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July 17, 2016 “Caught Between Two Worlds”

This Sunday, Pastor Tracy shared her thoughts on the series of violent, hate-fueled attacks that have occurred almost daily since the tragedy in Orlando. She suggests that the common element is always people who are caught between a comfortable world in which they have been endowed with power over others — often by a simple…

July 3, 2016 “Why Me?”

Starting from the familiar story of Moses and the burning bush, Pastor Tracy suggests that we all are presented with similar “burning bush” moments, where we are offered the opportunity to make a difference for the world.  We simply have to recognize them and also understand that God will always provide the support we need…

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.