Spirited Wednesday


Zeal for Our Democracy

2/28/2018

"If you are like me, you’re feeling pretty powerless." — Rev. Frank Basler

No Turning Back, No Turning Back

2/21/2018

"Sometimes it’s really hard to follow Jesus." —Rev. Rachel Beam

It's Time

2/14/2018

"Entering the Lenten season together, we’d do well to remember God’s covenant of belonging." — Rev. Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager

Transfigured

2/7/2018

"How many times, in how many people, do we meet Jesus again?" — Rev. Larissa Forsythe

Woe To Me

1/31/2018

"I have had this epiphany… which has led to a confession." — Rev. Candace Whitman

If The Sackcloth Fits, Wear It

1/24/2018

"Nationality does not matter. What counts is openness to God, and receptivity to the word of truth." — Rev. Stephen Finlan

Flat-Out Awesome!

1/17/2018

“Imagine neighbors who are incredulous because we care enough for them that they can let go of even some of what torments them: scarcity, feeling judged (and so on). Flat-out awesome.” — Rev. Erick Olsen

Change The Channel

1/10/2018

"Focusing on what you don’t want only gives it more power; and it doesn’t tell anyone what you do want." —Rev. Cheryl Anderson

Water Power

1/3/2018

"The waters of baptism often look placid." —Rev. John Nelson

Encounter Chaos

12/27/2017

"The world is in chaos. But when has it not been so?...If we are honest, there is also chaos in ourselves." —Rev. Sidat Balgobin

Hope Does Not Disappoint

12/20/2017

"There is no guarantee for a life without hardship and challenge, but we do get reassurance of God’s abiding love, amazing grace and light to show the way. " —Rev. Kate VanDerzee-Glidden

The Joy of Special Friendships

12/13/2017

"In times of trial and tribulation, there is nothing better than a trusted friend," —Rev. Diann Bailey

With God In Hope

12/6/2017

"We are called to be voices for justice to be sure." —Kevin Williams

Counter-Culture

11/29/2017

"December comes differently when it comes as Advent." — Rev. Brenda Pelc-Faszcza

Feed them Justice, sin vergüenza…

11/22/2017

"The call for justice is sounding loudly." — Rev. Elivette (Elly) Mendez Angulo

Be Prepared

11/15/2017

"Don’t get caught unaware! Don’t let it sneak up on you! Be prepared!" —Rev. Jonathan Chapman

Poking Assumptions

11/8/2017

"All this – poking at my soft and tender places, calling me to consider ideas about God’s realm that challenge my assumptions – makes me wonder whether we mean it when we pray, ‘thy kingdom come.’" —Rev. Nicolette Siragusa

Humble

11/1/2017

"Our humble, ordinary lives can be the instruments of God's glory and grace." —Rev. Tim Haut

Jesus the Gender Bender

11/1/2017

"Look to the margins of your church, the margins of your community... We have a message to share with them." —Rev. Jack Shackles Jr.

Depleted [not] and Defeated [never]

10/18/2017

"Will you remain with us as we rebuild our hearts, heal our emotions and regain control of who we are in you or not?" — Rev. Dr. Maritza Angulo de González

Practicing Praise Rather than Complaint

10/11/2017

"The method doesn't really matter as long the heart of the one who worships gives praise to God." — Rev. Bradley Bergfalk

Stillspeaking in the Face of Not Normal Violence

10/4/2017

"Or is it the new normal? And if we don’t want it to be, what can we even do about it?" —Rev. Kristen Provost Switzer

The Larger Point

9/27/2017

"Time and time again, we are reminded that the moral questions of these days demand a principled response from each of us." — Rev. Max Grant

God's Generous Grace

9/20/2017

"God is perhaps not always fair, but God is always generous." — Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals

Forgive

9/13/2017

"Forgiveness is painful and difficult work." — Rev. Rachel Beam

Love and Listening

9/6/2017

"Deep listening isn’t magic." —Rev. Todd Grant Yonkman

The Cost of Discipleship

8/30/2017

"Each period in history requires those of us who follow Jesus to consider the cost of discipleship." —Rev. Bob LaRochelle

Love One Another

8/23/2017

"How we respond might be the most important task we complete in our lives." —Rev. Zack Mabe

Both Sides of the Jungle Gym

8/16/2017

An insulting reminder that we are never abandoned on the playgrounds of life. — Rev. Jeff Gallagher

To Teach The Elders Wisdom...

8/9/2017

"We fear aging on an almost psychotic level. Hopefully, that is changing." — Rev. SaraJane Munshower

Time To Encounter

8/2/2017

"Have you been surprised???? Or are you hungry and thirsty for an encounter with God." — Rev. Lee Ireland

Baseline Kindness

7/26/2017

"When we find the love of God, we are enriched beyond belief." —Rev. Mary Lou Howson

Road Trips and God-Sightings

7/19/2017

"Maybe we have more God-sightings on road trips simply because that’s when we’re actually paying attention." —Rev. Alison Buttrick Patton

Majesty of God's Rain/Reign!!

7/12/2017

"God’s purpose is accomplished as an 'everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.'" —Rev. Nina Barlow Schmid

(G)RACE

7/5/2017

“I believe that the Holy Spirit is moving in our midst to unmask, dismantle, and eradicate the sin and separation of racism from our hearts, our communities, our institutions, our culture, and our world.” — Rev. Jocelyn Gardner Spencer

Welcome!

6/28/2017

"Hospitality isn’t rocket science. We need to extend human kindness and courtesy to all of God’s people." — Rev. Sue Foster

Conflict Is

6/21/2017

"Living faithfully means there will be conflict." —Rev. Shepard Parsons

Extravagant Welcome Along The Way

6/14/2017

"With each step, we become brothers and sisters. . . hand in hand. . . way of the pilgrims." —Rev. Allie Perry

And They'll Know We Are Christians

6/7/2017

"Looking at us, God’s transforming love should be as clear as day — as visible even as a rainbow vest." —Rev. Max Grant

Spirit on the Loose!

5/31/2017

“Some fifty days after the worst day of their lives, a tiny band of Jesus’ followers became so infused with a fiery and transforming reality that the world around them would never be the same.” — Rev. Matt Crebbin

As We Are One

5/24/2017

"To be one as God and Jesus are one is a remarkable image." — Rev. Susan Izard

An Open Mind

5/17/2017

"God is found where we meet together and share." —Rev. Mobby Larson

Perspective On Prosperity

5/10/2017

"This account of the first Christian martyr is a story of courage and grace, of faithfulness and strength." — Rev. Paul Bryant-Smith

Radical Inclusion

5/3/2017

"It is not gender neutral, race-neutral language I hunger for; not mere inclusion in the story. But radical inclusion." — Rev. Lindsey Peterson

Encounter

4/26/2017

"Imagine you and a friend were in deep in conversation and Jesus joined you." — Rev. Frank Basler

Easter In the Streets

4/19/2017

“Sure, we who follow Christ will wind up in strange places and likely with scars of our own. But if the choice is between that and fear behind closed doors, I’m hitting the streets on a quest for real peace.” — Rev. Erick Olsen

We Are All Accepted

4/12/2017

"It is human nature to want to set conditions on the unconditional love of God." — Rev. Cheryl Anderson

Hosannas and Horror

4/5/2017

"Hosanna means help. 'Save, we pray!'" — Rev. John Nelson

Called

3/29/2017

"The world needs us - our love, our courage, our passion, our striving for justice and our intellect." —Rev. Sidat Balgobin

Always With Us

3/22/2017

"Don’t we all need to be reminded that God is with us and that we are loved?" — Rev. Kate VanDerzee-Glidden

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