The Rev. Sue Redfern-Campbell

Keeping the Flame of Hope Alive

Services at 9:00 and 10:30 AM. Third Sunday in Advent. This Sunday falls in the middle of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, an 8-day commemoration of the Maccabean overthrow of colonial rule. A Talmudic story tells how a jug of oil expected to last only one night, burned instead for eight. How do we keep the flame alive in these challenging times? How do we sustain strength and courage when events around us threaten to deplete us?

Advent Vespers

This will be a quiet service, focusing on the contemplative dimensions of Advent, Hanukkah, and Solstice. They’re meant to give you a break from hectic preparations, some time to pause and reflect on the deeper meanings of the holidays.

The Gospel as Subversive Literature

Second Sunday in Advent. In our time, it’s astonishing how the Gospels, the stories of Jesus of Nazareth, have been misappropriated.  It’s been used to defend the exclusion of immigrants, mistreatment of LGBTQ people, American hegemony in the world, and most recently, the sexual abuse of young women. But the main current of the gospels runs counter to all of these. On this Human Rights Sunday, let’s consider how this is so.

Advent Vespers

This will be a quiet service, focusing on the contemplative dimensions of Advent, Hanukkah, and Solstice. They’re meant to give you a break from hectic preparations, some time to pause and reflect on the deeper meanings of the holidays.

#DoNotBeAfraid

First Sunday in Advent. The biblical stories leading up to Christmas are full of angels bearing messages. Marcia McFee notes that these angels would have been very much at home in our world of tweets and hashtags. Their messages tended to be short and to the point, and their favorite line was #DoNotBeAfraid. What messages we can offer that will fly in the face of our culture of fear – to bring more hope, more peace, more joy, and more love to the world?

A Harvest of Gratitude

Services at 9:00 and 10:30 AM. On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we give thanks for the harvest, and for everything that blesses our lives. The minister preaches at the 9 a.m. service; the 10:30 service is an inter-generational celebration.

Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Services at 9:00 and 10:30 AM. On the world stage, we see nations locked into what looks like irreconcilable conflict.  But sometimes, stories of peacemaking emerge from these seemingly impossible situations.  What can these stories teach us?

A Service of Remembrance for All Souls

Service at 9:00 and 10:30 AM. This time of year lends itself to remembrance of our loved ones.  Ancient peoples believed that the membrane separating heaven and earth was especially thin at this time.  This annual service commemorates those church members who have died during the past 12 months, in addition to departed friends and … Continued

Civil Discourse

Services at 9 and 10:30 AM. When the President of the United States thinks it’s okay to call fellow citizens “S.O.B.s,” we have a serious problem.  It’s been building for a long time, but has become especially virulent in the last year.  What can we do to restore civil discourse in our country?  And do … Continued

In Praise of Goofing Off

One service only at 10:30 AM. This service is designed to help us get ready for summer, with its more relaxed pace.  It also lifts up the value of Sabbath throughout the year.