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Jesus, the Welcome Mat, and the GOP

Several months ago, the Church House hosted a group of our members in discernment – people heading toward some sort of authorized ministry with the United Church of Christ.

Preparing (to be) a sanctuary

An important lesson I learned as a brand new associate pastor wasn’t something I read in a book or heard in a classroom lecture.

Baptismal Promises

A year ago in June, I became a parent for the first time -- a godparent.

Jazz and Jesus

It was one of those transcendent moments when my body was in one place and my mind, soul and spirit were raptured up in ecstasy. In one moment, I was fascinated by the excellence of craftsmanship, amazed by the outstanding performance and inspired by the titillating creativity.

Acorns and Oak Trees

I recently spoke to a church group in New York about the future of Christianity and what churches could and should be doing to prepare.

Rocks and Islands

In my 34 years of life, I've come to this realization about our nation as a whole: We are a society of individuals who sometimes end up being around other people.

Finding God in a One-Eyed Dog

I am a dog lover. I own a sweet little Cairn terrier named Lola. I love meeting up with other dog owners and their pets when we go for walks or go to the dog park.

Parting Gifts

After nearly 50 years there, my parents are selling their old Kentucky home, the place where my sister and I grew up and the only family home we can remember.

Closing Thoughts

The final breaths of every worship service in my childhood were the congregation's singing of Bless Be the Tie That Binds. The words of that hymn always lifted and wrapped up all of the elements of the morning's worship, like a table cloth being lifted by its four corners, plates and all, to be carried to a new place.

Interconnected Advocacy

I took 'Contemporary Approaches to Protestant Theology' from an amazing process theologian – an Episcopal priest, for whom I was also research assistant. His lineage goes back to the Chicago school of process thought. I remember writing a paper on environmental theology and ethics that I was so jazzed about. It seemed like all my heroes and sheroes had the answer. The answer? Get everyone around a table. Seriously.