Loi Almeron's time as a First Church Emerging Leader is coming to a close. Loi reflects on the last year and in particular on the struggle of her immigration process as well as the challenges the church faced after the fire in 2016. As is suggested in the scripture for the morning, our internal structure is changing day by day whether it is seen or unseen (2 Corinthians 4:16-5:1).
Guest preacher Michael Piazza lifts up the variety of zoological references in the morning’s scripture. He notes that Jesus chooses to use the image of a mother hen as a symbol of protection. “When life is like a zoo, we become more like foxes.” But Jesus’ example was to open his arms wide in welcome and acceptance, embracing and demonstrating his vulnerability.
For this all-ages worship Sunday, Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman leads the congregation in a reflection on Isaiah’s call to a “new heaven and a new earth,” a hopeful cry for justice and peace for all people.
In the last of his four sermons as First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence, Marvin K. White explores the rich topic of “love.” In his theopoetical style, he explores the generosity of God’s love, our own capability to name it, claim it and share it in the world, and the direct connection between love and justice.
Reflecting on the themes of sleep, faith and safety in Psalm 4, Emerging Leader Kim Druziako shares her own stories of survival as she first moved to the Bay Area. With little resources, she finds herself in a warehouse community of other poor queer folks who help each other make ends meet.
Public Theologian in Residence Marvin K. White upends the story of Noah and the flood (Genesis 9:8-17) by naming the violence of God’s response to the world he created and is now destroying. And instead of giving us rainbows, why can’t God just say God is sorry?
On Annual Meeting Sunday, Senior Minister Molly Baskette begins with a parable about the tenderness and tentativeness of feelings and how we share them.
Senior Minister Molly Baskette recounts some of the challenges that she has faced in the last few weeks, including the death of her brother Jesse in the Philippines and her children getting whooping cough.
Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman sets out on a “joy watch” based on the morning'ss scripture from Isaiah (61:1-11) which promises a double portion of joy. The words come in a time of exile, return, and restoraion. The writer claims that it is those who are oppressed who will lead the way.
The scripture for the morning exhorts us to “keep watch” in anticipation of the return of the Son of Man (Mark 13:24-37). But how will Jesus return? In her sermon, Senior Minister Molly Baskette suggests that progressive Christians don’t focus on Judgment Day.