Rev. Elizabeth Stevens

Earth Day

In celebration of the 48th Earth Day, we’ll reflect on several exciting new strategies for protecting and loving our blue boat home. In particular, we’ll be inspired by “Our Children’s Trust”, the group that is “Leading the game-changing, youth-driven, global climate recovery campaign to secure … read more.

Our Flourishing Is Mutual

In Braiding Sweetgrass, author Robin Wall Kimmerer shares what she has learned through her studies of indigenous traditions and plant biology. The insights garnered invite us to embrace an ethic of interdependence rather than competition. If all flourishing is, by definition, mutual, how then shall … read more.

The Hallelujah Response

Every Easter, we sing “Hallelujah” (or “Alleluia.”) This word means, simply, to praise with reverence. Spontaneous “Hallelujahs” arise in us when we experience beauty, relief, connection, and love. However, we can choose to hallelujah any time. If we embrace more complex and nuanced experiences as … read more.

To Save or to Savor?

Human beings are naturally compassionate. The hurting world calls to us, and something in us must answer. However, because the suffering is so vast, when we engage, we run the risk of tipping into self-forgetting, burn-out, and despair. What if the best way to avoid … read more.

The Gifts of Radical Hospitality

For several years, we have been opening our facilities and our hearts to homeless families through the Family Promise program. On this special Sunday, we’ll reflect together on the ways our faith calls us to this work, and the blessings we receive when we participate.

 

The Wisdom of the Body

Platonic dualism tries to convince us that we should value the intellect and the spirit over our physical aspect. But our soft, animal bodies offer us so many good gifts! This service will focus on the insights we gain from listening to and learning from … read more.

Make Me an Instrument

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., we’ll reflect on how to embody peace and justice in our living. The Prayer of St. Francis, “Make me an instrument of thy peace…” will serve as our road map.

 

Inviting Epiphanies

Clarity (about who we are and what we are called to do) can be elusive. We depend on ‘a-ha’ moments of insight – on epiphanies that flame into our consciousness like shooting stars. What can we do to increase the number of these moments in … read more.