Pastors' Blog

Oct 22, 2020 - Kent French

The best spiritual teachers and faith founders pepper their ministries with sweet, little cogent nuggets of simple wisdom.

Like the Buddha saying: Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. 

 Or Confucius saying: It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. 

Or Rabbi Hillel saying: Judge not thy friend until thou standest in his place.

But when you try to put them into practice fully,...

Oct 15, 2020 - Kent French

On Sunday, we follow again the arguments and controversies that Jesus willingly embroils himself in during his last week of Earthly life.

This Sunday's passage (Matthew 15-22) gives us Jesus' famous comeback to the goading Pharisees: "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's" (verse 21, King James version). 

I grew up...

Oct 08, 2020 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones,

There's no way around it, this week's lectionary story is a doozy and a half.

We hear a parable, perhaps familiar, of a King who invites the elite to his son's wedding banquet, and nobody accepts his invitation, so he throws open the doors to the palace and invites all the rabble rousers, common folk, prostitutes, tax collectors, and peasants in the kingdom. A...

Oct 01, 2020 - Kent French

Communion Sunday: We invite you prepare your own communion at home, whether with juice and a muffin or scone, milk and toast, wine and crackers, whatever works for you. We also invite you to prepare your table as you might for communion: with a candle, a special goblet or chalice, a special plate, and a tablecloth or placemat. We will consecrate the elements together on our Zoom worship.

It is...

Sep 24, 2020 - Kent French

This autumn, we are following the lectionary again, that centuries-old, three-year cycle of scripture readings for every day of the year. Now through the end of November (and the end of our liturgical year), it takes us through the last chapters of the Gospel of Matthew and into some juicy, head-scratching and provocative teachings from Jesus.

This Sunday features Jesus the badass debater (...

Sep 17, 2020 - Amy Norton

"We will get there, heaven knows how we will get there, but we know we will." 

"All manner of things shall be well."

"One day at a time."

"Bird by bird."

"Make it to midnight."

All of these mantras, prayers, and reassurances are meant as guides in an unpredictable, overwhelming wilderness. When the Israelites were in the wilderness, they began to get...

Sep 10, 2020 - Kent French

The first Sunday after Labor Day is our "Welcome Back Sunday," when we return from the (relatively) more laidback energy of a New England summer and begin our program year, just like all of the schools and universities around us. We celebrate with an after-worship cookout on the lawn.

This year, the pandemic makes it all different.

We will still gather. In the "welcome back" spirit, this Sunday we will have a live worship service on Zoom at 11am, available on...

Sep 03, 2020 - Kent French

Our summer series on Adventures in Faith has so inspired and impressed me by the courage, dedication and deep faithfulness of our members and guest homilists. If you've missed any of their homilies, I invite you to return to our YouTube page and check them out. See the list below.

This final Sunday, September 6, is no different as we hear from member...

Aug 27, 2020 - Kent French

One of the scripture passages we progressive-leaning Christians most like to quote is from Matthew 25. Jesus tells how it will go in the "last days" when the Son of Man will judge the living and the dead, dividing us up just like a shepherd does with sheep and goats. He tells the sheep that they took care of him when he was hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, sick or in prison. And they ask him, somewhat incredulously, "When was it that we did these things?" And he responds:

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Aug 20, 2020 - Amy Norton

Greetings to you all, and peace, from the One who is, and was, and is to come!

This Sunday, as part of our continuing Adventures in Faith series, we get to hear from award-winning documentarian (and United Parish Youth) Jesse Givens! Jesse was recently recognized for a documentary he co-created with his friend Aspen Johnson about the Youth Climate Strike. In his homily, Jesse will share with...

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