morning, Moses encounters God in the burning bush. God asks his to take off his sandals because he is “standing on holy ground.” (Exodus 3:1-15) Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny explores the vulnerability of being barefoot.
In the midst of dire warnings about the effect of climate change and in advance of a major international conference on global warming in Paris in December, Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny lifts up the glory of God's creation and our responsibility to care for us.