In a week that saw the ramping up of tension and the threat of military and even nuclear response between the US and North Korea, and demonstrations by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Senior Minister Molly Baskette found it hard to create a sermon about God’s love as a solution.
A minister colleague of Senior Minister Molly Baskette described the experience of attending the recent UCC General Synod, the national denominational meeting, as “two steps and a hug”—that he couldn’t go much farther than that before being warmly greeted by someone he knew.
Talking about God is complicated because we each have our own projections, images and cultural ideals about God, from the “big person in the sky” to the force or pulse at the center of the universe.
The scripture for the morning says, “whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” (Matthew 10:40-42) Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny explores the nature of rewards and the difference between the accumulation of
In the scripture, the early community of believers were gathered together, learning a new way of being together in community “day by day”.
In her Pentecost Sunday sermon, guest preacher Rev. Da Vita McCallister shows us how triumph and tragedy walk hand in hand in the story of Jesus’ disciples following his death and resurrection. The disciples gathered on that day would still have been experiencing the trauma of Jesus’ crucifixion and yet the Holy Spirit sweeps through them.
“Rejoice in the Lord, always. Again, I say rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). In a continuing series of sermons about “joy,” Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter suggests that joy is multifaceted—it can manifest in a variety of ways—large and small, simple and profound.
In this passage from the Book of John (16:19–24) Jesus places sorrow right alongside joy. Senior Minister Molly Baskette suggests that it is easy to see what is broken around us and want to fix that in order to have our joy.
In her Easter Sermon, Senior Minister Molly Baskette finishes up the “Resist+” Lent them by pairing resistance with dancing. In these challenging times, movement may be one the best strategies—do one thing differently, make one new move.
Palm Sunday is the beginning of a series of events leading up to Easter Sunday.