Category Archives: Lutheran

Growing up racist – #1

“for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29) I’m writing today to my white skinned sisters and brothers… Racism is the great challenge facing our country today (and yesterday and the day before that). Because most of us, being white, don’t usually experience the outright racism that we’ve seen in our […]
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White Power

White power. I hate those two words together. They represent racism at its most vile. These words evoke images of violence, intimidation, and hate. I would love to reject these words when used together. Unfortunately I can’t for the stark reality that I, throughout my life have benefited from “white power.” We don’t like to […]
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How Long Does a Dead Tree Stand?

On a recent vacation to Yosemite we witnessed the overwhelming number of dead trees in California. I read an article that places the number at more than 100 million in the state. Dead trees are normal, but not usually in such large numbers. The current dead tree phenomenon is the result of drought weakening trees […]
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The Stumbling Stone – Sermon for August 13, 2017

  Romans 9:30-10:15 The beginning of the text… “What then are we to say? Gentiles, who did not strive for righteousness, have attained it, that is, righteousness through faith; but Israel, who did strive for the righteousness that is based on the law did not succeed in fulfilling the law. Why not? Because they did […]
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My Post-Ferguson Sermon, 2014

As I prepare to preach on the painful topic of racism I re-read a sermon from 3 years ago. The events of yesterday are proof that we (white people) must get out of our comfort zones and confront this evil in all its manifestations. I wrote my sermon last Wednesday… at least I thought I […]
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No, that is not ok

This morning and last night white supremacists demonstrated in Charlottesville Virginia. That is a very long way from Oxnard California, but both cities are in the United States. For this reason what happens there is important here and everywhere else. As a white middle class woman I denounce the racism of white supremacy. It is […]
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A Difficult Topic – My sermon on Romans 9:1-18

On my first full day in Wittenberg (last March) our group went on a walking tour of the old city. This older area is actually pretty small, so maybe village or town would be a better description. I’m thankful for the guided tour because I would have missed some important history if I had been […]
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I Can Run Hills! A Recap of the The San Francisco (First) Half Marathon

Going in reverse order we ran the 2nd half of this race a year ago. We chose the 2nd half because my son wanted to finish near the baseball stadium…and, being a net downhill it was an easier course. The plan was to run the 1st half this year, and possibly the full marathon in 2018. […]
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Oblivious

Over the last week I’ve received a few reminders of how easily we can go through life oblivious of those around us. It’s as if we get so caught up inner own thoughts or our own needs that we forget about those around us. Sometimes that forgetting leads to embarrassment, to hurt feeling, to annoyance, […]
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Thankful Living

“There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” -Romans 8:1-2 The promise is of forgiveness, of acceptance, of unmerited and unconditional grace. It is this promise that frees […]
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