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Some initial response to the Governor’s reopening plan

May 21, 2020

This week is a big one in our state’s journey through the COVID-19 pandemic, as Governor Baker announced on Monday the beginning of Stage 1 of our reentry plan, effective immediately. As you may have read, “houses of worship” were authorized to meet in person under a variety of conditions.  I am working ..

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Steve’s Letter to Reservoir

May 6, 2020

Since our COVID-19 shelter in place began nearly two months ago, our church has had an unusual amount of opportunity to think about love of neighbor, love in public, and public justice. It's ironic that so many of us could be spending so much time in our own homes and yet also be so connected to our place, our work, a..

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To Show Us What God is Like

April 16, 2020

Fifth in the Lenten Series, "Why Did Jesus Die?" The first time I stood on the Great Wall of China was a revelation. I thought I knew what it was. I remember in elementary school, a teacher said that the Great Wall of China was the one human-made structure you could see from space. It turns out this is not at all ..

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The Scapegoat to End All Scapegoats

March 25, 2020

Fourth in the Lenten series, "Why Did Jesus Die?" A friend of mine recently told me about a conversation she’d had in the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis we’re facing right now. Let’s call my friend Anne. Anne and a friend of hers were making plans to go out to eat, and she suggested a place in Chinato..

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What Could the Show “The Good Place” and the Painter Rembrandt provoke in us?

February 26, 2020

From Steve's sermon last Sunday: "...not all of us have known fathers, or mothers for that matter, to be full of love and forgiveness, or very good at expressing it. A few of us have known outright cruel parents. Most of us have known parents that tried their best and never wanted to be cruel, but were cruel on oc..

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Solidarity: The Cross Shows Us Where to Find God

February 20, 2020

When we ask the question, “Why did Jesus die?” it’s tempting to start with the snarky but true response, “Because people killed him.” Jesus was kind and gentle and amazing to just about everyone he encountered, except for the religious and cultural and political elite of his age. When he wasn’t calling the..

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