January 31, 2016
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
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:
Addie Mae Collins
Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd
Ethel Lee Lance
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
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.
February 16, 2015
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.
February 3, 2015
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.