We are a people called to work for Justice

Preached at South Congregational Church, Feb 21 2018 We know that as Christians, we are called to work for Justice. As the Prophet Amos says, “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” And we know that requires action on our part – Justice has never been an accident of fate. […]

Hurricane Prayer for the Harbor

Spirit of life Power of creation You are the god of all things, living and the dead You are the god of new life, gentle rain, and fall harvests. You are also the god of hurricanes, wildfires, and floods that destroy homes and lives and leave already-oppressed communities reeling. You are, as always, a force […]

What in God’s Name is Happening

Preached to the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence on July 30, 2017.   I don’t think i can start with a litany of all the changes we’re seeing. Or how disconcerting it all is. cause it’s bananas. all of it’s bananas. In the past week I was exhausted by like, 18 different things. Capitalism […]

From Fear to Transformation

This was preached on April 23, 2017, at First Congregational Church of Granby   God, may the words of my mouth be pleasing to you. It is a very scary time in the world right now. I think that’s important to say out loud, although I hate admitting it. I go to work every day […]

Sanctuary as Mary’s Song

This sermon was given on January 8, 2017, to the congregation of First Church Granby, one of my many home churches (and the one where I currently spend most Sundays). The readings this week were Matthew 2:13-23 and Dueteronomy 24:17-22. I also heavily reference the Magnificat, which is the real kicker, I think. For more readings on […]

The Worthy

The section of the Bible told here is Luke 7: 1-10, where Jesus heals the slave of a Roman centurion, without ever seeing the slave, because he was so impressed by the faith of the centurion. — Sometimes bible stories really speak to us. Other times they don’t. As a christian, that’s trickier for me […]

Reflections about anxiety

This was a writing response for a seminary class on Illness, Health, and Healing. I want to share it here since I’ve wanted to share this with other people for a while now. If you want to talk about this, I would absolutely love to. My illness story is about my chronic anxiety, something that […]

I Will Not Be Afraid

Oh Friends, it has been a heartbreaking week. Thank you for being here this morning. I named this sermon a month or two ago, calling it “I will not be afraid”. I intended to talk about how to foster a resilient faith community in the face of societal fear. I guess I still intend to […]

Bodies of Humiliation

This was preached on Feb 21st at Grace North Church in Berkeley, California. Grace North is United Church of Christ Congregation. The text this sermon refers to is Philippians 3:21. — I’m going to talk about bodies tonight, and I’m going to talk about the ways that our bodies are used to humiliate us. I’ll start […]

Gay bashed at the barber shop

(As written for my forgiveness class at seminary) I was gay bashed at a barber shop on Friday. Since moving to the bay, I’ve let down the pretense of being a masculine cis man, and have settled more into the effeminate behaviors that come naturally to me. As a result, if people don’t read me […]