Talking about Politics and Sexuality at Church

This November, Minnesota voters will have the chance to accept or reject a proposed state constitutional amendment that would write a definition of marriage into the state constitution. Understanding the sensitivities that arise when talking in the church about either politics or sexuality – let alone both! – I shared the following letter in my congregation’s AugustContinue reading “Talking about Politics and Sexuality at Church”

It’s a Matter of Equality

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost July 1, 2012 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 (Common English Bible) Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come. Amen. Saint Paul writes: “It isn’t that we want others to have financial ease and you financial difficulties, but it’s a matterContinue reading “It’s a Matter of Equality”

Onomia, Oh My!

Today I visited Camp Onomia, one of the outdoor ministries of the ELCA, located just two hours northwest of Saint Paul in the Mille Lacs area. And I am so glad I did! Camp Onomia is set on beautiful Shakopee Lake, and is surrounded by state park land. As you look across the lake, youContinue reading “Onomia, Oh My!”

Short-term commitment to church? I can relate.

I don’t begrudge folks who slip into the church for a time and then find themselves away. Rather, part of what we’re called to do in the church is to walk with people where they’re at, and in that moment strive to be a welcoming community of Christ for them. Our doors are open.