“Seeds of the Kingdom” by Elizabeth Gelfeld

June 13, 2021

This Tuesday we will finish a three-week class in the School of Christian Growth, on the parables. We’re using a book by Thomas Keating, Meditations on the Parables of Jesus. [footnote 1] Keating, who died in 2018 at the age of 95, was a Trappist monk and one of the developers of Centering Prayer, based on the method of Christian contemplative prayer described in the 14th-century spiritual classic The Cloud of Unknowing.

Marjory and Mary are teaching the class, and they started off by asking us to reflect on the question, What is a parable? Here are some of the answers we came up with:

  • A metaphor for how to live
  • A story that turns our expectations upside-down
  • A lesson that is not obvious — we have to dig for it
  • It may even be subversive

Parables were a part of the Jewish Wisdom tradition before Jesus’ time, but Jesus used parables in some new and surprising ways.…

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“Procrastination vs Embodiment: A Report from My Journey” by Ken Burton

June 6, 2021

The last time I preached at Seekers was in September of 2019. Since then I have avoided it with a variety of excuses, the most recent of which is my frustration with our Zoom services, mainly that I can’t actually see any of you but rather must settle for a collection of pixels which have been electronically manipulated to approximate your appearance. And for some of you, it’s not even that but just your name or a photo. For me an important part of preaching is seeing you, being able to make eye contact and notice body language.…

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“Living as the Resurrected Body of Christ” by Pat Conover

May 30, 2021

I support the emerged language of Seekers that we are part of the Resurrected Body of Christ. It is a bold claim and it separates Seekers from the problems of the  Nicene Creed tradition as promoted by Catholics or by Protestants in the tradition of Luther or Calvin.

I understand the emerged theology of Seekers as an example of progressive trinitarian theology that has reshaped the meanings of the traditional phrases Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Naming ourselves as the Resurrected Body of Christ replaces the concept and imagery of the Son of God up in Heaven where he returned after he died on Earth.…

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“Witnessing the Spirit” by Jacqie Wallen

May 23, 2021

“Pentecost” watercolor by Jacqie Wallen

I’m going to tell you a story I told once before, once before, quite a few years ago, when I preached on Pentecost.  When I was in college, I had a Pentecost-like experience. I was at a party.  It was late at night and I had not slept at all the night before.  I had been up all night writing a paper and I had that combination of jitters and exhaustion you get when you’ve stayed up all night with the help of amphetamines.  I’d also had drunk a lot of beer at the party so I was a little drunk, perhaps even on the edge of being hallucinatory because of the combination of beer and residual speed. …

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“Undivided” by Larry Rawlings

May 16, 2021

The following is a transcript of the sermon given by Larry Rawlings, who invited three Seekers children to join him. The names of the children have been anonymized for their privacy.

LARRY: Good morning everyone. A couple of years ago, we were fortunate to have an amazing little fellow join our congregation for a while named DS – his nickname I believe is Parsley – and DS is here with us today. DS is going to be ringing the chime for me as I have some other children assist me today. So can we put DS on the screen and have him ring the chime for the first time?…

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