SERMON: Into the Wilderness
I remember a moment, about twenty-five years ago, driving home from college on spring break with my friend Rob. We were heading east on Interstate 80, late in the day, crossing through the Delaware Water Gap where the Delaware River cuts through a ridge in the Appalachian. The sun was setting. Dark shadows lengthened across the thickly forested, low-lying mountains. I’ve been to more remote areas, but at that moment, for whatever reason, it felt pretty remote. I made some remark about the wilderness, how one could disappear into it—into those dark hills. I don’t remember his exact words, but Rob responded that the wilderness around us is connected to the wilderness within us. Continue reading….
PRAYER FOR PRIDE
On this beautiful late spring weekend, as people around the nation begin celebrating pride for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people, let’s pause. Let’s fill our lungs with the fresh morning air. Let’s rest in the embrace of this beloved community. Let’s rest in the embrace of all we hold Sacred. In the holy quiet of this moment let us contemplate our deepest sense of self. Let us contemplate who we feel called to be in the core of our being, how we feel called to present ourselves to the world, and how we feel called to love. Continue reading….