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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…

Last Advent Reflection of the Season

ANGEL-FILLED ADVENT by Ann Weems   Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Advent came filled with angels and alleluias? Wouldn’t it be perfect if we were greeted on these December mornings with a hovering of heavenly hosts tuning their harps and brushing up on their fa-la-las? Wouldn’t it be incredible if their music filled our waking hours with the promise of peace on…