In the Luke version of the Beatitudes, Jesus comes to the level plain to heal the people and speak to them. He has words of blessing for those who are suffering, a blessing that also included happiness and joy.
Senior Minister Molly Baskette cites recent scientific work on the effects of controlled doses of psychedelics to treat some mental illness as reported in Michel Pollen’s new book, How to Change Your Mind, to explore the power of awe.
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
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.
Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman sets out on a “joy watch” based on the morning'ss scripture from Isaiah (61:1-11) which promises a double portion of joy. The words come in a time of exile, return, and restoraion. The writer claims that it is those who are oppressed who will lead the way.
Emerging Leader Loi Almeron explores questions of doubt and faith. How can we approach our trials with joy as the scripture invites us to (James 2:1_8)?
Senior Minister Molly Baskette shares from her sermon "Where Has God Gone" from Sunday, October 8, 2017.
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.