Advent Wreath

Advent Meditation: December 23

by Antonio Gallardo

As I continue to reflect upon the scriptures for this season around the conception and birth of Jesus, a group of characters have been standing out for me lately like they have not done it before, the Shepherds.  I have read about, and heard about, many reflections about Joseph, Mary and Jesus’ stories, but I have not heard not equally as many stories about “The Shepherds.”

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Advent Evensong Homily

Sally Howard on Sunday, December 18, 2016:

“Jesus refused to accept the world as it was. Filled with the Spirit, he imagined a world and lived out a life inviting absolutely everyone to the banquet table.”

Homeless Memorial Service Homily

Mike Kinman on Tuesday, December 13, 2016:

“God is never just God. God is the God of our names. Because with God, it is always personal.”

A Conversation with Norman Lear

Norman Lear on Sunday, December 11, 2016:

“You know how we thought of Edith (Bunker)? Whenever there was a problem, what would Christ do? That was Edith.”

Advent Evening Service Meditation

Jeremy Langill on Sunday, December 11, 2016:

“Jesus was born into a deeply oppressed community. His birth, like all births, was messy and dirty. And according to the story, didn’t even occur in the relative warmth and safety of a home. The power of Jesus’ ministry, the prophetic voice he used to convict the powerful, and lift up all those who live in the margins, gains an entirely new understanding when I consider the emotionally deep, complex, and vulnerable nature of his beginning.”

“Accessing the Inexhaustible Power through Spiritual Poverty and Humility”

Antonio Gallardo on Guadalupe Sunday, December 11, 2016:

“What an appropriate time in the life of our country for Our Lady to come today and remind us that she’s not a mellow, mute virgin, but that she’s a warrior, who from the very beginning has challenged the establishment, the dark forces of the world.”

“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.”

“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!'”