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The Rev. Susan Crowell

Susan Crowell: The Transformative Power of Grace

Romans 12:1-8

12th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

August 27, 2017

The Rev. Susan Crowell (ELCA)

 

When I was fifteen years old, I began working at a little country restaurant in a neighboring town. I wore a gingham apron with matching kerchief to cover my hair and I spent the evenings refilling tea and water glasses, visiting with the dinner guests, and taking care of their needs. I loved the job, and I thought that I was pretty good at it. Everything changed when the manager informed me that the girl who was hired to wash dishes wanted to work out front and that the two of us would be alternating our jobs every other day. I was to wash dishes? Something I didn't even do at home! I was appalled at the perceived injustice. Because I could not stand the thought of washing dishes for five hours each evening, I quit.

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The Rev. Rob Lee

Rob Lee: Nevertheless, She Persisted

Matthew 15:21-28

11th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

August 20, 2017

The Rev. Robert Lee (UCC)

 

I am surrounded by strong and empowered women. My grandmother was president of the North Carolina Garden Club and has mingled with the likes of British royalty. My mom has her doctorate in nursing practice and my wife Stephanie is a force to be reckoned with in her own right. One of my closest friends is a woman named Palmer, who I'm certain be bishop as soon as she's out of seminary. All these women have shown me that while I may not always fully understand the persistence that women have to have in a patriarchal world, I can nonetheless appreciate and learn from it. The persistence of women through the ages in spite of men getting in the way is no surprise to me in today's Gospel text. What is surprising to me is Jesus' initial response to the persistent and empowered Canaanite woman in our narrative today.

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The Rev. Dr. Monty Knight Transcript

August 13, 2017

Monty Knight: The Sacred Sound of Silence

The Rev. Dr. Monty Knight (CC(DC))

Based on the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19, Dr. Monty Knight says we can learn much about ourselves and our lives in the gentle silence of God’s presence. The truly sacred more often finds us than we can find it.
The Rev. Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart: Only One Sin: Exceptionalism

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

The Rev. Gordon Stewart offers an audio essay reflecting on the story of Dr. Kosuke Koyama and Hiroshima Day, August 6, the day the bomb was dropped.

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August 06, 2017

Barbara Lundblad: Who Will Feed Them? You.

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad (ELCA)

In the second of a two-part update to the Day1 Faith & Global Hunger series, Barbara Lundblad says the feeding of the 5,000 is a powerful story in a number of ways. The disciples offered a thoughtful, even compassionate idea for making sure all the people had something to eat. But Jesus had another idea.
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July 30, 2017

David Beckmann: How God Can Use Us to End Hunger

The Rev. David Beckmann (ELCA)

In the first of a two-part update to the Day1 Faith & Global Hunger series, David Beckmann says God uses little things to do big things. And so it is possible to end hunger in our country and around the world. But the church must get to work.
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July 23, 2017

Susannah Davis: To Weed or Not to Weed

The Rev. Susannah Davis (UCC)

Jesus explains in his parable of the weeds and wheat that we live in a world of both the good and the bad, and it can be frustrating. We've all got weeds in us, and thankfully we have some wheat in us too, all intertwined and growing together, connected to one another, in the soil of God's heart and love, in this world where, for now, we are planted.
The Rev. Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart: Stillness at Blue Spring

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

The Rev. Gordon Stewart reflects on manatees, Blue Springs State Park in Florida.

The Rev. Joe Evans Transcript

July 16, 2017

Joe Evans: More Than a Moral Lesson

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

We Christians know all about stories with morals, says the Rev. Joe Evans. But the story in Genesis 25 messes that up. Neither Esau nor Jacob is blameless. But the real lesson they give us is that we, like they, do not belong to our pasts, our great failures, our tragic disappointments, or foolhardy choices. For we belong to Christ.
The Rev. Joe Evans Transcript

July 09, 2017

Joe Evans: The Invitation

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

There is a major difference between the two men described in 2 Samuel 11 and Song of Solomon 2: the gallant young lover, and King David, who uses his power in evil ways. Love is initiated by an invitation, an offer that in the hands of the invitee is a choice. It's risky, but that's how it's supposed to work.