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Read/Watch: “What are you waiting for?” with Rebecca Gant

Click here to start at the sermon. It’s December second, the first Sunday in Advent. The Christmas decorations have been up around the city for a while, the marathons of movies like Elf, Christmas Vacation, and A Christmas Story have begun. All of which means it’s almost time for one of my favorite Advent rituals—which […]

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Service: “Suffer and Survive; The Voice of Octavia Butler” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Click here to start at the sermon. Octavia Butler died in the winter of 2006, at the age of 58; she did not live to see either Barak Obama or Donald Trump elected to the presidency of the United States. Which is too bad, because it would have been fascinating to see how she responded […]

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Service: “First Thanksgiving” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Click here to start at the sermon. The Thanksgiving of our country’s popular imagination is a deeply Protestant holiday. The New England pilgrims came to the Americas because of their dissent from the state church of England. They may have owed their lives to the assistance of indigenous people, but their celebration owed nothing to […]

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Service: “To End All Wars” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Click here to start at the sermon. There’s an old joke – one of those stereotypes with a grain of truth – which holds that Europe is where they think a hundred miles is a long way, and America is where they think a hundred years is a long time. So here we are, a […]

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Service: “Forethought of Grief” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Click here to start at the sermon. I will not insult anyone in this room by explaining why it is crucial that you vote on Tuesday – if, in fact, you have not already done so. If you have any doubts on the matter, I will be happy to share my thoughts in a private […]

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Service: “Broken Pieces and New Visions” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Click here to start at the sermon. Can I just say right now that I am proud to be a ‘globalist’? When I do a jigsaw puzzle, I start with the border – right? Don’t you? The outside edges contain the rest; once you have those in place, everything else happens within them. The edges […]

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