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A Prayer for Transgender Day of Remembrance

[Spoken at the 2016 Transgender Day of Remembrance service, Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford, CT] Precious and loving God, You whom we know by many names and none, You who reside in the heart of the so many faiths, the … Continue reading

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Falling: Thoughts on Forgiveness

Forgiveness is our ministry theme for October. This is a sermon about forgiveness. I’ve given it the title, “Falling,” mainly because autumn has come to New England, the leaves are changing and beginning to fall, and I’ve been caught by … Continue reading

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May We Stretch Our Hearts

In this new summer season may we stretch our hearts; may we journey beyond the safety of our well-worn paths, beyond our customs and habits, beyond the comfort of our regular lives.     In this new summer season may … Continue reading

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Call to Worship (for the installation of the Revs. Cathy and Heather Rion Starr)

Because the spirit says do, let us worship together! Because the spirit says sing, let us worship together! Because the spirit says dance, laugh, shout, let us worship together! Because the spirit says grow, build, fashion, shape, create beloved community, … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Our Prisoners (for the Manchester, CT National Day of Prayer Observance)

Precious and loving God: So often the prophets have asked us to remember and care for our prisoners. So often the prophets have implored us to set our prisoners free. Mindful of their timeless message, we pray for our prisoners—the … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Immigration Reform – November 26th, 2013

Holy God: Thank you, thank you, thank you for this day. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the gift of life, for the opportunities we receive each day to live our lives to their fullest, to breath, to move, … Continue reading

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May We Feel 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 … Continue reading

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Rooted, Planted, Grounded (an Earth Day Response to Mass Violence)

There it was again, the phone call. This time it was my father. “Did you see what happened at the Boston Marathon? Turn on the television. It’s awful.” There it was again, that feeling of profound sadness. Tears welling up. … Continue reading

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Boston Tragedy 4-15-13

As I sat down to write my column for the church’s May newsletter, my dad called to tell me about bombs exploding at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Very soon after I learned of a distant relation (my … Continue reading

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Easter Lingers as Spring Arrives

Morning breaks. Blackbird sings. The grass is damp. The garden is wet. Dew moistens everything as the sun rises on early April mornings, announcing, finally, “spring is here.” The warm April sun on our backs; the soft, dark smell of … Continue reading

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