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The Way of Love… Receives Mark 1:4-11, NRSV Reflections As we enter the season of Epiphany, new questions arise: Will we allow the light that has broken forth to illuminate the darkest corners of our hearts, our families, and our lives? Can we—will we—follow Jesus as he untwists the mangled metal of our shattered souls […]

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Dark Winter Hope Matthew 2:1-12, NRSV Reflections Hope is a song in a weary throat. Give me a song of hope And a world where I can sing it. Give me a song of faith And a people to believe in it. Give me a song of kindliness And a country where I can live […]

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Those Who Dream… Will Not Keep Silent Luke 2:22-40, NRSV Reflections Then perhaps there is a third kind of loss—the loss that comes when you notice the limits of your knowledge of God, when you feel bereft of guidance, when you feel the loss of God’s saving power or of God’s grace. This feeling of […]

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Those Who Dream… Sow Joy and Justice Isaiah 61:1-4, NRSV Luke 1:46-55, NRSV Reflections If this great reversal (of Mary’s Magnificat) is not my longing, if I hesitate or downright refuse to construe Christ’s coming in terms of systemic change and resistance to oppressive forces, Mary’s Magnificat presses me to ask if I am among […]

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Those Who Dream… Prepare the Way Isaiah 40:1-11, NRSV Mark 1:1-8, MSG Reflections Preparing the Lord’s path means challenging systems and structures that we have institutionalized as normal but that God condemns as oppressive and crooked. It means clearing the path of self-aggrandizement, self-absorption, and greed to make way for a community where all of […]

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Those Who Dream… Keep Awake Isaiah 64:1-4, NRSV Mark 13:24-37, NRSV Reflections Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. — Langston Hughes, Dreams dominant power is not the ultimate power keep awake is to do truth telling, often with sadness learning to wait for God what […]

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When Things Fall Apart: Deconstruction Acts 9:1-19, NRSV Reflections Fanaticism is always a compensation for hidden doubt. Religious persecutions occur only where heresy is a menace — Carl Jung The dark night is God’s attack on religion. — Rowan Williams It was Apostle Paul’s dark night Jesus is one with the bodies of those who […]

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When Things Fall Apart: Unraveling Internalized Shame John 4:1-16, NRSV Reflections Our internalized shame can become a barrier to intimacy with God. When we are seen for who we are, we can begin to heal and reconcile with our true selves, reconcile with our community and also reconcile with our Creator. — Mira Sawlani-Joyner Usual […]

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When Things Fall Apart: Turn Matthew 25:1-13, NRSV Reflections “The fragile human world will one day be caught up into the endless glory of God and will be held securely in God’s hands forever. But this is not a moment that has arrived in all its fullness in our history. We know about the promise […]

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When Things Fall Apart: Uncertainty Matthew 14:22-33, NRSV Reflections We might see the moral of the story as “you should have so much faith that you can walk on water toward Jesus” but the truth of this story is that Jesus walks toward us. The truth of the story is that my abundance of faith […]

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