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Klara Tammany – Pentecost 9B – July 8, 2018

IMAGE I usually end my sermons with a poem or song. Today I will start with one.  Many of you know that I am a student of Parker Palmer and especially like what he calls “Circles of Trust.” The approach uses poetry as a focus of discussion, a third thing (you, the others in the…

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Ben Chin – Pentecost 3B – June 10, 2018

We have so much ground to cover today! The Old Testament reading comes at the climax of the famous story in Genesis of Adam and Eve, when Adam and Eve realize they are naked, stand up God for their evening walk, and then point fingers at everyone except themselves for eating the forbidden fruit. The…

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Jane Costlow – Lent 3B – March 11, 2018

NOTE: This is the third in a series of homilies related to the 6 session study the parish is doing during Lent that is focused on Trinity’s mission and use of liturgical space.  After worship we enter discussion using an outline from the book Re-Pitching the Tent by Richard Giles. Reflecting on Trinity – church, space and…

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William Barter – Lent 2B – March 4, 2018

NOTE: This is second in a series of homilies related to the 6 session study the parish is doing during Lent that is focused on Trinity’s mission and use of liturgical space.  After worship we enter discussion using an outline from the book Re-Pitching the Tent by Richard Giles. Like most couples, Roy and I have life…

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Klara Tammany – Lent 1B – February 18, 2018 – Pilgrimage

NOTE: This is first in a series of homilies related to the 6 session study the parish is doing during Lent that is focused on Trinity’s mission and use of liturgical space.  After worship we enter discussion using an outline from the book Re-Pitching the Tent by Richard Giles. Mark 1:9-15  Pilgrimage This dense little story in…

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William Barter – January 28, 2018 – Epiphany 4

On prophetic witness, exercising power, exorcising evil. Rampant racism. Suppression of the black vote, and gerrymandering congressional districts to favor white voters. Lack of integration in schools. Harassment of African-American students. Police brutality towards blacks, including fatal shootings. The rise of white supremacist hate-groups, including the Klan. And racism, not only in the deep south,…

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William Barter – November 26, 2017 – Reign of Christ

Having been raised a Roman Catholic, and having been educated in a Roman Catholic seminary (albeit at the Catholic University of America back in the liberal days), I am familiar with minute distinctions that have sometimes enveloped the church in furious debate. How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? One of…

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William Barter – November 19, 2017

Of the three synoptic Gospels, Matthew is certainly the more eschatological. Matthew, more than any of the other Gospels, focuses on the actions of the church between the first and second comings of Christ, and warns of the consequences faced by the complacent church. This is likely a reflection on issues that Matthew’s community had…

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William Barter – September 10, 2017

Ever wish you could get a second chance? Well, take heart – there’s a web site with some suggestions.  WWW.mydearvalentine.com has quotes from actual greeting cards and suggestions for asking for a second chance for someone you may have offended or hurt in some way. Here are a few of them, and they are very…

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William Barter – Easter 4 – Year A, 2017

Podcast Version: DVT_A002_170506_2148.MP3 Good Shepherd I’m going to show you a quote, and I want you to tell me who said it. I will just say that these words were spoken on the 30th anniversary of the Civil Rights march on Selma, Alabama. “Those days were filled with passionate convictions and a magnified sense of…

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