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The Rev. Dr. Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens: Loving Our Enemies Is Our Saving Grace

Luke 6:27-38

7th Sunday after Epiphany - Year C

February 24, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Becca Stevens (TEC)


Walking through the woods in winter, it is easy to spot mistletoe. It sits in splendor on lofty branches high in an elm's canopy. After all the leaves have fallen and the woods have turned to grey, the mistletoe offers white berries and shiny green leaves like a Siren's song to those wandering beneath her. It is no wonder that all kinds of myths and legends have been written about mistletoe. Mysterious and vulnerable, she hovers above in glory offering plenty of room for those of us below her to judge her - both for her beauty and her poison. People have shot mistletoe down with BB guns and climbed dangerously high just to capture her twigs. Bound in ribbon and tied under a doorway, she emboldens those who stand beneath her to await a kiss. One legend declares that the dangerous fruit of mistletoe was used to poison the arrow of an enemy of the goddess of love in order to kill her son. Weeping tears on the deadly arrow, the goddess cast a spell over mistletoe promising all who passed beneath her to be given a kiss.

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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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