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Broken/Open

Posted by molly on 31 October 2013

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Anne Lamott, my nominee for Bishop of the Christian Left, was on WBUR yesterday, saying beautiful and funny things, as usual.

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Drag Gospel Festival!!!

Posted by Molly on 17 October 2013

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Beloved,

There is a palpable sense of relief, today, isn’t there, with the government re-opening?

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A Year of Radical Curiosity

Posted by Molly on 10 October 2013

Beloved, 

I said in the sermon a couple of weeks ago that you can’t fake empathy, but you can fake curiosity, and that will lead to empathy. Those words must have been from the Holy Spirit, because now they won’t let me go.

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Labor in the Pulpit

Posted by Jeff on 5 October 2013

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Beloved,
 
Perhaps you have been like me this week - staring into the news feeds hoping for some sanity.  I'm definitely NOT a federal worker and - thanks to all of you - I am fully insured so if Obamacare were to be delayed or defunded, it wouldn't affect my health coverage much at all.  But I have still found myself being driven totally nuts by the government shutdown.  No, it's not in my control, but I find myself mourning over the inability of our elected officials to sort this one out.  As a Christian, I especially mourn that the battle is over how we care for the health and well being of people who have the least access to affordable health care.  As Christians, we are on special orders from Jesus to care for the poor and heal the sick.  If it's a priority to us, then it is certainly acceptable to have a healthy debate about the best way to do it, BUT, for me anyway, the government shutdown hasn't felt healthy at all.

This week in worship we won't be talking about the government shutdown or Obamacare but we will be thinking about the power we have over other people.  Does having all the power give us the right to put other people down?  And if we choose to do so, what does it do to us?  We'll be sitting at table together in Duhamel Hall for World Communion Sunday where we remember our oneness in Christ with people the WORLD OVER despite the powers of war, fear, and economics that may be trying to drive us apart.  And we'll be hearing more from our friends at Interfaith Worker Justice about local campaigns for the Living Wage and Paid Sick Days.

Jeff is preaching, Molly will pray, Liz Davenny will confess.  Services at 9 and 11.  Possible second hour with IWJ at 10 AM coffee hour and DEFINITE new bible study on Ecclesiastes with  Molly at noon in the Chapel.

Peace!

Jeff

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