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 […]

More than a Required Response

I gave this reflection at the UU church in Northampton, Mass, on July 19, 2015. It is a largely-white congregation, in a largely-white community.  At an earlier part in the service, I read this quote, by Anne Braden: “In every age, no matter how cruel the oppression carried on by those in power, there have been […]