From the Rector

“Turn and Receive New Life”

Mike Kinman on Sunday, December 4, 2016:

“John isn’t saying ‘be ashamed: the end is near.’ John is saying ‘change your life: the beginning is near. Turn and receive new life!'”

Advent Wreath

Advent Meditation: December 3

by Mike Kinman

“But now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will become mute, unable to speak, until the day these things occur.” (Luke 1:20) Probably my favorite minor character of Advent is Zechariah.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 20, 2016:

“There’s a rule that I have, which is if you’re in conflict with someone the only email you send is ‘When can we get together?’ Or at the very least ‘When can we Facetime or Skype together?’ where we can look at each other face to face… I’ve got to say, wherever you go from there it starts with sitting with someone and looking them in the eyes. Because that’s where God enters in.”

Sermon from Sunday, November 20

Mike Kinman on Sunday, November 20, 2016:

“We must not let systems whose only desire is to perpetuate injustice and violence against the powerless, for the benefit of the powerful, use our theology against us. The mandate of forgiveness without repentance, and reconciliation without justice, is one of the biggest ways that our theology has been weaponized for use against the most vulnerable among us — and it must stop.”

Strength for the Journey: A Post-Election Conversation

Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 13, 2016:

“We need to look at what it means to stand between the people whom God loves and people who would do them harm. And these are some of the conversations we’re going to have. We’ve got to get prayed up. We’ve got to get studied up. We’ve got to get trained up. And we’re going to do it.”

Sermon from Sunday, November 13

Posting — by popular demand — the video and text from Mike Kinman’s November 13th sermon:

“We will create and guard the spaces where we will feel and where Christ will heal. We will testify to the Gospel of Christ the liberator knowing we have nothing to lose but our chains.”

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Chapter Fifteen — Listen to a New Idea

“Becca’s wisdom in this chapter is so simple that it is almost child’s play. If you want your life to be changed, you actually have to be open to being changed.”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Fifteen.

Chapter Fourteen — Consider the Thistle

“A thistle farmer knows there is no such thing as a disposable person, that there is great beauty and strength in every person.”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Fourteen.

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A Message from Mike Kinman on the Election

Yesterday, our nation chose a new president, and the choice has left many of us angry, fearful and deeply sorrowful.

We hear the cries of anger and pain – particularly from women. Women who thought yesterday was finally going to be the day our nation would see you as full human beings and value your gifts of leadership. This election truly is one more indignity you should not have had to bear on top of so many you have had to bear in the past.

We hear cries of fear from immigrants and people of color who fear for safety in yet new ways and from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender images of God who fear the loss of freedoms so recently won and so hard earned.

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“All Saints Sunday”

Mike Kinman on All Saints Sunday, November 6, 2016:

“Regardless of who wins this election, our calling as the church will remain the same, and our work will just be getting started.”

Chapter Thirteen — Laugh at Yourself

“Laughter — humor — it’s not just a nice add-on, it is absolutely necessary for survival. That’s because our laughter reminds us that the heart of God is joy. That God’s dream for each and for all of us is joy.”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Thirteen.

Chapter Twelve — Show Hospitality to All

“I had known that the church doors were open during the week, but it had somehow escaped me that the custom of All Saints was to keep these doors open seven days a week. I imagine you know that about All Saints Church, but I wonder, do you know how rare that is?”

“Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart” is the book our rector-elect Mike Kinman selected for us all to read for our “One Book, One Church” program this Fall. As we engage in that process together as a parish, Mike is offering a series of video blogs, reflecting chapter by chapter. Here’s Chapter Twelve.