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The Rev. Elizabeth Goodman The Rev. Elizabeth Goodman is pastor of Monterey United Church of Christ in Monterey, MA and the author of "Breaking and Entering: Unexpected Sermons for an Unfinished World."

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The Rev. Elizabeth Goodman

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Monterey United Church of Christ, Monterey, MA

The Rev. Liz Goodman has been pastor of the Monterey United Church of Christ as the only staff member since 2001.

A lifelong member of the United Church of Christ, raised on the seacoast of New Hampshire, Liz was educated for ministry at the Divinity School at Harvard, is a contributor to Journal for Preachers, and has a collection of sermons published by Wipf & Stock Press entitled 'Breaking and Entering: Unexpected Sermons for an Unfinished World.' 

Liz lives in Lenox, Massachusetts, three towns away from Monterey, with her husband, Jesse, who is a psychotherapist in private practice and the consulting psychiatrist at Gould Farm, and with their two sons, Tobias and Jack.

In her free time, she walks her three dogs, rows and competes in regattas, writes short stories, reads important books, watches unimportant TV shows, and listens to frivolous music.


Latest Content by The Rev. Elizabeth Goodman

The Rev. Elizabeth Goodman

Liz Goodman: Full Circle

John 11:1-45

5th Sunday in Lent - Year A

April 02, 2017

The Rev. Elizabeth Goodman (UCC)

 

I received the gospel in a nutshell once, or what someone felt was the gospel. It was literally in a nutshell, though the shell was now emptied of its nut, was stuffed with a slip of paper with a verse from scripture on it. It had been a youth group activity with an aim for evangelism. The members of the group had been told to choose their favorite Bible verse, to write it on a slip of paper, and then to stuff it into an emptied nutshell. I imagine it was a painstaking process. But (I have to be honest) it was lost on me. I just don't think you can fit the gospel in a nutshell, even figuratively; I just don't think you can adequately sum it all up. Holding the open shell in my one hand and the slip of paper in my other, I thought of Jesus telling people, "Come and see." Not a summation but an invitation, not an abstract but an expanse: come and see.

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