‘Man lernt niemals aus’: Predigt zu Markus 10, 35-45; 20. Sonntag nach Trinitatis – 17. Oktober 2021 (auf Englisch)

  Let me start with a question: why do people worship, be it in person or, right now, via a screen? Maybe people feel connected to that great cloud of witnesses, which transcends time and space, whenever they worship. Maybe these services feed them through the familiar words of song and prayer. And maybe they […]

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‘Beständigkeit in allem Wandel’: Predigt zu Markus 9, 38-49; 17. Sonntag nach Trinitatis – 26. September 2021 (auf Englisch)

    On our recent trip to Europe, my husband Fred and I must have visited around 40 churches. We saw 10 in Cologne alone – and, yes, there are quite a few interesting churches besides the famous cathedral. We saw cathedrals – and ancient humble village churches. We saw any style: Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, […]

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‘Wo ist Gott in alledem?’ Predigt zu Markus 8, 27-38; 15. Sonntag nach Trinitatis – 12. September 2021 (auf Englisch)

  Yesterday we commemorated the 20th (!) anniversary of 9/11. Can you believe it’s been 20 years? On that fateful day in 2001, 4 commercial airliners were hijacked by Muslim extremists. 3 of them plowed into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. The 4th […]

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‘Guter Hirte, schlechter Hirte, kein Hirte’: Predigt zu Markus 6, 30-34, 53-56 – 7. Sonntag nach Trinitatis; 18. Juli 2021 (auf Englisch)

California almost 24 years ago, I was going through a pastoral residency program back in Northern Germany, and I lived in a small rural community called Dötlingen. Now Dötlingen was and still is a picture book kind of village, with an oak tree in the village center that is more than 1,000 years old, half-timbered […]

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Das andere Ufer: Predigt zu Markus 4, 35-41; 3. Sonntag nach Trinitatis – 20. Juni 2021 (auf Englisch)

  Today is the first Sunday after what the State of California calls a ‘full reopening’ after 15 months of restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And though this ‘full reopening’ has a little asterisk attached to it – there are still settings like healthcare facilities, any facility involving children, and mass transit, which will […]

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‘Ein Haus, das mit sich selbst uneins ist, kann nicht bestehen – aber kann es wiederaufgebaut werden?’ Predigt zu Markus 3, 20-35; 1. Sonntag nach Trinitatis – 6. Juni 2021 (auf Englisch)

  Jesus is coming home. And his family is not happy. In today’s gospel story, it becomes very clear that Jesus and his family – mother, brothers, and sisters – don’t agree on his new way of life as the Son of God. He’s an embarrassment to them, tainting the family’s good name and reputation […]

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“Alles Gute kommt von oben”: Predigt zu Lukas 24, 44-53; Christi Himmelfahrt – 16. Mai 2021 (auf Englisch)

    The Germans have the following proverb: ‘Alles Gute kommt von oben’, which translates to, ‘all that is good comes from above’. And this proverb comes straight from the Bible, from the letter of James, the first chapter, to be exact; and this passage refers to the good gifts God, who supposedly is enthroned […]

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