Origins of Life

I want to begin by thanking Pat for buying this sermon in the auction- and for giving me the chance to get my Geek on! As those of you who have heard me preach about neurobiology or process theology know all too well, I love taking science as my scripture for the day.   Karen…

Anger

Opening Words  So far, since September, we’ve dedicated a Sunday to a number of different feelings:  Fear and Anxiety, Hope, Joy, Guilt and Shame.  Today, we’re wrestling with anger.  I personally find anger to be one of the trickiest emotions to work with. Where most feelings point to an intuitive response that is helpful, anger…

Healing Through Creativity

In the nineties, I volunteered at a rape crisis center as an advocate.  When they acquired their building, one of the things they did was to invite clients to paint a tile or two as part of their healing process.  The tiles were then assembled into a wall mural, sort of like they have in…

Dancing in the Storm

We live in one of the best places on earth for weather-watching…don’t you think?  The light here is amazing, and sunset colors are spectacular.  We get ‘leftover’ weather, which often means the cloud formations are unusual.  And we’re in “big sky country,” with not much blocking our view, so the canvas is gigantic.  We get…

Post Traumatic Growth

Have I ever told you the story of my very first ministry?  It was a spectacular failure. I had my first child during my last year in seminary and my second child during my internship, and so when I entered the ministerial job market for the first time, I had a two year old and…

Resistance and Resilience

Opening Words  Today is the first in a five-Sunday series on the theme of Resistance and Resilience.  When I speak of resistance, I’m not talking about the Star Wars, “Rebellions are built of hope” kind of resistance, but our own internal resistance.  Sometimes resistance is a helpful thing- we resist the temptation to whine or…