Disarming the Bible & recapturing the ancient, complex, inspired, still-speaking story of scripture

September 7, 2018

War stories. Forgiveness. Genocide. Resurrection. Polygamy. Covenant. Anger, joy, fear, love, grief & gratitude. Even a pregnant virgin & a talking donkey. It’s all in there. The Bible contains a collection of experiences, poems, songs, letters and stories that tell us about God, about one another, about what it means to be alive. In some mysterious & […]

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Beach & Baptism Gathering

September 4, 2018

It has become a tradition of our community to choose a Sunday at the end of summer when we head to the beach to remember our baptisms, to celebrate baptism & to just enjoy spending time together. This year, it’s happening on Sunday, September 30th at Little Talbot Island & everyone is invited. Baptism is […]

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Becoming Children

August 9, 2018

The writer of 1 John repeatedly refers to the friends he is writing to as “children of God.” It’s easy to brush right past these words, but maybe we should let them sink in a little. After all, he’s writing to adults. He’s writing to people who have wisdom & experience. He’s writing to friends […]

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Tattoo storytelling & owning our un-orthodoxy

May 30, 2018

In a recent social media conversation, I was described as “unorthodox” (some of you are already starting to laugh). While the rebellious part of me loved that designation, the pleaser part was left a little unsettled. Me? Unorthodox? Is that a joke? Did I read that right? While unorthodox technically means “contrary to what is […]

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A word about healing, worthiness & women’s bodies

May 15, 2018

This is the message shared on mother’s day, Sunday, May 13th during our community gathering. It is part of our “Embody: practicing resurrection through our bodies” series & is based on Luke 13:10-17. — Last Thursday,19-year-old Noura Huseein was sentenced to death. Noura grew up in Sudan, where it’s legal for a girl to be married […]

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Healing Our Broken & Beloved Bodies

May 8, 2018

This is the message that was shared on Sunday, May 6th during our community gathering. It is part of our “Embody: practicing resurrection through our bodies” series & is based on the following scriptures: So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them. – Genesis 1:27a A leper came to […]

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Re-imagining church & practicing sabbath

April 27, 2018

One of The Well’s core practices is that of “re-imagining” & we describe it like this: “While we respect and seek to follow a rich Christian heritage, we also value our freedom to creatively re-imagine the church in our current context. We are committed to questioning and critiquing our current practices, and are open to […]

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An invitation to come home

April 16, 2018

This is the message that was shared on Sunday, April 8th during our gathering. It is part of our “Embody: practicing resurrection through our bodies” series & is based on John 21:1-14. — I came across a painting this week that captured my attention. It’s a painting by David Hayward entitled “I Embrace My Roots” (to […]

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Let’s start here: bodies do matter.

April 12, 2018

This is the message that was shared on Sunday, April 8th during our gathering. It is part of our “Embody: practicing resurrection through our bodies” series & is based on John 20:19-31. — On my 40th birthday, I had the honor of performing my beloved grandmother’s funeral. It was one of the most difficult, yet richest […]

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Practicing resurrection through our bodies

April 5, 2018

“The Word became flesh & blood…” – John 1:14 The entirety of the gospel springs from this one not-so-minor detail: God came to us in a flesh & blood human being. Jesus came in a body. Through his body, we see what love & justice & generosity look like. Through his body, we see what […]

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