Pastor's Corner

Julian’s article in each “Messenger”

23Jun 2012

Black America may be ready to pull the plug on me after saying this, but it must be said: The JS Roundhouse Mid – aka “The Shackle Shoe” – is NOT an allusion to slavery. It only takes someone who was GROWN in the 80’s to think otherwise. A younger generation (those of us reaching […]

30May 2012

Click here to view a collection of opinions on the impact of President Obama’s most recent articulation of his view of same-sex marriage. It ranges from deeply Conservative to unabidingly Liberal, and even includes a few thoughts from your pastor 😉 You’ll see that the dialogue has “progressed” much in their comments, but we can […]

13Apr 2012

I don’t do well at the symphony.  It’s not that I don’t like them (in fact, I love them), but they become a bit tedious for my over-active brain. The big thing is: I never know when to clap. You’ll have to remember I am a member of the hip hop generation; we are used […]

16Mar 2012

  A few weeks ago, the internet became a public square hosting dialogue around the actions of one Joseph Kony. Kony is a military leader in Uganda – of the Lord’s Resistance Army – so I don’t have to tell you he also considers himself a righteous man. Kony has been active in Uganda since […]

17Feb 2012

Kanye West and Jay-Z are no doubt names you have heard, though I’d be shocked (and pleasantly surprised) if you came to me next Sunday reciting any of their lyrics. Their most recent collaborative project, Watch The Throne, is fun, unapologetically boastful, boisterous, and (my favorite) “provocative.” Take for example the lyrics to the opening […]

09Jan 2012

A lot of self-help books teach us that growth is the function of increasingly acquired skills, more relationships and expanded networks, sound investing and ways to create more streams of revenue, more degrees…that type of stuff. All great advice, and all operating under a similar basic assumption:  Growth is about adding to what you already […]

16Dec 2011

“There must be always remaining in every man’s life some place for the singing of angels — some place for that which in itself is breathlessly beautiful and by an inherent prerogative, throwing all the rest of life into a new and creative relatedness — something that gathers up in itself all the freshets of […]

27Nov 2011

About a year ago I was freshly married, freshly crowned a “Master of All Things Divine” (that’s what we call the M.Div, to ward off depression), and about to start my first job. Yep, this small church in Hyde Park had called me to be their senior minister – a risk for all parties involved. […]

11Oct 2011

Inventors of technology are known for stuff and not ideas. From Ben Franklin to Eli Whitney to Nicola Tesla to Bill Gates: each of these people we associate with a thing. Steve Jobs was no different. Say the name “Steve Jobs” to someone sitting next to you and ask what pops up. They are inevitably […]

14Sep 2011

(taken from the September 2011 Messenger) Well, not exactly. But the board and I did meet on September 8th to do a bit of visioning as we move forward into the Fall and *sigh* Winter. A potluck was involved, per University Church custom (our translation of Matthew 18:20 reads, “Where two or three are gathered, […]