From the Rector

“You Can’t Stop the Revolution”

Mike Kinman on Sunday, December 11, 2016:

“Mary was the Mother of the Revolution of Love and the Magnificat is her protest chant – a protest chant the church has spent 2000 years mansplaining in an effort to silence the radical power of her proclamation.”

Lessons & Carols Meditation

Mike Kinman on Sunday, December 4, 2016:

“This is a season that ends with God, the divine self, being so consumed with passion that She cannot help but let go of the very privilege of being God, so that instead She can become God with us, Emmanuel.”

All in the Family: Navigating the Post-Election Holidays

Sally Howard & Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, December 4, 2016:

“To be able to say ‘I’m sorry, I’m really uncomfortable with this. And this is why,’ is to set yourself up to be vulnerable — to set yourself up to be ridiculed — but that’s actually the model of Christ — when someone is being put in that situation to say ‘You know what, I am going to reinforce that targeted person’s authority, and I’m going to do it using mine.’ Those situations are scary. But kind of scary is where the church lives.”

Advent Wreath

Advent Meditation: December 5

by Mike Kinman

O come, O come, Emmanuel. Advent is about longing. And we know longing. We know it well. From the moment we are born, we long to be touched, we long to be held. From our first cry, we long to be understood.

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Mike Kinman on Sunday, December 4, 2016:

“What I love about us as a community is we come here wanting to be challenged, wanting to be changed, and wanting something to happen here that really affects life out there. And wanting to dig deep in here and wanting to dig deep out there.”

“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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