What We Might Hear From Ferguson

Dear Beloved, It may be we hear today what the Grand Jury in Ferguson, MO will do – indict the officer, Darren Wilson, who killed Michael Brown or let him go. Either way, we belong to God. No matter what they do, Michael Brown, another Black mother’s son has died, and either way, we belong…

Time Was When I Wasn’t Able to Pray.

Time was when I wasn’t able to pray. I got confused between the imperfect institution of the church and the divine presence I experienced when I played music or felt/heard a paintbrush move across paper, smelled the vinegar-ish scent of white oak sawed, beheld the complex beauty of a person. I thought for the longest…

Learning to Pray without Ceasing

Dear Beloved, For six weeks, from this Sunday until Advent, Hope Central is focusing on prayer. We want to learn to pray, discover new ways to pray, to experience our prayer more deeply, collectively and individually. As praying people, we are like Jesus, following Jesus. Over and over in our gospel stories of Jesus, Jesus…

Beginning with Pancakes: the Slow Work of Forgiveness

Dear Beloved, Our Lenten practice starts next week. We’ll start with eating, of course, pancakes and syrup, and a funny telling of sins in such a way as to not identify our sins with our humanity. As a people, we’ll reassure the ones who’ve confessed that there is nothing that can separate us from the…

Guest Blogger: Angela Letizia on Spiritual Gifts

Last May I came back to Hope Central Church after six months of being away. And I was quite surprised by what I saw: at almost every service there were many people that I didn’t recognize. I’m not talking about visitors. I’m talking about the fact that in a period of six months Hope Central…

Why Do We . . .?

We do somethings at Hope Central Church, in our services and around the place, and nobody remembers why. We do somethings for very specific reasons. Are there things you wonder about? Do you wonder why we light candles? Why we sing Alleluia before and after we read scripture? Why we have a chalice of wine…