Christmas Eve, 2015 — The Rev’d Willie Allen-Faiella

Have you ever felt small? Really, really small? Being shorter than 81.3% of all women my age in the US I certainly know what feeling small is! But I’m not talking about physical size. The kind of smallness I mean is the existential kind. When I was a kid, something my friends and I used…

November 29 – The Coming of Hope – The Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

We begin the church year today with the season of Advent, but do we really understand Advent? One of the predominant themes of Advent is Christ’s second coming, the coming in glory of the kingdom of God. The lectionary’s Advent readings are full of strange apocalyptic images. Luke speaks of signs in the sun, the…

10/4/15 – The Good Man of Assisi – The Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Long ago in Italy there lived a man named Giovanni (John). He was born in the year 1182 to a wealthy family. His father was a very successful cloth merchant who bought and sold beautiful fabrics, royal purple velvets, majestic silks, and luscious ivory brocades. Giovanni’s father’s business took him often to France and so…