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Faith that’s strong enough to lean on, deep enough to question, challenging enough to change us. Sermons from St. Lydia’s Dinner Church in Brooklyn.

January 31, 2016

Not Sparkly, Not Shiny, Just Light


After Christmas, the decorations are down, the parties are over, and the trees are kicked to the curb. What is there to look forward to in this funny season of "Epiphany," and where is the sparkle and shine?

Jesus turns water into wine at a wedding at Cana, and something is revealed about light and life, without sparkle or shine.
*This podcast was produced with a phone and a laptop in my living room. The sound quality is low but the spiritual value is high!

July 28, 2015

Say Her Name: Sandra Bland and Jephthah’s Daughter

Scholar Phyllis Trible called them "texts of terror:" stories in the Bible that make it difficult to call these texts "sacred."

Maybe the story of Jephthah's daughter has something to teach us about the names of those women we must not forget. 


The names of those we remembered and spoke as a part of this service at St. Lydia's are:
Sandra Bland
Tanisha Anderson
Yvette Smith
Miriam Carey
Shelly Frey
Darnisha Harris
Malissa Williams
Alesia Thomas
Shantel Davis
Rekia Boyd
Shereese Francis
Aiyana Stanley-Jones
Tarika Wilson
Kathryn Johnston
Alberta Spruill
Kendra James
Addie Mae Collins
Denise McNair
Carole Robertson
Cynthia Wesley
Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd
Susie Jackson
Ethel Lee Lance
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
Myra Thompson
Anna Brown
Alberta Spruill
Chuniece Patterson
Eleanor Bumpurs
Tarika Wilson
Shelly Frey

Each of them is an African American woman or girl who was killed as a result of police violence or racial violence. You're invited to chose a name, learn about her story. Then, pray for her family. Pray for change and justice, and ask God to show you how you can best work for it. 

March 9, 2015

You’re Too Much

What does faith look like when we take the nameless woman who poured perfumed oil all over Jesus' head, right in the middle of dinner, as our model?

From a first-century dinner table to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, sometimes faith lived out is the opposite of respectable. 
Coming to you from St. Lydia's, a Dinner Church in Brooklyn.  With music by the talented Rebecca Stevens.  
February 16, 2015

99 Sheep and Affordable Housing

The Gospel of Matthew encourages us to have an old fashioned come-to-Jesus when someone in the church "sins against" us.  But what if it's our law makers, leaders, or business executives who are the ones sinning? When 1% of the world's population is just shy of owning half the world's wealth, can the Gospel of Matthew give us tools for change?

Coming to you from St. Lydia's, a Dinner Church in Brooklyn.  
With music by the talented Rebecca Stevens.
February 3, 2015

Going “Out Into The World” and the Heebie Jeebies

Does Jesus sending the disciples out two by two to share the good news mean that we're all supposed to be going door to door, selling Jesus like traveling salesmen?  Or, to be more gender inclusive, salespersons??
Emily's sermon this week focuses on questions of what it means to be a person of faith "in public" and how we share that faith (or don't) with the world. 

Coming to you from St. Lydia's, a Dinner Church in Brooklyn.  

Music by my heroine, Rebecca Stevens