Tag Archives: Transformation

Back to Life – Easter 2020

Text: Mary Oliver’s Messenger  Mark’s Gospel Chapter 16  Homily  Last night as I kissed my daughter’s forehead, she felt hot.  In normal times I’d just think: “Teenager. Day in the sun, no big deal.” But this is not a normal time.  So … Continue reading

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all we can do

All you can do is walk into Jerusalem, with the Hosannas ringing in your ears, and the palms coming at you in every direction, when you’re already remembering the bitter of what comes next even then, all you have is … Continue reading

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The Morning After

Reading: After 37 Years My Mother Apologizes for My Childhood by Sharon Olds  Sermon – The Morning After – Gretchen Last Sunday, I told you about the ledge at my friends’ lake cabin. How I was too afraid to ever follow … Continue reading

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The Plunge

When I was a kid, some of my friends had a cabin on a lake, where just off to the side there was a place you could go, and jump off the ledge into the water below.  I’d watched my friends … Continue reading

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Queering Gender

I was only seven, and already I got that it made no sense.  More than anything that year, I wanted to carry the cross up the center aisle, or at least a candle – I wanted to go in front … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Homily 2016

Text: Luke 2:1-19 Homily: The Radical Story of Christmas – Mary, Jazz and Turning the World Upside Down  It starts with being counted.   Whether or not they wanted to make the journey, it didn’t matter. They had to go. … Continue reading

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We were made for these times

There’s plenty going on in the world, in our country, in our state, and in most cases, in our individual lives – that would justify feelings of overwhelm, of denial, of heightened anxiety and reactivity.  And yet lately, I’ve been feeling … Continue reading

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The Fierce Urgency of Now

Many of you reading this will have recently heard the news that the remaining viable candidate for the Republican nominee for President is the same one who said a few months ago that he was “calling for a total and complete … Continue reading

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The Light of Morning – Easter Sermon 2016

Here is the audio podcast of this sermon. Poetry: Maya Angelou’s On the Pulse of Morning (from the line “Lift Up Your Faces, you have a piercing need…”)  Reading: Luke 24 from the Message Bible  Imagine it with me, this … Continue reading

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Charge to the Minister – for Rev. Patty Willis

I had the wonderful chance to be there for my friend and colleague, Patty Willis’ installation to the South Valley UU Church in Salt Lake City on Sunday the 20th of March.  And not just to be there, but to … Continue reading

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