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Knots After the Water

by Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper
April 24, 2016

 Today I come to you as diluter in chief, ready to make a case for original sin. I will base my case in Michelle Alexander’s theology and that of St. Paul. St. Paul argues that all, as in everyone, as in you and me and them, that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. No one can become new until they realize how distant we are from glory. Michelle Alexander, brilliant author of the New Jim Crow, argues that we Americans need to get in touch with our inner criminality. She borrows heavily from the theology of James Baldwin, who tells us that he has only one accusation for his country. Get over your innocence. Baldwin and Alexander argue that our innocence, our refusal to be wrong about anything, turns us into people who wrong. We let white students do crack at parties and imprison black people for drugs. Neither goes all the way back to original sin but both head there.

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How to Erase Permanent Marker from a Dry-Erase Board

by Rev. Micah Bucey
April 17, 2016

 Do you ever wake up and immediately have a wave of panic wash over you and think, “Oh, man, I am really going to mess up today. I am really going to get something really, really wrong. I am going to make an irresponsible, irrevocable mistake.”? And it’s not a loud promise to yourself; it’s just a quiet, dull threat of inevitable defeat, a comforting fear that you allow yourself to carry with you all day. If you have never had this early-morning, sleepy-time moment, please tell me your secret to success, because most of my poor mornings are darkened by the self-assured specter of incoming, self-inflicted failure.

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Best Practices in Doubting Doubt

by Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper
April 03, 2016

 The Sunday after Easter always features what I like to call sophomore year or the second week of camp. As a camp counselor for years, I always enjoyed the effervescence of the first week. Every body so excited. Clothes still clean. Only the really bright kids had enemies, the rest were in the making. As a college chaplain, I always loved freshmen. The same reasons: so upbeat, so engaged, so bright and bushy tailed. Then came sophomore year and mononucleosis, anti-depressants, the occasional drop out, the frequent fusses. Easter is like that too. It takes us up to that mountain from which we inevitably have to walk down. Hikers will tell you the same truth: going in is a lot easier than getting out, going up a steep hill a cinch compared to going down it.

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Welcome to the Passion Parade

by Rev. Micah Bucey
March 20, 2016

Is there anyone here this morning who already knows that, in the city of New Orleans, for a mere $50.25, a plain old so-and- so like you or I can arrange to have our very own personal street parade?

Has anyone already done this? We’ll make field trip plans after the service. It’s a little extra to hire a brass band. I’ve got all the information and glitter. See me later.

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