In whom or in what do you put your trust? As I frame this, I want to make it clear that I support a Palestinian state, and the Palestinian’s right to their land, and at the same time, I seek meaning and salvation in the theological definition of the word “Israel.” The Old Testament tells […]

A passage from Alice Hoffman’s book called Here on Earth has been working its way through my heart lately. The book’s main character is returning to the town she grew up in. On the way to her old house which she hasn’t seen for twenty years, she drives by a stone wall, and a memory […]

Welcome to the apocalypse, says Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber.  Here we are. In the revelation. The uncovering. The crumbling of dominant powers.  The dominance of the North America as a diplomatic and economic superpower appears to be deteriorating.  Our fragile democratic institutions are coming apart at the seams, rife with corruption, fascist ambitions, and a misanthropic […]

From the psychology department of the University of Arizona comes a study about happiness and the role that big talk, as opposed to small talk, plays. When we get all existential with each other—when we deep dive into conversations about things that frighten us to death, or perplex us, or things we are enthusiastic about […]

Here we are, and by “here” I mean The Mystery. That’s what “here” means in the largest of senses. Mystery calls us forth, to be changed in ways we cannot now predict. Mystery calls us forth, to bring life and hope to people we serve. The Mystery that is our congregation is a 136-year-old story […]