Pastors’ Column

Each week one of our pastors or staff members writes a column observing what is going on in our congregation, the Church and the world, and offering reflections on the Christian life and faith. Through this series of columns, we hope to connect your and our story to the enduring story of Christ; to offer pastoral reflections on our ongoing congregational life and mission; to report on news of the Presbyterian Church and Church universal; and to invite further reflection and deeper discipleship. We welcome your comments and suggestions. In other words, our words here are an invitation to continue the conversation.

The Hill We Climb

Several months ago, an anonymous individual shattered my flat screen television with with their three-year-old fast arm and their toy tool bench. A warrant is still out, but no arrests have been made. Out of an abundance of caution, I had our new television mounted above our fireplace. I have to really look up to see it now, out of the reach of small bandits.

Builders of the Beloved Community

One of my favorite images the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used in his preaching and public ministry was that of the Beloved Community. He wrote, “Our goal is to create a beloved community, and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.” The Beloved Community is in its essence a society based on justice, equal opportunity and love of one’s fellow human beings.

Trauma and the Storming of the Capitol

What happened yesterday at our nation’s Capitol building was traumatic.

We witnessed scenes that will long be seared in our nation’s consciousness, not unlike a ship in Pearl Harbor exploding, or the gunfire that targeted the Kennedy’s motorcade in Dallas, or the Twin Towers collapsing as on September 11, 2001.

Welcoming 2021

At midnight tonight, 2020 comes to a close. 

It is both trite and insufficient to say it has been a difficult year for many. Our days were often spent in isolation, fear, and uncertainty. The causes were numerous: the pandemic, the presidential election, and racial injustices, to name a few national and global sources. Closer to home we lost loved ones, struggled to pay bills and purchase basic essentials, and lamented the physical separation from our church. 

Rainbow Reindeer Games

While the newly-approved vaccines are a light at the end of this coronavirus tunnel, we are still in a strange time where social distancing and mask-wearing remain necessary for public safety. And, on top of that, it's the holiday season. We're a week out from Christmas. Families are still navigating complex health issues, the difficulties of social distancing and distance learning, decisions about travel safety, and family expectations. It has been a truly challenging year for all of us, including our youth.

Thank you from the Hunger Committee

Early on in the pandemic, a few of the pastors searched through our church archives for information about how Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church weathered the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. Did the church shut down for an extended period of time? How did our congregation respond to the needs of those most deeply impacted by the disease?

Resurrection Window... Lord is Come

In the first week of the church’s pandemic shut down this past March, I wrote about the removal of the Resurrection Window from the east transept of the Sanctuary. On my daily walks from our manse to the church offices, the sight of that window being removed became a metaphor for my grief and uncertainty about the unfolding pandemic season. I wrote back then, “The removal of that treasured window, and all that it symbolizes for us, felt like adding insult to injury just now a few weeks before Easter.”