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 →

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 →

Today’s #rethinkadvent suggestion is to sit in the dark. Literally. You can give it a try. I’m reading Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark.” I’m struck with the idea that the dark isn’t bad–that, in fact, the dark has its own qualities, and if we remove the fear of the dark, we can enjoy the positives aspects of the dark. It’s such a lesson for all of life. To pull out those things (or people) who fear you, and learn them. Listen to them so that the fear you feel inside stops. Approach them so that they can become loved and accepted,Read More →

A sermon based on Colossians 3:12-17 As I mentioned, I was recently in Bali, Indonesia for six months. While I was there, I learned to surf. Everyone who has known me for more than two weeks has exclaimed, “What? You?” These are comments I heard when I told people I was going to learn. Better be careful. You know how clumsy you are. Is your insurance paid up? Be careful of the sand, waves, water, and salt.  OMG. You’re going to die! Because it’s true. I’m clumsy. And in the past, when I’ve done things that were pretty risky (jumping off cliffs, snorkeling, and stuffRead More →