Sermons & Other Thoughts from Rev. Brian Chenowith

Month: June, 2016

Reflecting on the Orlando Massacre

My reading today is a simple one.  It comes to us from the Beatitudes of Jesus of Nazareth found in the Gospel of Matthew:

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Here is how I imagined today.  I imagined little slips of paper being folded nicely in each order of service.  I imagined enough pens and pencils to go around.  I imagined soft music playing in the background as people wrote on those slips of paper and put them in a collection plate. 

I imagined the sound of the papers being put in a box.  And I imagined the joy in pulling each piece of paper at random from the box and answering the question one of you had written on it.  Today was to be our first ever Question Box Sunday.

A Sunday where the gathered people are free to ask the minister any question relating to religion and as the questions are pulled at random, with no knowledge of what they may be, the answers serve as the sermon for the day.  It is at once a joyful and somewhat petrifying premise for a end of the church year service.

Today it won’t be happening.  But it will, no doubt, in a couple months, I can assure you of this.  Keep your eyes open for it.  You now have time to think of the most absurd or most thoughtful questions possible.  But today, there is only one question that rests on my heart, and, I pray, it may be resting on your heart as well.  Read the rest of this entry »

[BLOG] Update

Last month my first blog post was picked up by Nature’s Path over at Patheos.  It is a specifically earth-centered and Unitarian Universalist focused blog and I am delighted to be joining their team.  I join as someone who is greatly inspired by earth-centered traditions — in addition to the other sources of our faith.  I look forward to seeing how this unfolds.

In the meantime, posts here will try to focus on ministry-specific content, while Patheos will provide various perspectives on engaging earth-centered traditions.

You can find the first two posts to Patheos here:

Are You There Odin? It’s Me, Brian.

Strike the Match