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Rev. Carrie Veal | 1 John 4:7-13; 16-21 | Acts 8:26-40 “Over and over, we are told to welcome … we are told to love. We are not told to live in fear of another. We are not told to determine another’s value or worth; we are not asked to decide if another should have a place at the table … we are told to welcome them to the table; we are told to feed…
 
Rev. Dr. W. Benjamin Boswell | John 21:1-19 “Resurrection is an open invitation. That is the definition of hope. No matter how far we fall or how many times we turn away from Jesus or our neighbors, there is always another chance. Our God is the God of second chances, the God of ‘third times a charm,’ the God of ‘four left turns is a new beginning,…
 
Rev. Dr. W. Benjamin Boswell | Joel 2:12-17, 21-29 | “Acknowledge your separation and return to your Creator! Return to your mother! Return to the land and the earth. Return to the one who made you, bore you, raised you, fed you, and who cares for you even now in the midst of your separation. Return to yourself. Tear open your hearts with love and …
 
Rev. Mia M. McClain | Acts 1:1-11 | “In our witnessing, we are preserving memories and legacies. In our witnessing, we are showing compassion. In our witnessing, we are disrupting dangerous status quos, we are putting our privilege on the line for the sake of justice, we are redistributing wealth and power. And look, witnessing is hard. You’ll have…
 
Rev. Dr. W. Benjamin Boswell | Mark 15:42 – 16:8 | “Grief has the power to start great movements against violence, spark an uprising against a culture of death, and raise the dead, because grief is born from the combustible union of the two most powerful experiences in human existence—love and suffering, which creates the kindling for an uprising.”…
 
Rev. Dr. W. Benjamin Boswell | Mark 11:1-25 “Jesus was not a reformer. You don’t get crucified for being a reformer. Jesus knew some systems and institutions cannot be reformed; they must be abolished. Slavery could not be reformed; it had to be abolished. The death penalty in Virginia could not be reformed, it had to be abolished. Some things simp…
 
Rev. Dr. W. Benjamin Boswell | John 9:1-12 “Jesus invites us to question bad questions—to question the idea of who is a sinner—to question those who blame the victim or their family—to question those who call for personal responsibility without naming the systemic causes of inequality—to question those unwilling to confront a culture that excludes …
 
Rev. Mia M. McClain | Psalm 30:8-12 | “Can the dust praise God? If the rocks can cry and the seas can roar—if floods can clap their hands and the hills can sing together with joy, surely this dust has something to tell us about God’s creation at work. Surely, the dust can be proof of the transformational possibilities at hand calling us to reorgani…
 
Rev. Dr. W. Benjamin Boswell | John 8:1-11 | “Jesus will not stand for patriarchy. He calls religious men to account for their sins against women. Even when the world will not hold men responsible for immoral and unjust actions, upholding of systems of oppression, and participating in patriarchal masculinity, Jesus still holds men responsible and c…
 
Rev. Tara Gibbs | Genesis 2 | “We cannot ignore our dusty, clay bodies. No, we must embrace both our bodies and our breath or spirit. This Lenten season in particular, this Black History Month, we should ask ourselves: ‘Can this dust breathe?’ Not in relation to our own bodies, but about the bodies of our neighbors. Can your neighbor’s body breathe…
 
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