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    The Morning After Blog

    From our Minister, John: Welcome to the Morning After. Preaching is created and offered and it’s a little awkward because you 'bare your soul' and it’s like you stand there buck naked, share what’s important to you, people get to peek and then walk away! It’s hard because it feels 'one way'. That is, I speak, people listen, and then choose to walk away or wander back, often with little comment one way or the other. 

    So here is a chance for me and our guest speakers to clarify, and for you to comment and for all of us to learn together! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, questions, or wonderings. This is a free space to engage!


    Great Things: Parenting

    When it comes to parenting, there is TONS of great advice on a variety of subjects and situations. On Sunday I suggested we are "Beauty and Beast" in our relationships. Beauty is ON, in the groove, awesome moments of connection. Beast is when we are OFF, when we lose it, get frustrated, and feel inept. The metaphor speaks of the kind of relationships can be in.

    It is honest, we aren't always our best.

    I used the acronym RIP (Respect (mutual) and Intimacy (vulnerability to admit mistakes) and Playfulness) to describe three marks of great parenting.

    Jesus expanded the understanding of family to a wider community than blood relatives.
    Relationships are work.

    What would you say? The conversation is really worthwhile.


    - John

    May 10 2015 - Great Parenting


    Great Things: Government

    The sermon this past Sunday felt long and a bit tired, but I believe it was a necessary sermon. I care about voting. The Sucker Campaign was playful and worked, thanks Pam!

    Over all I appreciate the churches acceptance of chaos, change, and creativity.
    It was a slightly wild Sunday and we pulled it off. Musical songs, Agape feast, A Mclaren video and sermon... wow. 

    I wondered Sunday night about "God keep our land" in the national anthem; how does the national anthem speak of Great Government? Do we sing it with intent? Do we hope God will?

    Not necessarily my best sermon, but...Get out and vote!

    - John



    May 3 2015 - Great Government


    Great Things: Relationships


    Good to Great

    As soon as I opened my mouth on Sunday I knew I was addressing a touchy subject. Suggesting that we tend toward mediocrity in 'church land' and that we should seek greatness left me wide open to criticism.

    What I attempted to say on Sunday was that greatness is something Jesus invites us to pursue; hence the reference to two 'great' stories from scripture. Church can be great, as HUC seeks to be, and yet isn't held to the same standard that we apply to other areas of our lives.

    Secondly, I introduced the book 'Good to Great' by Jim Collins as an example of 'good to great' in the context of leadership, humility (vulnerability) and professional will (kingdom of God).

    I do always believe that God invites greatness to come to light. Marianne Williamson that speaks of this, i wish i had read it on Sunday: 

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 

    April 12 2015 - Good to Great


    Easter Sunday - I thought there would be more

    Easter is one of the most important and difficult Sunday's to preach. There are so many expectations and questions. 

    Drawing inspiration from the movie Boyhood, I chose to speak about the "more-ness" of Easter. We watched a clip from the movie where a desperate mother cries out "I just thought there was more!". 

    Easter is new life; to stand again, to wake up, to rise again...Many examples are made real from the Easter voices in our pews. During our community prayers we spoke of environment, relationships, forgiveness, drace and new life.

    Easter isn't a day it is a way. It is a season. A terrific Holy Week indeed.

    May we discover the more-ness each day.

    How does it work for you?


    April 5 2015 - Easter Sunday