Photo by Gotta Be Worth It on Pexels.com Third Sunday in Lent | John 4:5-42 | March 12, 2023 | Dennis Sanders, preaching It was nearly 8 years ago that First Christian Church of St. Paul made a decision to become an Open and Affirming Congregation. That means that we openly welcome LGBTQ people into... Continue Reading →
Giving Thanks in Advent World
Thanksgiving is a time of looking back and giving thanks to God. Advent is a time of looking forward and living into God's promised future. Below, I did a video on Advent and Thanksgiving in light of the recent shooting at an LGBTQ bar in Colorado Springs. https://youtu.be/pwnUqiZh-ic
Are We A Progressive Church?
Is First Christian a progressive congregation? The answer is complex.
Vespers: Happy Pride
What do LGBTQ people mean when they talk about pride?
Episode 60: We Have Some Healing To Do
On Thanksgiving, Dennis shares this rewind episode on the search for common ground.
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
Well, the Special General Conference for the United Methodist Church is done. For those of us who are LGBTQ and allies, the result was shocking and hurtful.
Sermon: That’s Me In the Corner
Galatians 1:13-17; 2:15-21 and Luke 18:9-14 Sixth Sunday of Easter Losing My Religion Sermon Series May 21, 2016 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN Click here to listen to the audio. It’s been about two years since our congregation voted to become an Open and Affirming congregation, meaning that we openly welcome Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and... Continue Reading →
Sermon: All the Small Things
We might be called at times to do difficult things, like those who took part in the civil rights marches in the 1960s, all the while facing angry mobs of people. But most of the time, it involves doing a small thing. This is why Jesus talked about how great an act was of giving someone a cup of water.
Religious conservatives and the LGBT community have to learn to make room for each other.
We Call Ourselves Disciples
My wife Jan and I have been members of First Christian Church of St. Paul for nearly 20 years. We love the congregational focus. We particularly embrace the dedication to the principles of wholeness and inclusiveness of the Disciples of Christ, that welcome everyone to the Communion Table with no exceptions. We have recently rededicated... Continue Reading →