Immigration Policy & Racism
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, March 19, 2017
 
1 John 4:18-21
Deuteronomy 24:14-22
 
Our immigration policy was founded on racism. It is broken in many ways, yes, but it is not repairable until this issue is addressed. ACTION: Explore Becoming a Sanctuary Congregation; sponsor a refugee family; walk with an undocumented family as they try to get legal status. – Go to this sermon’s page
 

It's In Our Cultural DNA
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, March 12, 2017
 
Daniel 1:1-21
Galatians 3:23-29
 
Racism is hardwired into our foundational documents as a nation (and maybe as a congregation), and therefore subtle and difficult to identify and combat. ACTION: Look at our Bylaws and decision-making processes to see if their is subtle racism in them. Ask, in what ways are these documents keeping people out? – Go to this sermon’s page
 

The Church's Role in Normalizing Racism
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, March 05, 2017
 
Mark 7:24–30
Matthew 5:43-45
 
Today we begin a sermon series on racism. As the sermon title suggests, Pastor Jeff explores the Christian responsibilities for American (and European) racism. ACTION: Support the DOC repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery – Go to this sermon’s page
 

My Daily Examen
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Wednesday, March 01, 2017
 

 
Pastor Jeff shares how last year's Ash Wednesday service impacted his prayer life, and he invites this year's service to impact yours. – Go to this sermon’s page
 

Making It Real
Rev. Brenda Loreman – Sunday, February 26, 2017
 
Mark 2:1-12
Hebrews 11:1-3, 7-12
 
Today we conclude our year-long sermon series based on "We Make the Road by Walking," by Brian McLaren, with a sermon about making all we've talked about this past year real in our lives. – Go to this sermon’s page
 

Jesus, Violence, and Power
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, February 19, 2017
 
Matthew 16:13-28
Isaiah 42:1-9
 
Jesus' offers a third way for us to follow to confront the principalities and powers that oppress. – Go to this sermon’s page
 

Jesus and Hell
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, February 12, 2017
 
Jonah 4:1-11
Luke 16:19-31
 
If we dismiss the three-tiered cosmology, what do we make of Hell? Perhaps we get a hint from the story of Jonah. – Go to this sermon’s page
 

Jesus and the Multitudes
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, February 05, 2017
 
Luke 18:35-19:9
Luke 18:15-30
 
Jesus always stands with the multitudes - the hoi polloi, the marginalized, the scapegoated, shunned, ignored, and forgotten. He stands with those without economic and political power. His disciples belong there, too. – Go to this sermon’s page
 

Jesus the Teacher
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, January 29, 2017
 
Mark 4:1-34
divide up primary reading
 
One way to understand who Jesus was is as a teacher. His was skilled at using parables and his primary focus was teaching about "the kingdom of God." – Go to this sermon’s page
 

Significant and Wonderful
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, January 22, 2017
 
Mark 1:21-28
John 2:1-12
 
What do we (with modern and post-modern sensibilities) make of the miracles of Jesus? – Go to this sermon’s page
 

 
Our Pastors
Rev. Jeff Spencer
The Rev. Jeff Spencer
Brenda Lorman, Associate Pastor
Brenda Loreman
 

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Learn more about Progressive Christianity! Go to our Progressive Christianity Series page for links to eight sermons that discuss the various aspects of this exciting aspect of worship.