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Jessica Christy

Jessica Christy: "But They Covered Their Ears"

Acts 7:55-60

5th Sunday of Easter - Year A

May 14, 2017

Jessica Christy (ELCA)


Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

It's such a joy and a privilege to be here with you on Day1 Radio because I'm a big fan of radio broadcasts myself.  And one show that has particularly been enriching my life lately is National Public Radio's IndivisibleIndivisible a national call-in show that's trying to take stock of people's hopes and fears for this country in the first hundred days of the new presidential administration.  One of the show's goals is to try to find ways for people with different political views to just talk to each other again after an ugly election.  The conversations often demonstrate how difficult that goal is. In one episode, the host invited people to call in with a question that they wanted to ask someone on the other side of the aisle -- republicans with a question for democrats, democrats with a question for republicans.  But this wasn't supposed to be the kind of accusing question that we normally hurl at each other when we get to talking politics.  The host framed this as an opportunity to ask a genuine question, an open-minded question.  Something you could ask another person in good faith, and which they could actually answer.  A good question was about giving yourself a chance to listen, not about giving yourself a chance to speak.

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The Rev. Chase Peeples

Imperfect Community

Luke 7:1-10

2nd Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

May 29, 2016

The Rev. Chase Peeples (UCC)


Do you know your neighbors?  It's a question I've been thinking a lot about lately, because I don't know mine. I suspect a big reason I don't know the people living next door to me is that I'm too busy looking at my smart phone to notice them. 

Our technology allows us to retreat into an artificial world where everyone thinks the same and shares the same beliefs. Our self-selected sources of news and friends on social media can give us a false sense of community. When we look up from our screens, however, to take note of the Black Lives Matter movement, the on-going fights over LGBTQ equality and the battle over immigration, we discover that we are a culture divided on many fronts. We are afraid of one another. Personally, I think it is much easier to go back to looking at my phone. That way I don't have to deal with anyone who will really challenge my worldview.

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The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler (TEC)

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Foolish Wisdom

The Rev. Brian Cole (TEC)

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The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. Transcript

January 23, 2011

What Are We Doing Here?

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. (UCC)

The Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith takes a look at a common and distressing situation in churches today: division. But the Apostle Paul had to deal with the same problem in Corinth. What can we learn from his experience?