Let’s start this sermon in the Birmingham Jail, with Dr. King. It’s 1963, and he’s talking to his white jailers. “[W]e got down one day,” he says, “to talk about where they lived, and how much they were earning. And when those brothers told me what they were earning, I said, ‘Now, you know what? […]

It’s been said that the iconic dress of the existentialist is the black turtleneck Let’s go with that. Imagine that one of the most famous existentialists of them all, Jean-Paul Sartre, is here with us. Wearing the black turtleneck (perhaps a French beret), he’s only five feet high. He’s round-shouldered, with downturned lips, big ears, […]

RuPaul on The View (Mar 9th, 2015) HOMILY: “God in Drag” If you think that drag is just about a man wearing false eyelashes and a pussycat wig, or it’s just a woman wearing a pair of glued-on sideburns and an Elvis jumpsuit, then you have not heard the Gospel of RuPaul. If you’re a […]

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, it means literally “head of the year” in Hebrew, and after the service we will invite folks in the social hall to eat apples dipped in honey, which is a symbol intended to invoke “a sweet new year.”  Rosh Hashanah also marks the beginning of the High Holy […]

Did you know that, in ancient mid-East society, where Israel lay, it was common for military men to establish deep and faithful friendships with each other—friendships which were so deep that, in truth, the men were lovers? Did you know that, in the ancient society out of which our Hebrew Bible emerged, women had […]