This podcast features homilies delivered by Pastor Sal Sapienza at Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ -- a progressive, inclusive, open and affirming faith community located in Saugatuck/Douglas, Michigan. To learn more, visit https://www.douglasucc.org
A New Commandment
As we honor mothers - biological mothers, adoptive mothers, caregivers, mentors, our Mother God, Mother Nature, and the Divine Feminine within us - Pastor Sal talks about how difficult it can be to follow the commandment of Jesus to love one another.
I am the Vine
In the gospel reading for the 5th Sunday of Easter, Jesus tells us that he is the vine and we are the branches. The Source of All Life flows through the vine and into the branches. The branches will not bear fruit if they are not connected to this Divine Flow.
Following the Shepherd’s Voice
Jesus said he was the Good Shepherd and instructed us to follow his voice. Pastor Sal talks about the UCC motto, 'God is still speaking,' and how to listen more closely to the Divine Voice that leads us to pastures of plenty where our souls can find rest.
Witnessing the Diving
Jesus told the apostles that they were witnesses. Have you ever witnessed the risen Christ in your own life? Where and when? Pastor Sal explores what it means to experience the divine, sharing wisdom from Robin Meyers, John Shelby Spong, and even Judge Judy!
The Benefits of Doubt
In the ‘Doubting Thomas’ story, one apostle doesn't believe Jesus has risen from the dead. Pastor Sal explains that doubt is an element of faith, not an obstacle. Anne Lamott writes, ‘The opposite of faith is not doubt. It is certainty.’ We hear wisdom from William Irwin, Thomas Merton, and Paul Tillich.
Resurrecting the Light
Pastor Sal talks about the hope and joy of Easter. We rejoice and rise up, as the Christ Light shows the way to new life. As we emerge from a time of darkness, that Light invites us to walk in the newness of life. It lifts us up.