Clergy Reflection – August 18, 2017

  SKOKIE     My suburban Chicago high school had about 4,000 students during my school years. About half of them came from Jewish-heritage households and the other half from Christian-heritage households. I can recall going to my friend Jeff’s house for Seder, and he coming to my house for a Confirmation party. Neither one Read more…

Clergy Reflection – August 11, 2017

DELIVERABLES My Father hired and oversaw the work of many people in his career as an investment banker. Even as a young child, I can recall him talking to my Mother about his work day. One salesman had irked him by failing to follow up with a customer who had a known interest in a Read more…

Clergy Reflection – July 7, 2017

Clergy Reflection     Working 9 to 5 In my childhood memory, most of the adults I knew who worked outside the home were called “white collar” workers and held what were called “9 to 5” jobs, meaning they arrived at an office by 9:00 AM every work day and left it at 5:00 PM Read more…

Clergy Reflection – June, 2017

Clergy Reflection June 30, 2017     I love infant baptisms. The guileless little ones “steal the show.” If the candidate vocally rebels at the imposition of the water, it’s just the blockades to the Spirit being knocked down. If the candidate happily accepts it, it’s a contented child. The minister can’t lose! Our candidate Read more…

Clergy Reflection – June 23, 2017

  Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last week I had the wonderful privilege of hosting our talented St. John’s choir at my home in Boxford for an end-of-the-year Choir Party. Most of the choir and their significant others were able to be there and we had a delightful time eating, talking, laughing and catching up with Read more…

Clergy Reflection – June 9, 2017

  Dear Brothers and Sisters, “Showing up is 80 percent of life. Sometimes it’s easier to hide home in bed. I’ve done both.” – Woody Allen As we enter these summer months it becomes easier to skip church on a Sunday because we are traveling or having outdoor adventures. Completely understandable. I myself have been Read more…

Clergy Reflection – June 2, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This past Monday, it was my honor and pleasure to march as part of the Beverly Farms Memorial Day Parade. Over the course of the almost two hours I had the opportunity to chat with the other marchers including Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill, several of the city council members including Ward Read more…

Clergy Reflection – May 19, 2017

Pentecost People On June 4th, we celebrate the festival day of Pentecost ( literally “50th day,” observed in many Christian communions as the fiftieth day after Easter Day). It is the day when the liturgy focuses on the gift of the Holy Spirit to sustain the Church throughout its life and the spiritual journeys of Read more…

Clergy Reflection – May 12, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last year I was privileged to join Joanne Patton as her guest for an evening honoring Operation Troop Support. We gathered with many of their volunteers and supporters for a wonderful dinner, music, and awards ceremony. Joanne is one of the founders of OTS, and, as you might imagine, was well Read more…

Clergy Reflection – April 29, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers, One of the great joys of my life is sitting by the marsh in our backyard. Bill and I have a couple of chairs back there, and from their seats we can survey a large beautiful marsh, cattails, grasses, woods, damp breezes, and a myriad of wildlife. In the evenings, there Read more…