It’s been a big week of commemorations this week. On Wednesday night we gathered to lament, pray, remember, and recommit to work for racial justice as we commemorated the Emanuel 9. On Friday was the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, the longest running African American holiday. But what is Juneteenth? To be honest, I didn’t know until I was in graduate school. The Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1,… Read More

4 years ago I was standing in the 1 Train on my way back home from my internship on the Upper West Side to my apartment in the West Village. It was rush hour and the train was packed. Normally I would listen to music on the train, but I’d forgotten my earbuds at home that day, and as a result my world was broadened beyond my own personal bubble. I started… Read More

When I was going through Confirmation I was invited to attend a Share The Word, Teens Encounter Christ retreat by fellow members of my Youth Group. STW TEC is an intensive faith formation retreat weekend developed by teens for teens similar to Walk to Emmaus, Cursillo, or Via de Cristo. Throughout the 3 day retreat weekend teens, adult leaders, and pastors leading the retreat would give talks where they shared their personal… Read More

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.” These opening words of our gospel reading this morning, spoken by Jesus at the end of the Last Supper reading in John are admittedly hard to sit with right now. I imagine many of our hearts are troubled right now. Given that Jesus had just shared that Judas would betray him and Peter deny him in his immanent… Read More

On Mother’s Day in 2017 I found myself hesitant to go upstairs for worship after teaching Sunday school at my internship congregation. I was in a pretty rough place. My mom had died after a long battle with cancer 8 months prior and this particular “first” without her was hitting particularly hard. Even knowing that my grandmother had flown up for a visit wasn’t motivating enough for me to want to paste… Read More

Have you ever been in a parade? I’d never intended to be, but one year when I was in high school I was drafted to walk in Greensboro’s Fourth of July parade when my sister’s middle school cheerleading squad needed extra people to carry a banner while they performed. Even though I wasn’t part of the team the excitement was infectious, the cheers from those gathered on the streets of downtown were… Read More

Stop. Caution. One Way. No Parking. Dead End. Children at Play. “Trust in God but Wash Your Hands”.  “All Services and Events Canceled Until 3/31/2020”. Signs are all around us, everywhere we go. They give us information about what lies beyond, what we should do, what we shouldn’t do. Regardless of what a sign physically says it always points to something beyond itself.  The healing miracle in our Gospel reading this morning… Read More

Lent is an interesting time to start a first call. For the past couple weeks I’ve been struggling to clear my mind of Lent’s seemingly endless to do list and the stress, fueled by my own unrealistic expectations for myself, was starting to pile up. I did not feel like I was managing my time effectively, and beating myself up about it was not making anything better. This week, with some encouragement,… Read More

Gospel Reading: Luke 6:20-31 (NRSV) 20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor,     for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now,     for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now,     for you will laugh. 22 “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man…. Read More