Posts by Erin

A Song Must Be Sung (05-14-17 Sermon)

Posted on May 18, 2017 in Podcasts

There are angels, so other-worldly you can only feel them – where you can’t name or see or touch them but know, on some level, like the soul, like the heart, that they are the only thing holding you up when all else falls away. There are angels, so earthly you can hold their hand, hear their weeping as they sit with you in grief, lean on them when your strength is wavering – who get you a cup of a coffee and bring over hot dish and jello salad and lemon bars that will heal anyone. There are angels beyond number spilling out and over the head of that pin, flying through God just above...

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Powerless and Powerful (05-07-17 Sermon)

Posted on May 11, 2017 in Podcasts

Yet there rises now this question: what if the crisis of this moment is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness the womb, with something new and mighty, wholly terrifying but beautiful and strong and loving, waiting to be born? This is about what story we’re going to choose to live in going forward – not alternative facts, but an alternative intention, an alternative allegiance or fidelity. It’s about looking at the only facts, and choosing an alternative loyalty. -Rev. Victoria Safford, Powerless and Powerful Download...

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Submission: the practice of claiming power

Posted on May 1, 2017 in Show Your Soul

I was reflecting on the May theme SUBMISSION: The Pract ice of claiming power, and one of the photos I contributed to the art show came into my mind and became a wonderful metaphor for me to think about this theme. The glacier slowly moves toward the sea and eventually calve s enormous chunks of ice into it. So… is the glacier submitting to the sea and claiming power, or is the see claiming power and submitting to the glacier? Does it matter if the glacier is retreating, as most glaciers are, or advancing, as this one currently is? Where are there parallels to the metaphor in my...

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May – From the Minister

Posted on May 1, 2017 in Spirituality

If you could see the journey whole, you might never undertake it, might never dare the first step that propels you from the place you have known to the place you know not. Call it one of the mercies of the road: that we see it only by stages as it opens before us, as it comes into our keeping, step by single step. - Jan Richardson Our 3 (and 1⁄2!) year old, Louisa, says, “You can have two feelings at one time, Papa. ” It is true. The state of my heart these days has been a mix of grief, love, appreciation, hope—curiosity for the future, gratitude for what has been. As I begin to say...

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Dreams and Bones (04-09-17 Sermon)

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 in Podcasts

When I say sacred, I mean the architecture of this radiant creation, and whatever we intuit, whatever we discover, whatever it reveals to us, of beauty, truth, and love. For me, words like “sacred” refer to the common, holy mystery of life and death. We are part of the cosmos, fragments of its holiness, and in our relation to the whole – expressed as reverence, expressed as joy, as gratitude, as prayer, and among us as compassion- the sacred is made manifest. It is the larger love which transcends our understanding, but which touches us, terrifies us and delights us, meets us, feeds us,...

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