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Authenticity of Spirit

Take a drive up Highway 49 from Jackson to Clarksdale, the Mississippi Delta, cradle of American music. Savor the view of vast fields of cotton, small towns, and many place markers where towns used to be, before time and machines wore them away. Breathe the sweet country air. By the time you intersect Highway 61,…

September 24th, 2017 Congregational Meeting Minutes

  Congregation Meeting Minutes for September 24, 2017 Introductions The Current State of Congregation and Participation Jennifer Aull tells everyone we will be using Robert’s Rules to govern the meeting. She gives a brief background on the committees that were recently set up to explore ways that our church could be more welcoming. The outstanding question is how to coordinate and organize…

The Importance of Doubt

What do Metallica and Marvin Gaye Have in Common? I don’t need the second week of Easter to shine a light on Doubting Thomas and all “ye of little faith.” Questioning faith is a year-round practice for me, and one I recommend to stay aligned with God. The hearty congregation of our beautifully edgy Greenpoint…

Your Favorite Musician May Die This Year

“We are all in a process of actively dying, or not thinking about it,” to paraphrase Reverend Jennifer Aull, Co-Pastor of Greenpoint Reformed. Don’t worry… I am not going down a dark trail here. I think, and I hope, I have something helpful to say on this subject. Within the past decade, I lost my…

Beach House and the Spirituality of Music

“We need music. I really think it’s one of the most versatile, powerful art forms, because it’s how people figure out why they’re existing, and helps people to believe in something.” -Victoria Legrand of the band Beach House, 2015 Beach House were the answer to my prayers. This past summer I was feeling distressed that…

Does the Music of Joy Division Belong in Church?

Honesty is a huge part of the appeal of Greenpoint Reformed—honesty that we are not perfect, we have moments of darkness, and that sometimes we have doubts about our faith. As pastor CB Stewart pointed out in his sermon on April 17th, it is by acknowledging our doubts and confusion that makes us more present,…

The Music of the Spheres

Last Sunday, I kicked-off our church service with a sing-along performance of “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space,” as recorded by the band Spiritualized. It sounded beautiful, and was a long-time dream fulfilled for me. But the performance proved to be divinely connected to a number of things that played out seemingly coincidentally.…

Ordination – Answering a Call

This past Sunday, as New York was digging out from mountains of snow, I celebrated one of the most important days of my life – I was ordained into authorized ministry in the United Church of Christ. Surrounded by friends, family, mentors in ministry, seminary colleagues, and my home church community – Kirkwood UCC –…

Don’t Give Up Chocolate This Lent

This ad caught my attention.  I am not interested in the Dynamic Catholic program, but this ad is different. For some of us, Lent is all about giving things up- chocolate, meat, or something else desirable.  For others of us Lent is not something we have ignored.  Didn’t sound like much fun so why find…