& other writings
This Father's Day message reflects on the distinct and complementary roles played by mother love an father love. Seedlings—and our children—need both fertile soil and plentiful sunlight to blossom and grow.
June 16, 2013
Divine SparksMarching in the St. Louis Pride Parade Parade teaches us the meaning of love. Love conquers fear, and standing up for those who need love lifts us all.
July 28, 2012
Mom, You Can Sit Down Now
Written and read for my mother on the day we celebrated her retirement in July 2012. It was her Independence Day after many years of hard work and sacrifice.
July 8, 2012
A Child Is Born
The coming of the advent season invites us to examine the spiritual significance of awaiting the birth of a child—and perhaps the opportunity it represents for us to be “born again.”
Nov. 10, 2010
A Harvest of Gratitude
At Thanksgiving, it's not so important what's on the table as much as who is sitting around the table. Let us be thankful for the people in our lives and create blessings for each other.
Nov. 18, 2012
Why We March
We march because ours is a faith that cannot stand still. Love is constant but we grow only when we take action and exercise our powers.
July 13, 2014
This is a day sanctified by love. Today we are here to celebrate, to listen and to learn what it means to be a welcoming congregation.
July 28, 2013
Beyond Marriage EqualityWhat is the true definition of marriage? This sermon, a collaboration with my wife, Betsy, explores the four cornerstones of a successful marriage— which transcend the old boundaries.
August 23, 2015