Sermons

Down by the Riverside (11-12-17 Sermon)

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It seems so obvious what we ought to do, and most of the time we’re trying, even as we quietly know, in the back of our minds, the back of our souls, that our comfortable and peaceful lives are made possible in part, in countless invisible ways, by works of war, inflicted in our name upon the earth and on people none of us will ever meet. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, as one prophet reminded us not so long ago, tied in a single garment of destiny.

- Rev. Victoria Safford, “Down by the Riverside”

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Abide With Me (10-29-17 Sermon)

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Podcasts | 0 comments

Grief abides when we lose someone we love, and kindness also, when we’re fortunate – and so does something else. When I asked this month what happens to our loved ones when they die, asked you to write to me, tell me your belief, your thoughts, your experience of this, again and again it was clear that something else abides, takes up residence among us and within us, companioning our days.

- Rev. Victoria Safford, “Abide With Me”
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Whose Streets? (10-22-17 Sermon)

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Podcasts | 0 comments

For some people these debates about monuments and flags and American identities (what makes America great again) are theoretical, political, academic, historical. And for some people they are all this, and also and primarily personal. The statue is an intimate rebuke to any little child, or any adult, who’s forced to see it every day. This was an older American speaking about his great grandparents who had been held as slaves. This is not that far back.

- Rev. Victoria Safford, “Whose Streets”
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If You See Something, Say Something (10-01-17 Sermon)

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Podcasts | 0 comments

How do you name the cycles of the moon? What observances do you religiously keep? Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah, Ramadan? The first day of school and the Fourth of July? Flag Day, Veterans Day, the feast of St. Francis, or St. Patrick, or Cecilia? Do you notice and mark the solstices and the equinoxes and the cross-quarter days in between? Or maybe for you it’s hockey season, football season, the Final Four, and that beautiful day on the far side of winter when pitchers and catchers report for spring training, and the lake ice shatters, the ground greens up, song birds return, and with the crack of the bat everything’s right with the world? How does your year go round?

—Rev. Victoria Safford, “If You See Something, Say Something”
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Out of Control (09-24-17 Sermon)

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Podcasts | 0 comments

Imagine you are looking in a mirror, at your own face, exactly as it is. Take a breath. Look into your own eyes, and smile. In your mind, speak your own name, and say, forgive and be forgiven. Speak your own name, to your own self, and say again, forgive and be forgiven. Breathe deep.

—Rev. Victoria Safford, “Out of Control”
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Empirical Sacraments (09-17-17 Sermon)

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Podcasts | 0 comments

The truth is only rarely fully present on the surface, as anyone who’s ever been in any kind of therapy can tell you,  as any archeologist or geologist or mythologist will tell you.  It’s always a matter of diving and divining. How do you go after it?  With what kind of curiosity, mixed with skepticism, mixed with open-mindedness, mixed with hope, with fear, with logic?  With what kind of agenda do you go seeking truth?

—Rev. Victoria Safford, “Empirical Sacraments”
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