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June 19, 2016 “The Kids ARE Listening”

For Fathers’ Day, Pastor Tracy draws some lessons on parenting from three sources: 1) Tobit’s advice to his son (from the Apocrypha),  2) Her relationship with her own grandfather, and 3) a scary, revealing and — ultimately — gratifying adventure in the Emergency Room with her own young daughter.

May 15, 2016 “Talking About God in your Mother Tongue”

On Pentecost, Pastor Tracy addressed one of the biggest challenges facing progressive Christians: discussing our faith with others.  (We tend to think that’s for more conservative, fundamentalist denominations.)  However, finding the courage to be vulnerable and to start an authentic discussion about what we believe can be a breakthrough to building a more vital, growing…

May 1, 2016 “Bread for the World”

“When I give bread to the poor, they call me a Saint . . . . . . when I ask why the poor have no bread, they call me a Communist.” Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917 – 1980) To mark our annual letter-writing campaign for Bread for the World, Pastor Tracy explored the instructions from…

April 10, 2016 “Open My Eyes”

The story of Paul’s conversion (Acts 9:1-22) is Pastor Tracy’s starting point for an exploration of the nature of grace. Nothing about his change of heart can be explained by logic or external circumstances. It was grace in its purest form. She also illustrates her point with an ancient Zen parable.

April 3, 2016 “Receive the Holy Spirit”

Preaching from the familiar story of Jesus appearing before the Apostles, Pastor Tracy notes that we all have Thomas’s doubts.  Drawing on a very personal story of having once been a prisoner of her own fears and doubts. she points out that the Holy Spirit seldom appears in a form we expect, and that the…

Easter 2016 “Never the Final Word”

“Never put a period where God has placed a comma”  Gracie Allen In her Easter sermon, Pastor Tracy reminds us that the resurrection of Jesus is not the only story in the Bible of someone being raised from the dead, and that in all of them, the critical question is not “How?” but “Why?” Every…

March 6, 2016 “GPS and JPS”

How do we orient ourselves . . .  how do we find a direction . . .  when we have been thrust into new circumstances or our comfortable world has fallen apart? Pastor Tracy suggests that this is the meaning of one of the more enigmatic stories in the New Testament (Luke 17:11-19.) It’s also…