What Works (part 1):
I was asked recently to contribute my thoughts and practices for a lecture and discussion of what works for churches of different sizes. I was hesitant to do it, somewhat because I didn’t want to spend the time to prepare for it. But that is only half of the truth. I spend time doing all sorts of things that on the surface do not seem important to most people. Being a minister means that I have the opportunity to sit and talk with someone with no action items to assign, no agenda to work through. I get to just share space with people.
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 24 December 2017 (candlelight service)
It is difficult to tell which story goes with which year. Maybe it is the running through a deep ravine with a cousin, when suddenly the sound of my grandmother’s yoo-hoo wafts through the cold air from at least a mile away.
For my former STL home, I grieve again in the face of justice denied. To my friends standing in the breach today, their lives at risk and brutalized, I stand with you, if only from afar. The system is guilty as hell, and no excuses or tired explanations will do. THE SYSTEM IS GUILTY!
Court of Honor Invocation Prayer
For those here among us being recognized, for the many people involved along the way, family and friends, we give thanks, O faithful and loving Spirit.