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I was born into an Irish-Catholic family that also honored the ancient religious traditions and heritage of our home-county. Adding to the cultural and religious mix, the first members of the two sides of my family, who came to America during the Irish Potato famine ah...

August 12, 2018

PENTECOST 12 | 1 Kings 19:4-8; Ps 34:1-8; Eph 4:25-5:2; sub. Mat 7:9-11

As many of you have heard, last week Lisa and I came home from a wonderful, much-needed Eastern European vacation, and I immediately wound up flat on my back from dysentery. Egad. For me, this was k...

August 5, 2018

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13 | Ephesians 4:1-16 | John 6: 24-35

When I was a little girl, growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, I was told that because I was a girl, my survival and happiness depended upon my appearance, my ability to follow directions, and my willingness to please...

August 4, 2018

Yesterday I was fortunate to participate in “Zoocharist” at the Oakland Zoo, an event sponsored by an Episcopal group called Holy Hikes. Once a month this group meets outdoors to conduct a service. The idea is for people to experience God outside the walls of a church,...

July 9, 2018

2 Cor 12:2-10; Mk 6:1-13

As many of you know, I grew up in a devout Southern Baptist home. We went to church every time the doors were open—Sunday morning services, Sunday evening services, Tuesday night visitation, Wednesday night prayer meeting, Friday night youth gro...

July 2, 2018

Ps 30; Mk 5:21-43

The decision to become a pastor in the United Church of Christ was complicated. First, the relationship of our parish with the UCC was complicated. Also, I wasn’t sure it was a good fit for me, liturgically. But I was faced with a bit of a professional...

May 31, 2018

TRINITY SUNDAY | Is 6:1-8; Rom 8:12-17; Jn 3:1-17

Once upon a time, I used to be a Unitarian. It’s true. I used to belong to the Church of the Greater Fellowship, which is special non-geographical UU parish for those who cannot, for some reason, attend regular services....

May 21, 2018

PENTECOST 2018 | Acts 2:1-21; Rom 8:22-27; Jn 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

Blaise Pascal was a scientist and theologian in the 17th century—back then, you were allowed to be both. Among his idiosyncrasies was the fact that he had sewn a piece of parchment into his coat, a note th...

May 7, 2018

EASTER 6 | Acts 10:44-48; 1 Jn 5:1-6; Jn 15:9-17

The other day I saw a story in the news about a woman proudly announcing what she does to people she doesn’t like. She says that she makes hot dogs—she makes them the way my mom used to make them, by boiling them in water...

April 23, 2018

EASTER 4 | 1 Jn 3:16-24; Jn 10:11-18

An additional reading from the Gospel of John: Passover was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords,...

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April 21, 2019