I will forever be grateful to the Lily Corporation for awarding us a $27,000 grant to pay for my 3-month sabbatical earlier this year; to the MCC Austin board of directors and staff who led everything beautifully while I was gone; and to our congregation, especially our many ministry leaders, […]
Remember that scene from Apollo 13 when they’re trying to explain to the TV audience the danger that the Apollo 13 crew faces on re-entry? In their illustration, the earth is a basketball and the moon is a softball, approximately 14 feet apart. The announcer then holds a piece of […]
My friends, I am still in deep mourning over Charlottesville and the evil manifested there. But as I often have occasion to say during worship services, “We are a large family, and even as we mourn with some we celebrate with others.”
Today there is reason to put on our dancing […]
Talk about abominations. In one day both our nation and our state collude to deny the dignity and worth of transgender persons. How can this be? What do we do? When will it stop?
I haven’t even reached a point yet in which I can begin to formulate a plan of […]
On a warm spring morning just over a year ago, we were about to begin our 9:00 worship service when a terrible story began to unfold in news feeds and on Facebook. Only a few hours before, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 58 others in […]
I always have mixed feelings about PRIDE month. On the one hand, it’s necessary. On the other, I wish it wasn’t. On one hand, it provides a clear visual of how far we’ve come. (Did you see pictures of Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau with Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, Pastor of […]
Oh, my goodness! Have you noticed? Have you noticed how HOT it is? And for no extra charge, we’ve got an extra helping of humidity…
Now, this is not a complaint; this is an announcement. This is an announcement and an invitation.
It’s summer! And I’m inviting you to step into it […]
I will admit right up front that I designed this title to grab your attention…and yes, I did have certain ones of you in mind ?
This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, the “Birthday of the Church,” the recognition of the gift of the Holy Spirit. We use red to symbolize Pentecost […]
I have a special place in my heart for Rev. Ilene Brenner Dunn. Ilene is one of the wonderful people who tried to get the Presbyterian Church (USA) to ordain out gay clergy back when such a stance was a minority position. On a fall morning ten years ago, Ilene […]
One of my favorite passages in all literature comes near the end of A Tale of Two Cities. Miss Pross, longtime caretaker for Lucy and Dr. Manette, engages in mortal combat with Madame Defarge as Miss Pross tries to allow time for Lucy and her family to escape France and […]