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The Rev. Maxwell Grant The Rev. Maxwell Grant is the senior minister of Second Congregational United Church of Christ in Greenwich, CT.

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The Rev. Maxwell Grant

United Church of Christ

Second Congregational Church UCC, Greenwich, CT

 

The Rev. Maxwell Grant has been the Senior Minister at Second Congregational Church UCC (2CC) since February 2012.

He is a 2006 graduate of Yale Divinity School, where he was awarded the Mersick Prize for Preaching, and he was ordained in June 2007. Most recently, he was the Pastor of Community Church of the Pelhams, UCC, in Pelham, NY, and the Chair of the Executive Committee of the New York Conference of the UCC.

Max has also served as the Chaplain for Pediatrics and Obstetrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT, and as School Chaplain and Religion Department Head at Collegiate School, an independent day school in New York City.

He has preached at Marble Collegiate and West End Collegiate churches in Manhattan, the Chautauqua Institution, Larchmont Avenue Presbyterian Church in Larchmont, NY, and at UCC churches throughout Litchfield County, Connecticut.  

Max's interests include reading, walking, and American history.  Max's wife, Liz Perry, is an independent school administrator.  Max and Liz have two daughters, Grace and Emily.

 

 


Latest Content by The Rev. Maxwell Grant

The Rev. Maxwell Grant

Maxwell Grant: Beyond the Panic Room

Ephesians 6:10-20

14th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

August 26, 2018

The Rev. Maxwell Grant (UCC)

 

A few years ago, I received a letter at the parsonage where I live with my family. It was on heavy paper - even heavier than the kind they use to tell you that you've been accepted to college. It almost declared its own momentousness, that paper. In fact, for a moment, I wondered if someone had left the church a big bequest in their will, and I worried that someone had died and I hadn't written them a note. But it turned out not to be that.

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The Rev. Maxwell Grant

Maxwell Grant: "Precarious Wisdom"

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14

13th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

August 19, 2018

The Rev. Maxwell Grant (UCC)

 

Let me begin by admitting that it's a little bit of a tall order for a preacher to try saying something new about "wisdom."

There's a certain school of thought that says, if it's new, well then by definition, it can't be wisdom. Wisdom is timeless - the very opposite of new. It isn't simply that wisdom "offers perspective," wisdom is perspective. It's an animating power in its own right. It's not a particular set of facts - if you just learn this or that, well then there you go: you've got wisdom. Wisdom is more like a way of knowing.

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Other Recent Content by The Rev. Maxwell Grant

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January 11, 2015

Torn Open, By God

The Rev. Maxwell Grant (UCC)

As the church observes the Baptism of the Lord, Max Grant points out that in Mark's gospel, the heavens are 'torn open' for the dove to descend on Jesus, which tells us that the baptism of Jesus is clearly a radical act--God has committed the act of breaking and entering into the world. And if we take our baptism seriously, it might just tear open our own lives.
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January 04, 2015

The Troubling Star

The Rev. Maxwell Grant (UCC)

In his Epiphany sermon, Max Grant points out something ominous about the Christmas star--there's no telling what might happen. Whatever our fears may be, the story of the Magi reminds us that we can live our lives in a new light.

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December 22, 2013

Expecting Christmas

The Rev. Maxwell Grant (UCC)

Christmas may be a time of tremendous, and exhausting, expectations, and yet in his sermon for the 4th Sunday of Advent, the Rev. Max Grant says the season of Advent seems full of counter-cultural potential, because these weeks help us imagine a different way of preparing for the birth of Jesus, one that can't be rushed or shoe-horned in between trips to the mall. We can see the world with new eyes, as Joseph did.
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December 15, 2013

Looking for Christmas?

The Rev. Maxwell Grant (UCC)

In his sermon for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, the Rev. Max Grant notes that in Matthew 11, Jesus asks the crowd three times what they are looking for. Sometimes we may not even be aware of what we're looking for or hoping for, but Advent can help us answer that question for ourselves.