Anna the First Christian Prophet

Anna the First Christian Prophet              An old woman who lived at the temple in Jerusalem became the first Christian prophet. After praying and fasting in the temple for decades, she recognized that the baby presented by Mary and Joseph was Jerusalem’s redeemer.              Anna saw Jesus on the day his parents took him to the temple…

Episcopalians Begin Process of Changing Liturgies to Make them More Inclusive

Meeting in Austin, Texas in the early part of July 2018, Episcopalians called on their Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to “develop principles for the use of inclusive and expansive language in liturgical texts…” The mandate includes gender, the breadth of cultures, languages, and ancestral contexts. The full resolution is below. D046 Expansive-Language Liturgical…

The Mother Pelican as Christ

You read that right. Before Christianity, there was a tradition that mother pelicans pierced their own breasts until they bled and fed the blood to their starving chicks. Another version suggested that the male pelican killed the baby pelicans. Three days later, the mother returned and pierced her own breast and fed the babies with…

Let’s Talk About God

(This sermon was delivered on May 6, 2018 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Eureka, California. It provides a context for understanding the use of feminine pronouns, images and metaphors for God.)   Let’s Talk About God In Genesis 1:27 we read: So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created…

Metaphors and God

Let’s talk about metaphors. You might not have thought about metaphors since the last time you took an English class in high school or college. The discussion was likely regarding something in a poem. In case that was some time ago, here are some examples of metaphors: Conscience is a man’s compass. Vincent Van Gogh…