Clergy Confessional (11)

https://www.facebook.com/AWMFaith/videos/1811883935757875/ This is the kind of nonsense that makes me crazy (as a Christian and an American). This video is offensive in a number of ways: 1 – The idea that we need to put Jesus back (because we have had a black, secret Muslim president for 8 years?) in the White House assumes that…

Clergy Confessional (10)

In 1995 I was serving as the part-time chaplain at Albright College, and was hired (at what was probably minimum wage) to be the Head Coach of the wrestling program. I was also the assistant coach, water boy, and everything else (except for the trainer – we had great student trainers!). The local paper caught…

Clergy Confessional (9)

I admit it – when it comes to how I dress, I tend to be pretty conservative. I think we should stay well covered up, and be especially concerned about how children are dressed. I come to this topic for a number of reasons. Reason 1 – I attended a wonderful concert last week –…

Clergy Confessional (8)

It happened again – somebody on Facebook who does not know what I do for a living apologized for using profanity. It isn’t that I mind the apology – I think it is very sweet that someone would be concerned enough about my delicate constitution to feel guilty about using bad language. But really, my…

Living in a death-denying culture

I am sitting in my office at church preparing for another funeral. At this point in my life, I feel old every time someone asks me how long I have been in ministry (32 years!), and I think about the many touchpoints in people’s lives I have been involved in over the years – baptisms,…

Clergy Confessional (7)

Here are some things you should know about the clergy – I speak only for myself, but I think lots of others feel this way. 1 – When you leave the church, it hurts us personally. Even when I have disagreed with members, I have still appreciated them and cared deeply for them. Religious institutions…

From Mourning to Morning

I had the privilege of singing in a community choir on September 11th at Immanual UCC in Shillington. For 7 years IUCC has been nurturing a relationship with the Islamic Center of Reading, and this was a co-sponsored worship service. My congregation, Calvary UCC, works with a number of faith communities, but not with the…

Clergy Confessional (6)

After the mass shooting in Orlando, our congregation decided to hang our rainbow banner on the fence next to our Sanctuary. It hung there until we needed it for the Pride celebration in the park near us, then we put it back up. A week later, it was gone, cut down in an act of…

Clergy Confession (5)

OK – I will admit to a guilty pleasure – I like action movies. I love any martial arts movie, the “Fast & Furious” series, and “Game of Thrones”. This year I started watching the show, “Preacher” because, well, I like the title. I do not advise that you go out and watch it if…

We are not enemies

I’ve heard it said by many people, so this is not a new idea – you can be pro-police and pro-black lives matter. We are not enemies, and that is what is causing us so much distress. Yes – there are some police who should never touch a gun, and they are sometimes protected by…