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Interfaith Winter Blesssing

These are the gifts of this season, let us open our hearts to them: A joyful, hopeful conclusion to waiting and yearning A welcoming of the refugee seeking shelter amongst us Unexpected light in darkness May these be the presents … Continue reading

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A Litany of Blessings (for Tori Jameson)

(At my current seminary, Andover Newton Theological School, it is tradition that at the last UU worship before graduation, we recognize those of us who are graduating.  Each graduating senior is blessed by someone else.  My friend asked me if … Continue reading

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A Blessing at the Start of a Ministerial Internship

For my new Teaching Parish Committee   We are artists, not evaluators…   Though there are tools that will be offered, carefully crafted grids for assessment and measurement, guidance for feedback and evaluation, do not be deceived: your task here … Continue reading

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Rituals of This Day: Blessing the Departing Minister

The deacons and minister stand at the front.  The deacons stand on either side, balanced.  They speak. The water in this vessel was first gathered in January, 2013, filled with the good wishes and hopes for the future by those … Continue reading

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Rituals of This Day: Blessing for the Congregation

I stand before you, in the fullness of this church, in the presence of this community. I am both humbled and emboldened. For all the gifts you have given me, I thank you. For all the gifts you have allowed … Continue reading

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The Five-Second Rule & Communion Wafers

As one of my colleagues introduced himself on the first day of class, he said he pastors a church in…my hometown!  This is a surprise to me on many levels, primarily because he, and his church, are African American Pentecostal.  … Continue reading

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