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Rise Up: Reflections on Patriotism (sermon)

I am the A-L-E-X-A-N-D-E-R we are meant to be A colony that runs independently Meanwhile, Britain keeps shittin’ on us endlessly Essentially, they tax us relentlessly Then King George turns around, runs a spending spree He ain’t ever gonna set … Continue reading

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Gratitude Flag Garden along the Mill River

Not long before I left Western Massachusetts last summer, I walked along the Mill River in an area I hadn’t visited for several years. Well, maybe even more than several, truth be told.   I was so lucky because I … Continue reading

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Adventures in Dementia*land: Part II

Introduction The Short Version: We have been successful in moving my mother from one memory care facility 2,000 and 3,000 miles away from her children to another one that is a 30 minute walk from my brother and a much … Continue reading

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Weeping & Walking & Welcoming My Inner Turtle

At dusk, an unscheduled detour and stop at the Peace Pagoda in Leverett, a place of calm for a very long time in my life. It is up a steep trail in a clearing in the woods on a hillside. … Continue reading

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Dear Beloved Ordaining Congregations (and All Sentient Beings Present) at my Ordination Yesterday:

I am flush with gratitude. Each time I turned my face towards you, I beheld so so so many of you out there.  At first it felt like I was stealing glances at you.  I felt brazen.  Then I felt … Continue reading

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Weaving Stories of Beloved Community – Part I (sermon)

Let me begin with gratitude. Gratitude for this moment, for this breath. Gratitude to finally be here with you. Let me speak gratitude for the many kindnesses and gestures of generosity that have been already extended to me and to … Continue reading

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Prayer of Gratitude & Despair: Earth Day

Hear these words of thanksgiving and of lament. Ours be a prayer of gratitude, raising praise for life that sustains and renews, to grace that surrounds and surprises, for the abiding truth: there is no separation between us and the … Continue reading

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Spiritually-Sound Impulses: Pulpit Exchanges & Congregational Polity

Yes, this one might be a little boring.  Yes, the topic is not particularly sexy.  You could still read it though… As part of my ministerial formation, I have thrown myself at far too many opportunities to preach from a … Continue reading

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