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…

Clergy Confessional (4)

I use descriptive language to make a living, so when I speak of someone to another person, I describe them – what they look like or talk like – how they walk or their personality. When I say someone is white or black or latino, it is to help the listener know who I am…

Orlando

This is a Facebook conversation that I think shows how many of us feel right about now. It is in response to a picture of me standing next to a rainbow banner that says “God is still speaking” Not sure if that’s still true Steve sorry bro….questioning His Logic in this goddamn (godforsaken?) world….the age…

Love Them

It was about 5 years ago that our congregation became an Open & Affirming (ONA) Congregation. It took 2 years of study, conversation, and much consternation, but we had an 81% yes vote, and we have never looked back. We lost a number of members who could not deal with this official recognition of who…

Clergy Confessional (3)

While we were in Boston this past weekend, Chris and I searched for a church to attend. There was one that was kind of cutting edge that met in the hotel behind ours, but one Sunday a month (that day, in fact) they go out and do good works instead of worshiping. I’m not sure…

Clergy Confessional (2)

Today I want to talk about music in Church. It may be the thing that we as church professionals (I include Directors of Music, Organists, Pianists, etc) get the most complaints about – and I am not talking so much about the quality of the music (although that is very important), but the kind of…

Clergy Confessional (1)

I love what I do – yes, I really do! I have served in ministry for almost 33 years – that sounds longer than it feels to me – and I have met the most wonderful people you could ever imagine. Pastoral ministry, like all work/vocation, has its good and bad parts. There are aspects…