It’s been a violent summer, a violent year, in the United States. On Friday, I read that so far there have been 204 mass shootings in the US in 2015; Friday was the 204th day of the year. It’s estimated, because for some reason no one keeps official records, 516 people have been killed by law enforcement officers in 2016. There was Charleston, the shootings in Tennessee and Lafayette, LA that occurred this past week. We had the spate of shooting incidents in Madison this spring, some of them hitting close to home to members of our congregation. Continue reading
After hearing today’s readings, you might suspect that I selected them for the occasion, as we make last minute preparations for the beginning of construction today and over the next few days. But that’s not the case. As you know, we follow the lectionary and so the fact that we heard the story of David’s desire to build a temple, and the famous image of Christ the cornerstone from Ephesians, are only coincidental. Continue reading
Are y’all already as tired of the presidential campaign as I am?
. It’s not just that our own governor has announced he’s a candidate for President; it seems like every day we hear about another Republican who has thrown his or her hat into the ring. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders has already visited Madison and the media are paying close attention to the horse race between him and Secretary Clinton. Apart from the entertainment value of Donald Trump’s outrageous statements, I expect that by next November we will be weary of it all, even while we have to gear up for the next cycle to begin in January of 2017. Continue reading