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Sermon: A Place Apart (text)

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister
Last week was Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the season of Lent. The forty days of Lent mirror the forty days and nights that Jesus spent in the desert – or wilderness – before he began to preach and gather disciples, as he traveled toward his eventual arrest and death. Siddhartha Gautama, who became enlightened as Buddha, voluntarily renounced his wealth and power for a life of fasting and holy learning. Click on the title to continue reading.

Sermon: One Shining Moment–Remembering the Christmas Eve Truce (text & audio)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
Testimony from the trenches: “It was a beautiful, moonlit night, frost on the ground, white almost everywhere. And 7 or 8 in the evening there was a lot of commotion in the German trenches, and there were these lights – I don’t know what they were. And they started signing…” Click on the title to continue reading and/or to listen.

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Sermon: Yo, Bear! Facing Fear (text & audio)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
I have a quirky, old VCR tape that’s still a favorite, something I plug into the player – yes, we still have one – about once a year. The film’s called “Defending Your Life.” Anyone else know it?
It appeared back in 1991, written, directed and starred in by a young Albert Brooks, together with Meryl Streep and Rip Torn. It’s one of those existential comedies – full of clever lines while at the same time brooding on the quandaries of existence. OK, yes, just the thing for a minister.Click on the title to continue reading and/or to listen.

Sermon: Hope in the Darkness (text & audio)

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper
How can I possibly begin this sermon? What is there that I could say to you this morning that wouldn’t sound and feel tinny and hollow?

If you didn’t happen to see the enews this week, you may not know that today’s topic has changed. The sermon title is the same, “Hope in the Darkness,” but instead of focusing on the season of Advent, I will be focusing on racism and recent events across the country. Click on the sermon title to continue reading and/or to listen…

Sermon: As You Are Able (audio)

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister
We are in the midst of raising money for the Welcome Project, which will make our facilities more accessible in a number of ways, mostly with concrete physical changes. As we continue to widen our welcome, what does it mean to be inclusive when physical limitations are only one aspect of disability? Click on the title to listen.