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January 18, 2015 “Devine In-Sight”

Pepper Swanson is a recent graduate of Pacific School of Religion and is currently a candidate for ordination in the UCC.  In this sermon she examined one of the most often-quoted passages in the Bible  (Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18) in light of the high incidence of loneliness in today’s world and our need to feel…

January 11, 2015 “Ancient Tradition, New Rivers”

Pastor Tracy examines the wealth of symbolism from prophecies about the Messiah found in the story of Christ’s Baptism. She also connects that story to the Orthodox Jewish tradition of a ritual bath shared by a bride-to-be and her future mother-in-law.  She finds that ancient ritual surprisingly relevant to our lives today.

January 4, 2015 “What the Wise Men Knew”

Pastor Tracy continues her exploration of the parallels between the issues and players at the time of Jesus’s birth and today’s social justice concerns.  For Epiphany Sunday she discussed the three Wise Men – – what they knew about hope, justice for all the people and  the transformative leadership needed to challenge Roman power.  She then asks…

December 28, 2014 – “Light in the Darkness”

Pastor Tracy explores the description of the Nativity in John, with metaphors of “Light,” “the Word” and “Life.”  Not only is it a very intentional parallel to the language of Genesis and Exodus, it also contains a profound message about the gift of Grace.  She illustrated this with a live ballroom dancing lesson in the…

December 7, 2014 “Light for Revelation”

In the second of two sermons on race and society, Pastor Tracy explores idea that the majority population unthinkingly enjoys all sort of privileges that are not extended to minorities  – –  a position that has been captured by the new catch-phrase “Criming while white.”  She notes that conditions were just the same in Israel 2000 years…

November 30, 2014 “A New Dawn’s Light”

On this first Sunday of Advent, Pastor Tracy took a hard look at the state of race relations in our country, as reflected in this week’s headlines from Ferguson, MO. She explored the deep parallels between the condition of Jews in Israel under the Roman Empire and the challenges faced daily by Americans of color.…

November 23, 2014 “Under God’s Wings”

In the second of two sermons exploring the Book of Ruth, Pastor Tracy notes the parallels between this ancient story and the experience of refugees and immigrants today: both then and now the friendship and material support these newcomers need comes through the choices and actions of people like us.

November 9, 2014 “Dazzling Blindness”

For our Veterans Day service, Pastor Tracy explored one of the most unusual war stories in the Old Testament. In the story of Elisha and the Arameans, the usual violence was replaced by insightful peace-making, in part because Elisha saw war through the eyes of the ordinary soldiers.