Taking Action Like Nachshon

Three weeks ago we began our series of readings from the book of Exodus or from what our Jewish brothers and sisters call the Book of Names, Shemoth. I invited us to consider how our individual names and how our collective name (Redeemer) call us to embody God’s love in San Rafael and the world. […]

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Prayer and Service to the Poor

My mantra for ministry for about the last decade has been “prayer and service to the poor.” Prayer and service to the poor. These two pursuits have been the primary mission of my youth ministry in southern California and the mission of the Marin Episcopal Youth Group since it began in 2012. Sometimes when I […]

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Our Redeemer, Rock and Rainbow

  Today our lectionary launches us on a nine-week long series of readings from the book of Exodus, which recounts the epic story of the Israelites’ liberation from slavery in Egypt. This story serves as a central and foundational narrative for Judaism and Christianity and even for Islam. These next nine weeks in Exodus will […]

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Hine Ma Tov (Behold, How Good!)

  Hine ma tov umanayim shevet achim gam yachad. Behold! How good it is when brothers and sisters gather together in community. I have been wrestling and praying through this morning’s Scripture readings for the last couple weeks while also lamenting and grieving over the horrific violence and hatred we have witnessed in our country and […]

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Letting Go of a Violent God

  Does anyone happen to recall the first message proclaimed to the neighborhood on our beautiful new message board, after of course the “God Bless Our New Message Board” announcement? What was the first message Paula wrote? She wrote, “The God you don’t believe in doesn’t exist.” A very provocative statement. What does it mean? […]

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The Sound of One God Laughing

The Trinity is not so much a concept that we can explain as much as it is an experience in which we can participate. Every moment of every day we are invited to become part of the Trinitarian flow and to join in the perichoresis, which means what? Circle Dance! One of the most famous […]

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