Worship As It Used To Be

First Parish in Framingham: to access audio:

Some sermons preached during my Interim Ministry with the First Parish In Framingham are posted on the congregation's website including: 

"Just Imagine" January 26, 2020

"Wood Wide Web" a multigenerational service January 5,2020 

"1619: The Truth About All This" November 17, 2019

 

To listen online, go to www.uuframingham.org/worship/past-worship-services/

 

Shout!

First Parish Church of Stow and Acton

April 8, 2018

Here lately, and somewhat to my embarrassment, I've been humming that almost 30 year old Tears for Fears song.  Do you remember the words?  

Shout! Shout! Let it all out. These are the things I can do without.

Come on! I'm talking to you! Come on!

So. . . . I've been heard shouting out loud at the news. I find myself speaking "more loudly" than necessary as my housemate and I comment on the state of the world.  Sometimes I catch myself, momentarily wordless; gathering all that energy and breath and tension in my body, working up to a really fine shout – or what my grandmother would have called hollerin'. Because I don't know what else to do. Shouting comes in many languages – that of fear, of pain, of frustration, of surprise. And it comes when we've had enough.  It comes in the language of poets, of religious leaders, of activists with a passion for justice. . .from people of all ages and in all kinds of places.

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Let Our Life Speak - a sermon about Religious Education

First Church Jamaica Plain

November 16, 2016 

My journey into ministry began with saying yes to serving my home congregation as Religious Educator.  Soon after I graduated from college (and having been a member for little more than a year), the Board President called to ask me if I would take on the job.  At first I said no.  Three phone calls later I finally agreed. 

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Persist in Writing the Future

First Church Jamaica Plain

March 19, 2017

 

I begin with a worry and a word.  Here’s the worry.  One of the stated purposes of the current U.S. Administration is, as its Chief Strategist puts it, to deconstruct the administrative state.  The strategies for accomplishing this are many, including the dismantling of agencies, departments and programs that – for all their shortcomings – can help us move toward becoming that more perfect union. . . .On the way to deconstruction harm is being done, and will continue to be done to human beings, to the planet. This harm is collateral damage. Collateral damage. Every week.  Sometimes every day. Every time. Harm. Some who resist have the gift of focus – on a particular community, on an issue, on a strategy. Others who resist – and I am one – try to focus on keeping everything and everyone from harm.  It often feels like a game of “whack a mole.”

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