Monthly Archives: June 2014

Seeking Caesura (text & audio)

Elizabeth Schell, Guest Speaker
What my professor was trying to get across, besides obviously really having enjoyed the opening scene to Jaws, was how the poet’s use of a caesura intensified the focus within the poem. A lovely little poetic device, the “caesura.” It’s basically a complete pause in a line of poetry. Sometimes it just adds a breath to the poem, but it can also signal a significant shift in the feeling or narrative. Caesuras are most dramatic when they fall in the middle of a line and break the rhythm. Click on the sermon title to continue reading and/or to listen.

Bouncing Back (text & audio)

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister
Earlier this week, there was a group of preschoolers in Sandburg hall practicing for their graduation ceremony. You know what that means? It’s summertime! Which means vacation. Break time. Relaxation. Click on the sermon title to continue reading and/or to listen.

The Lasso of Truth (text & audio)

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister
A few months ago, I was at my uncle-in-law’s funeral, and I was on double spouse duty. I was the funeral officiant’s spouse, as well as the spouse of a close relative of the deceased. As such, I was very intentionally a background player — I paid attention to what was needed and I tried to make it happen if I could. Water for Cindy’s aunt. I moved the truck when we learned it was parked in the wrong place. General support. Click on the title to continue reading and/or to listen to the sermon.

Refulgent – Still! (text & audio)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
It was on an April morning 10 years ago that this congregation gathered to get its first look at this middle-aged seminary graduate who your search committee was proposing be called as your next settled minister. As I had prepared for that service, I learned from the chair of your search committee, Linda Bair, that there was much amusement in the congregation at the rather hifalutin word that I had tossed into the title of my sermon, “This Refulgent Moment.” Oh, boy! What does this guy have in mind? Click on the title to continue reading and/or to listen to the sermon.