In the last couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about the Holy Spirit. We started with John 3:8, the Spirit blows where she will—and compared our lives to a kite, where we must be tethered to the ground, but not too tightly tethered, because we have to be able to be picked up by the Spirit. And then we considered the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and self-control, and asked the Spirit to come into our lives, to help us manifest these gifts. So I tried to draw a picture of the Spirit in our lives tried to answer what itRead More →

a sermon by Lia Scholl Last week we talked about John 3:8, and the Holy Spirit, and how she blows where she chooses, and you hear the sound of her, but you do not know where she comes from or where she goes. And I compared the Holy Spirit in our lives to the wind that picks up a kite—and the balance between being tethered to the ground, like a kite must be, but also must be free to fly. If we are too tightly tethered, whether to the past, to conflict, or to control, we will not thrive. But then I found myself asking,Read More →

This Sunday we will pray a prayer about Charlottesville written by Lauren Grubaugh, then a Divinity student, now an ordained minister. It’s nearly two years since that day. That day in the heat in Charlottesville lives in my memory as a dark day, a day that made me wonder if this is what civil war would like like. And a day that stayed in my dreams for months. I’m not so sure we’re better off today. In many ways, we things may be worse. The deaths in El Paso, the Gilroy Garlic Festival, and the ongoing crisis in Black, brown, and LGBTQ+ communities bring backRead More →

a sermon by Lia Scholl John 3:8 in the New Revised Standard Version reads like this: The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. As many of you know who speak different languages or have studied ancient languages it’s hard often to find a good translation—and as hard as this one tries—this translation is incomplete. The word that is translated as wind is pneuma in Koine Greek. Can you say it with me? Pneuma. You hear a word from our own language in that? Maybe you hearRead More →

My friend Meg Vallee and I did a thing at Wild Goose 2019. Here’s what we said. Meg speaks:  So, hi to everyone who chose to join us after lunch, when you really want to nap. Thank you! Welcome to Underground Economies, Radical Politics, and Unconventional Loves. When Lia and I started talking about doing this, we didn’t want to do a typical “you should love and respect sex workers” sort of thing. We think you’re probably already there, right? Instead, we wanted to break down the things we see in sex worker life–the life skills, the advocacy, the resilience, and the community, and seeRead More →