A Prayer from the Cleft of the Rock

Don’t go by us too quickly, God in motion, give us a sense of your shape even if just in shadows.   Don’t move away from us too swiftly, Divine dancer, set for us the rhythm of your movement to follow you.   Don’t drive away too fast, Spirit passing through, assure us of your…

The Uncharted Way

I rely heavily on my GPS. Even though I have driven to and from work countless times by way of Lakeshore Drive and HWY 290, hearing those clear directions and upcoming road conditions is just one less thing I need to worry about on my commute. Most people who ride with me in the car…

Sacred Space

Last Saturday my wife Jessica, my dog Zeke and I spent a day at the Morton Arboretum. Four times a year the arboretum allows dogs to spend the day roaming the trails and we take full advantage of it when it rolls around. The day was perfect. The trees danced in the wind as if…

White Privilege Glasses

A few weeks ago, over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, my family and I went and visited the DuSable Museum of African American History. As we were walking into a room that marked the history of the Jim Crow era and racial segregation, we came upon two mothers explaining to each of their sons what…

Listening with our Whole Selves

I’ve recently started taking yoga classes as a part of my practice of self-care. I did it with the intention to center myself and allow my body, mind and spirit to catch up with themselves when at times it has become increasingly harder to do that work on my own. Maybe you know what this…

The Gospel According to Bob Dylan

When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing. 35And the people stood by,…

Shall We Dance?

Our scripture this morning comes from Matthew 28:16-20. It’s the familiar passage of Jesus’ charge to the disciples… what is familiarly called “The Great Commission.” Sending them out into the world to spread the Good News, and to baptize new followers into the faith. But it is also the only time in the Gospels where…

Growing Together

1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Every week I meet over a cup of coffee with different members of this church and the larger community to hear stories and questions about where the Holy Spirit is calling them and their gifts to engage in the world. It’s the best and my most favorite part of this holy work…

Spirit of Brokenness

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 Romans 8:1-11 You might have noticed the broken pottery on our communion table this morning, which I’m here to tell you is supposed to be there. Someone actually came running up to me before worship to tell me that the vase I had put on the table had been broken and asked…

This is a Test

Genesis 22:1-14, 19 I don’t know about you, but this scripture passage makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up straight. These are indeed some of the most startling and disturbing words in the Bible: “‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah,…

El Roi Prayers of the People

El-Roi— the one who sees, Holy witness to our past, Observer of the now, Great envisioner of our very future, Like a new parent or caregiver, God you never take your eyes off of us, not for one moment. Anticipating what new thing that it is that we might do next. There in the wings…

“I’m Coming Out!”-God-

Here are my reflections on this National Coming Out Day: I remember when I first heard the word queer. I was in sixth grade playing foursquare at recess. The new kid Bobby came over to play with us and one of the kids in the game stopped him from coming into the square by hurling aloud:…