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Sunday Sermons

Truthful Origins

  • The Rev. Scott Walters
  • 06/14/2020
  • 14:08

There is a problem in us when we remove the trauma from our founding stories. There is a problem in us when we tell sanitized, cherry tree versions of our history or when we deny that we are the heirs in the deepest of ways of very flawed and sinful people. And the problem is that we can’t deal with the trauma in our lives today when we pretend its roots are only in the day before yesterday.

Violence and Scripture

  • The Rev. Amber Carswell
  • 06/07/2020
  • 13:17

I have taught the Bible to Episcopalians now for many years, even as I remain the Bible’s student, learning from a text that I can only describe as alive — alive with the spirit of God, which has the power to lodge in our souls and transform them.

Pentecost: Rivalries or Communion

  • The Rev. Scott Walters
  • 05/31/2020
  • 13:54

Maybe understanding people who should be incomprehensible to us will still be the sign that we’re beginning to live less according to the flesh… Less as individuals who understand themselves over and against their rivals and more as a people who live by a spirit that truly wants communion among all of God’s children. A Pentecostal people who won’t be satisfied any longer with a life that is anything less.

Taking Flight

  • The Rev. Paul McLain
  • 05/24/2020
  • 9:05

Jesus in flight sees the cosmos as a whole. He sees beyond the imaginary boundaries of earthly kingdoms and imagines a world of boundless beauty and possibilities.

What Good is God?

  • The Rev. Scott Walters
  • 05/17/2020
  • 8:39

I’m interested in the Areopagus and in Paul’s clever imitation of Socrates in his argument. I like that he approached the Athenians rhetorically through an alley door they’d left ajar in their religious system, using their altar to an unknown god to lure them into the big T Truth. But honestly, right about now, I have a lot less need for what’s clever in my life than I do for what is real. And I think this story is about returning us and returning our religion to what is real. We have a way of wandering away from the real, both as a species and as individuals.