April 22, 2019

Dear friends,

    Yesterday, in my role as pastor of Edwards Church, I preached an Easter sermon. I focused on what I understand to be the central truth of the holiday: God’s love is more powerful than hatred, more powerful than fear, more powerful even than death. It is a truth that is expressed in different ways in many faith traditions.

    After I g...

Strong solo voices filled Edwards Hall as guests arrived for our Inspiring Courage: Stories of Passion and Compassion speaker event on March 3rd.  The voices and lullabies being sung sounded familiar.  They touched my heart with memories of my own childhood and they led me to ask what the stories were behind these recorded lullabies.  They were the focal point...

March 16, 2019

Dear Friends,

I went to bed last night aware that something horrible and hate-filled was happening in Christchurch, New Zealand. I woke up to learn of the extent of the horror and hate. Forty-nine people killed by terrorists in an orchestrated act of hate.  Forty-nine human beings--each someone's daughter or son, friend or spouse, each with gifts to offer our wo...

There are different ways to envision courage. Storybooks and news stories describe courageous heroes performing superhuman acts of strength and fortitude. Heroes liberate the oppressed; destroy enemies; and deliver a “happily ever after” ending to the story. We celebrate these victorious heroes who provide us with a feeling of safety.

Some of us have courageous...

Dear Friends,

Over the last few weeks, the news on TV has been overwhelming. Along with many of you, I have struggled to know what to do with my outrage, distress and fear at acts of hatred and terror in places that are supposed to be safe.

This week the news has hit home. Two hate-filled, threatening notes were found in a student’s mailbox at Hemenway Elementary...