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Reinventing the Sacred

In his 2008 book Reinventing the Sacred, complexity theorist Stuart A. Kauffman tells an apocryphal story of the invention of the tractor. Portable engines had been invented for the purpose of powering farm machinery in the early 1800s. The question … Continue reading

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Something My Grandfather Seemed to Know About Race and Class

I want to share with you some stories about my father’s father, Stanley J. Pawelek. Grandad Pawelek seemed to know something about race and class that feels extraordinarily important for this moment in American history. He was the oldest of nine … Continue reading

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Living Principles

In my sermon following the election of Donald Trump as United States President, I said “the church is not serving you fully if it is not sending you forth into the world to live your principles proudly, resolutely, urgently, lovingly.” … Continue reading

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Watch Berlin Syndrome (2017) Full Movie Online and Download

Berlin Syndrome (2017) Duration 116 min Genre Thriller. Release May 25, 2017 Cast Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich, Lucie Aron, Emma Bading, Lara Marie Müller, Matthias Russel, Elmira Bahrami, Christoph Franken, Viktor Baschmakov, Mascha Wolf, Nassim Avat. Language English, … Continue reading

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Food Revolution

This sermon is about food and diet. That’s not exactly a trigger warning, but the 15 people who purchased this sermon at last year’s goods and services auction and asked me to preach on the rationale for veganism—or plant-based diets—probably … Continue reading

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Are You Politically Correct?

I begin with a trigger warning. If you are a person who is triggered by the concept of trigger warnings, be forewarned: In general I support trigger warnings—in academia, and in sermons. Also, a further trigger warning: if you think … Continue reading

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Big ‘B’ Belonging and Huge ‘H’ Helping

The 2016-2017 congregational year is beginning. I am excited for what I expect will be a very normal year. Wait, what? Normal? Who wants a normal year in ministry? Here’s what I mean. Ever since we completed our building project … Continue reading

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When Seeing Isn’t Believing (redux)

I question the definition of religion that begins with belief. To begin with belief—to assume from the beginning that religion requires belief—limits the scope of the religious life too sharply.  I welcome the definition of religion that begins with discernment … Continue reading

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On the Art of Being Lost

“Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.”[1] These words from the Transcendentalist writer Henry … Continue reading

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Sexism: Still Way Too Normal

Two phenomena—women’s basic economic inequality and widespread sexual violence against women—should surprise nobody. They are well-documented and receive considerable media attention. For every dollar men earn in the United States, women on average earn 79 cents.[1] In 2012 18.3% of … Continue reading

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