The End of Love

By The Rev. J.C. Austin Do you ever hear a song and it takes you back to a particularly significant moment or season or event in your life? Perhaps the song was literally playing when it happened; perhaps it simply encapsulates the memory in some perfect way. Sometimes the emotional reaction to hearing it is […]

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The In-Crowd

By The Rev. J.C. Austin Having lived in New York City for almost twenty years, I came across plenty of celebrities out on the street, in restaurants or stores, and so on. Part of the code of being a real New Yorker is that you pretend not to notice or even recognize them, but you […]

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Exit, Pursued By a Bear

By The Rev. J.C. Austin “Exit, pursued by a bear.”  When I say that, you either know exactly what I’m talking about, or you have no idea. There’s not any middle ground on this, and it’s definitely not something that you can figure out just from the line. It actually comes from the play, The […]

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Closer to Fine

By The Rev. Lindsey Altvater Clifton This may strike you as an odd comparison, but this text is a bit like the movie Groundhog Day; it keeps happening over and over and over again. Every Second Sunday of Easter. Every year of the three-year Revised Common Lectionary cycle we hear this story. I suspect this […]

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Going Ahead

By The Rev. J.C. Austin “You gotta stick the landing.” If you’ve ever watched Olympic gymnastics, you’ve heard that phrase uttered over and over again. People who know next to nothing about gymnastics but want to offer some kind of commentary when watching will look at you knowingly as the athlete lines up for their […]

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By The Rev. J.C. Austin (NOTE: This is an expanded version of the sermon The Rev. Austin presented) I’ve had some wonderful transcendent moments in my life, but there’s only one that I would really call a conversion experience. It happened in, of all places, Giants Stadium in New Jersey, about 12 years ago. It […]

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Longing for Light

By The Rev. Lindsey Altvater Clifton Gwendolyn Lo was born in Hawaii on July 25, 1932 to parents who were Native Hawaiian, Chinese, and Korean.  For some portion of her childhood, she lived with her auntie Ellyn and her uncle Hiram; she was even a flower girl in their wedding.  In Honolulu sometime before 1959, […]

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No Going Back

By Rev. J.C. Austin Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes How do you measure, measure a year? Those lyrics are the opening lines of the song “Seasons of Love” from Rent, one of the longest-running and most successful Broadway musicals […]

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Stuck Together

By Rev. J.C. Austin The knuckles on my fingers had turned bone-white as I gripped the steering wheel hard. I took a deep breath and forced myself to relax slightly. The car wasn’t even moving, after all. But it was about to be, and that was what I was afraid of. I was sitting in […]

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Proving Ground

By Rev. Cynthia Leslie Simmons Mark 1:9-15 Some of us are old enough to remember a television show from the 1950’s called Dragnet – in fact, some of you might even now be able to hum the ominous opening notes of the show’s theme song.  Dragnet purported to tell true stories of crimes solved by […]

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