The following was a newsletter article written for the UCC Ministry Co-op of Southwest Wisconsin published in April 2019. Since then the chickens have grown like weeds and brought exponential joy to our lives! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you … Continue reading The Wings of Love and Belonging
This sermon was preached on Sunday, August 25th at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Platteville, WI. It was my first Sunday back with the community after a time of sabbatical leave. Focus Scripture: Genesis 1 I don’t usually name my sermons – mostly because far too often their content shifts significantly between the … Continue reading The Intersection of Art and Fear
Note: We've been working our way through a "Be the Church" sermon series this summer. This weekend's topic was "Be the Church: Forgive Often" - and the focus scripture was Matthew 18:21-35. Here's my sermon... ------- “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Dumbledore … Continue reading Sermon: The Work is Ours
First Congregational United Church of Christ is a church of women. Our pastor is a woman (that'd be me.) Our last three called pastors were women, too. Our administrative assistant is a woman. Our music director is a woman. Half our custodial team is a woman - in fact, her other half is the only … Continue reading The Church Without A Woman
This sermon was preached on Sunday, January 29th 2017 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Platteville Scripture: Micah 6:1-8 and Matthew 5:1-11 When we meet Jesus in our Gospel reading this morning, he has traveling, teaching, and healing for just a short time now. He's called his disciples and together they've gathered a … Continue reading Blessed are the Refugees
I was so impressed with the work done as 50 members from the Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ headed to Washington DC for the Women's March on Washington. They all displayed a deep faith that led to bold action. We called out time together a weekend of "Listening and Witnessing." On Friday we engaged … Continue reading The work of the church: Listening and Witnessing
Preached on Sunday, January 15th, 2017 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Platteville I returned Tuesday from a week of study and renewal with the Next Generation Leadership Initiative through the UCC Pension Boards. You might remember that NGLI is a 10 year continuing ed program for young clergy in the UCC - the … Continue reading Rev. King’s Letter to Us
In the aftermath of a divisive election our congregation gathered this morning for the annual occasion of dedicating our financial, time, and talent pledges to the Church and God. This year, we went a step further. We pledged to take solid, progressive, steps toward a more just and generous world. Personally, I pledged to proclaim … Continue reading Extra Love.