Yesterday morning Presidential candidate Julian Castro visited Edith at our church.  He met with her privately for about 20 minutes, listening to her story, followed by a press conference at which Edith and he spoke.  He expressed his support for Edith and his commitment to families in similar circumstances.  Local and national press showed up.  So did lots of you.  A strong showing of people old and young (who got to miss some school) declared by their presence that we stand with Edith. 


This Friday, October 11, is National Coming Out Day.  The idea of “coming out” has an interesting history that has shifted over time.  The more prevalent understanding for today is built around the idea of “coming out of the closet” where the closet represents a hidden, secretive place from which one emerges when the time is right.

But there is an older understanding of “coming out” that is not connected with the idea of a closet as a shameful, secretive place of existence. 

Before there...

For the past two years, this church building has been home for Edith.  A community of support well beyond our congregation has formed around Edith and her family.  What initially began as the right thing to do has grown into friendship and shared life – including celebrating birthdays and graduations.  And events like this where we mark the passage of time.  Friendship has blossomed into solidarity – sharing together in the work to enable Edith to return home to the family apartment.    

The fact that Edith Espinal has been living inside a church
building, in sanctuary, for...

This Sunday at retreat will be the final week of our worship
series on our (Membership) Commitment statement.  Which means it’s time to start a new worship

That theme, for the month of October, will be Healthy
Sexuality.  I guess that means we could
either have full or very empty pews for those four weeks.      

There are any number of ways of doing this poorly.  The Church, for its part, has done a lousy
job historically of guiding us into healthy sexuality.  The Church has largely seen sex as a
necessary evil for pro-creation,...

The headline
of this morning’s Dispatch
addresses executions in Ohio and the drugs
needed to carry them out.  Despite drug makers
warning Ohio officials not to use their products for executions, the article
details multiple occasions in which state officials acquired these drugs, sending
them to the state death chamber in southern Ohio to serve as the three drug
cocktail for lethal injections.

However, there is good news on...