Author Archives: Kate Ekrem

Sermon from September 2, 2018

Click to listen to Rev. Kate Ekrem’s sermon from Sunday, September 2.

Sermon from Sunday, August 19

Here is Rev. Kate Ekrem’s sermon from Sunday, August 19. Click to listen.

Greetings from Santiago! Photos from Rev. Andrew's Sabbatical

Rev. Andrew Goldhor, our Assistant Rector, has spent his sabbatical walking the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route through Spain which ends at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. He writes, “We are just two days away from Santiago! We have met a ton of interesting people and seen a lot. It seems like we have been walking for six months but also like it has all gone by in a flash. Feeling pretty strong despite some minor ailments and excited to be nearing the end of the road. Please pass on to everyone that we are healthy and feeling grateful and happy. See you soon.”

Sermon and Music from Sunday

Sunday was a day to celebrate our choir and thank them for a wonderful year of music! We also enjoyed guest musicians Rennaisonics. Here is some music from Sunday, plus Rev. Kate’s sermon.

Earthsong, sung by the Adult Choir:

Sermon from Rev. Kate Ekrem:

Postlude by Rennaisonics:

Prelude by Rennaisonics:

 

Liberating Ourselves from Racism Resources

This is a list of articles, videos, and blogs recommended by the Diane D’Sousa of the Mission Institute who facilitated our Lenten discussion series, Liberating Ourselves from Racism. It is intended as follow-up and further reading to those in-person discussions. You can learn more about the Mission Institute here: http://themissioninstitute.org/

For those of you wanting to better understand or work with your emotions, the work of Karla McLaren inspires us. Here she challenges us to reconsider how we encounter guilt and shame.

Inspired by the many white men in the room, and for those who are interested I lift up Chris Crass’s thoughtful Tools for White Guys Who are Working for Social Change.

 For those who want to think more about the tension between action and internal work, you might appreciate the reflection of Courtney E. Martin (columnist for NPR’s On Beinghere.

To better understand the reality of Asian Americans, you can 1) read and watch here the reflections of Michael Luo, a New York Times editor, who shares his personal experiences and invites others to do the same #ThisIs2016. And 2) you can go here to hear Canwen Xu reflect on the TED stage on her Asian American experience (skip the 2 preliminary ads!).

Some of you may be inspired by “Fragile” by Joanna, who blogs as GraceRiot. Joanna speaks to her experience as a “multi-ethnic woman of color with a heart for engaging issues of social justice, cultural diversity, identity politics”. She reminds us that this work is not just an issue, but at the center of life for those among us who are people of color.

Here is the video we watched in Week 3 of the Lenten Series:

Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

We also looked at the White Supremacy Culture document of Tema Okun and Kenneth Jones. You can find the online dRWORKS copy of the work here, and a fuller description of white supremacy culture here.

Reflection on White Supremacy from The Catalyst Project

 Recommended TED Talks, including those we watched in Sunday morning adult forum:

  1. Why are we uncomfortable talking about race: https://www.ted.com/talks/mellody_hobson_color_blind_or_color_brave
  2. Implicit Bias: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qTfX4U6C_0
  3. Lots of material on systemic racism in this video: https://world-trust.org/product/cracking-codes-system-racial-inequity/
  4. Privilege Walk: commfaculty.fullerton.edu/jhayes/000-Web-HCOM100/002-Games%20&%20Activities/Privilege%20Walk%20Activity.doc  and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-BY9UEewHw&feature=youtu.be
  5. Danger of a single story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg
  6. Racism in Boston: Busing crisis of the 70’s articles: http://www.pulitzer.org/winners/farah-stockman (of course this series also just came out)
  7. The wealth gap:

https://vimeo.com/133506632
and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETR9qrVS17g
and https://www.bostonfed.org/publications/one-time-pubs/color-of-wealth.aspx

Books recommended by group participants:

Anxious to Talk about it: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism by Carolyn B. Helsel

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America, edited by Catherine Meeks

Waking Up White by Debbie Irving

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude Steele

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

Tears we Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Dyson

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by William Barber

Homegoing by Yaa Gayasi

Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony Lukas

So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Sermon from Pentecost May 20 2018

Click to listen to Rev. Kate Ekrem’s sermon from Pentecost Sunday.

Sermon and Music from Easter Sunday

Here is Rev. Kate Ekrem’s sermon from Easter Sunday:

The choir anthem was “God So Loved the World”:

And the service ended with this rousing rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus:

Celebrate Black History Month at “Lex Unwind”

Celebrate Black History Month at “Lex Unwind”
On Friday, Feb 16th, starting at 6 pm in the Great Hall, our band, “Highway 49” will transport you back in time to February 1962, playing and singing a wide selection of your favorite folk songs by Peter, Paul and Mary, the Highwaymen, Hank Williams, Joni Mitchell, the Youngbloods and many more; artists who helped focus attention on racial issues of the early 60’s. At 7 PM, see the movie, “Hidden Figures,” the courageous true account of three black female mathematicians who played a key role in launching astronaut John Glenn into outer space, making him the first American to orbit Earth.  The evening features free pizza, soft drinks and snacks. Bring your friends.  Donations are appreciated.  

Rector’s Annual Meeting Address January 28, 2018

Click to listen to the Rector’s Annual Meeting sermon

Lex Unwind Movie and Music night January 19

“Lex Unwind,” Free Music and Movie Night in the Great Hall! On Friday, Jan 19th, Jonny Clark, an accomplished classical guitarist and a student at Lexington High School, will perform classical guitar music spanning Latin-American, Baroque, and Spanish styles from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Immediately following Jonny Clark’s music, Kermit and the gang will tickle your funnybone as you watch their antics in the rollicking movie classic, “The Muppet Movie,” which will conclude at approx. 8:45 p.m. Enjoy Pizza, snacks and soft drinks throughout the evening. Doors open at 6 p.m. Donations appreciated. Enter the church from the ramp and door located at the left, rear corner of the church closest to the bike path).