The Land Is Not Empty
Rev. Brenda Loreman – Sunday, October 10, 2021
Deuteronomy 6:10-12
The Doctrine of Discovery, which justified the exploitation of natural resources and people in the name of Christ, devastated Indigenous cultures and the planet; what has been done in the name of Christ must now be undone in the name of Christ. – Go to this sermon’s page

God Loves ALL Creation
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, October 03, 2021
Psalm 148
So often, our lessons about discipleship focus on our human neighbors only. We need to remember that God loves ALL creation and calls us to do the same. – Go to this sermon’s page

Naturae Divina
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, September 26, 2021
Ezekiel 31:3-7
“You can continue to contemplate the gifts of creation even from your window. Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” ~ Gary Snyder – Go to this sermon’s page

Nature Has Rights
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, September 19, 2021
Psalm 24
If a corporation can be a "person" under U.S. law, why not a forest or a river? Since the earth is the Lord's, not ours, we need to recognize the rights of nature. – Go to this sermon’s page

Being Part of Creation
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, September 12, 2021
Genesis 1:26-31
We think we human beings are separate from and on top of creation. We're not. We're part of creation. – Go to this sermon’s page

It's Time to Fall In Love (Again) with Nature
Rev. Brenda Loreman – Sunday, September 05, 2021
Genesis 1:20-25
Falling in love with nature is good for us and good for the planet. – Go to this sermon’s page

The Gift of Misfits
Rev. Brenda Loreman – Sunday, August 29, 2021
Matthew 4:12-14, 17
We do not journey through the Dark Wood alone. – Go to this sermon’s page

The Gift of Disappearing
Joy Barnitz – Sunday, August 22, 2021
Luke 1:5-24, 57-66
The gift of disappearing helps us cope with being silenced and know when and how to reclaim our voice. – Go to this sermon’s page

The Gift of Temptation
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, August 15, 2021
Luke 4:1-13
It is unlikely that the temptation to evil will be what we must resist. Rather, it is the temptation to do some good that is not ours to do that we might need to resist. – Go to this sermon’s page

The Gift of Getting Lost
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, August 08, 2021
Psalm 42
Being lost in the Dark Wood can be a blessing. There is a gift in getting lost, the gift of being still and letting go; and then there is the gift of being found by the transforming Spirit, by God”s amazing grace. – Go to this sermon’s page

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

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