Entries by Latesha Kelly

A Lenten Journey

When you start to climb a mountain, you fill your pack with as much water and food as you can carry, you add a few essentials and set off on your adventure. As the hike progresses you go through different phases—excitement, curiosity, determination, regret, despair, hopefulness, exhaustion, resolve, and finally exuberance. When you complete your […]

A Lenten Prayer

A Lenten Prayer Excuse our poor prayers Lord, for our throats are dry. Our lives are a mix of sin and righteousness. We follow you, but our hearts are broken–distracted by the cares of the world. We hear your good news, and rejoice for a moment, but your promises seem so far away. And yet, […]

The Start of Lent

T.S. Eliot’s poem Ash Wednesday begins: Because I do not hope to turn again Because I do not hope Because I do not hope to turn Eliot wrestles with the process of conversion – turning towards God. He wrestles with what that turning means and entails and requires. Such are the annual wrestling’s of Lent […]

Musical Journey through “Sent.”

On Sunday, our chronological exploration of sacred music will move us into the “Romantic” period of music. We’ll spend three Sundays, in France, Germany and England, respectively. One of the most important factors was the rise of individualism as composers sought to express something unique to their experience of the world—and not merely a well-executed […]

Theological Imagination

One of my goals this year is to help expand the “theological imagination” of the congregation. So far this includes redesigning the 3rd floor as a comprehensive children’s ministry facility; finding creative ways of using the worship service to educate and deepen our faith; and focusing the spring Christian Leadership Intensive on articulating theological reasons […]

United in Christ

As you’re reading this, I am somewhere in the White Mountains of New Hampshire on my annual mountaineering trip. This is always a highlight of my year, and I know that I’ve mentioned it more than once in conversation! In fact, hiking and mountaineering are favorite pastimes for my wife and I. Whether in the […]

Our Annual Review

It is that time of year again when every company is sending out their year-end annual reports and shareholder information. Some of these present strong results and optimistic futures. Some of them use coded language for anxiety and uncertain futures. All of them try to project how things will go in the year ahead and […]

Hope for Us All

This Sunday, we’ll read 1 Corinthians 13:11, the most famous of wedding versus, which reads: “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” Far be it from me to disagree with the Holy Book, […]

A Pastoral Note During the Federal Government Shutdown

Grace and Peace, We know that many of you in our congregation are faithful public servants, contract workers, and others who have dedicated your lives in service to your country. We understand that the extended partial shutdown has put undue stress on people who are forced to stay at home, or who continue to serve […]