Voices of Community Blog


Leon Sullivan: Using the Power We Have

During Black History Month, the Race & Privilege Committee invites you to reflect on how Spirit and Scripture have come alive in black history in our city. Each week, we will hear a short story of an important black leader in Philadelphia history, and how their life connects to the Scripture passages for that day. […]


Octavius Catto: Choosing Life and Blessing

During Black History Month, the Race & Privilege Committee invites you to reflect on how Spirit and Scripture have come alive in black history in our city. Each week, we will hear a short story of an important black leader in Philadelphia history, and how their life connects to the Scripture passages for that day. […]


Richard Allen’s Struggle Against Fake News

During Black History Month, the Race & Privilege Committee invites you to reflect on how Spirit and Scripture have come alive in black history in our city. Each week, we will hear a short story of an important black leader in Philadelphia history, and how their life connects to the Scripture passages for that day. […]


Reportback from John’s Time in Standing Roc

Dear church, I am writing this from a coffee shop in Chicago. I am so grateful for each one of you, for your prayers sent to me and to the water protectors in Standing Rock, and I apologize not having better communication while I was there (it seems that my phone likes the cold even […]


Afflicting the Powerful, Over and Over Again (Luke 18:1-8)

Luke 18:1-8 Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice […]


Thanking our Healers (Luke 17:11-19)

As some of you may know, we have started a two-month series call Paul Fall (#PaulFall), examining the writings and context of the apostle Paul. This means (*gasp*) that we are going off the Lectionary until the start of Advent. But the Lectionary continues to roll on, and so each week I will offer a […]


Church Retreat Every Day!

This past weekend was my first ever GMC retreat, and I was nervous. I was glad there were other people who were new to church retreat, so I had people to be nervous around! It gave me a lot of joy to be reminded this past weekend that our church knows that “church” and “retreat” […]


Finding Faith in Each Other

Earlier this week, Amy and I went to see a presentation at the Germantown Jewish Centre by the organization Roots, which promotes dialogue and understanding between Israeli settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank. Normally, I dislike these sort of organizations and don’t go to their events. When someone like Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger stands up […]


Notes to Self 2

The following are the reflections I had upon the transition of our congregational committees in June 2016. I shared these at our meeting where committee chairs and members were elected: Notes to Self: Be grateful, and express gratitude for all the volunteers who serve on committees, and particularly the consistent, dependable, labor-intensive work of the […]


Church Is Not An Easy Place For Me, And Yet…

Church is not an easy place for me to be. I grew up in church, or to be more exact; I lived in churches, planted churches, taught in churches, cooked in churches, performed in churches, cleaned in churches, burned out in churches. My parents were conservative, fundamentalist missionaries in Europe who felt called to save […]