Pride Sermon by Laurel Dykstra

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – Pride Day August 3rd, 2014 Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver Laurel Dykstra is a community-based scholar with a long history in intentional communities and the radical discipleship movement. Her justice work focuses on issues of urban poverty; the activism of children, youth and families; challenging white privilege; and Queer and […]

Wild Lectionary: For What Do We Give Thanks?

Proper 23(28) C Luke 17:8-11 Psalm 66:1-12 He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. (Luke 16.16) The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.” (Luke 18.11) By Wes […]

Wild Lectionary: Is This Not Prayer?

Proper 22(27) C 2 Timothy 1:1-14 By Christina Thomson A while back, I listened to an On Being podcast with Krista Tippett interviewing Seane Corn. The guest, Seane, is a yogi and teacher for many, as well as the focus of a little envy on my side because of her amazing locks. In the podcast, […]

Wild Lectionary: Hope in Worthless Places and Common Life

Proper 22, Year C By Ragan Sutterfield A couple of weeks ago I went on a birding tour of Monterey Bay. My guide on the trip was Debra Shearwater, a legend in the bird watching world, who has guided birders through those waters for over forty years. It was her birthday and it was the […]

Wild Lectionary: Balm in Gilead

Proper 20(25) C By Laurel Dykstra Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored? Jeremiah 8:22 Jeremiah’s exile lament uses the language of health and healing to speak of a return to faithfulness. The phrase has become an expression for […]

Wild Lectionary: Teach Me Wisdom in My Secret Heart

Proper 19(24) Exodus 32:7-14 Psalm 51 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-10 By Rev. Dr. Victoria Marie The words, “Your people… have acted perversely” could literally be stated today as “Your people are acting perversely.” Those words from Exodus are as applicable today as they were at the time that book of the Bible was written. […]

Wild Lectionary: Choosing Life in the Context of Climate Change

Proper 16(21)C By Zoë Tobin Peterson I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.  Deuteronomy 30:19 Growing up in Vancouver, a “green city,” I have been at the forefront of a shift […]

Wild Lectionary: Invitation to Humility – Invite Grasses

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 17 (22) Luke 14:1, 7-14 By Carmen Retzlaff 14:11 For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” — 14:13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14:14 And you will be blessed, because […]

Wild Lectionary: Agency, Age, and Attentiveness to Power

Proper 16 C Jeremiah 1:4-10 By Rachael Bullock The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to […]