Sacred Objects: Gift-Giving

The sacredness of gift-giving does not come naturally to me. One holiday season when I was a child, my mother and I went to visit a friend of hers. Mom entrusted me with the role of carrying the gift she was bringing, and of physically handing it off. As soon as we got in the […]

This morning’s worship on the theme of “Embrace Uncertainty” is the first service in a series entitled “In the Mystery of the Hour”. We’ll be singing “Gathered Here” wrapped around a quote near the top of each of our services, which is very special to me because that was the sung invocation at my home […]

Listening by Rev. Jonathan Rogers

(Gratitude for Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Ellen Page and all the many survivors who have spoken and written publicly about sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexual violence they have survived, and that finally they are being listened to and believed; YES! It has been far too long in coming, I hope that we […]

*Put on Spider-Man mask* Guilt is one of my least favorite emotions. It lives in my upper back, under my shoulder blades, and in my face and neck, just behind my jaw. It draws me in on myself, making me not only metaphorically defensive but literally putting me in a hunkered-down, defensive physical stance. I’m […]

In this series on superheroes and emotional intelligence, today we address Wolverine and endless rumination. Because this is also our high holy days service, it will likely be the only one where we don’t show clips from a superhero movie. We’ll have to make do with a music director who is a Wolverine, and also […]