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Galileo Church – a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – is a progressive Christian faith community in Mansfield, Texas. Our pastor – Rev. Dr. Katie Hays – likes to talk. She really loves to talk about the difficult, messy, and confusing questions that arise from trying to understand Jesus. These are some of the things she (and occasionally other friends of ours) shares with us in her sermons.

That's What She Said Galileo Church (Disciples of Christ)

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Galileo Church – a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – is a progressive Christian faith community in Mansfield, Texas. Our pastor – Rev. Dr. Katie Hays – likes to talk. She really loves to talk about the difficult, messy, and confusing questions that arise from trying to understand Jesus. These are some of the things she (and occasionally other friends of ours) shares with us in her sermons.

    Pride, Protest, and the Language of Lament 4/5

    Pride, Protest, and the Language of Lament 4/5

    The hate u give. The “imprecatory” (“cursing”) psalms give us permission to confess the hate that builds up in our hearts, poisoning us if we keep it in. When we ask God to hurt people who have hurt us, and/or people who are hurting others, we are demonstrating a kind of humility, submitting ourselves to God’s own judgment about who/when/whether to punish. We release the hate and its consequences from our hands, placing the enemy in God’s hands. We are not the judge, jury, executioner – as much as would like to be. It is safe to admit that here.
    To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on Venmo, Patreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

    Pride, Protest, and the Language of Lament 3/5

    Pride, Protest, and the Language of Lament 3/5

    They set your sanctuary on fire. When religion is weaponized against God’s own interests (i.e. against the dignity of the whole human family), how do the faithful remain worshipful and hopeful? This psalm tells of the infiltration and desecration of the Jerusalem temple by foreign troops. We have seen the Bible, the church, and Christian faith itself desecrated by those who claim its power for the exclusion and denigration of queer people, of black people, of women, and more. What does it mean to be Christian against the tide of evangelical (majority) support for inhumane policies and practices?
    To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on Venmo, Patreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

    Pride, Protest, and the Language of Lament 2/5

    Pride, Protest, and the Language of Lament 2/5

    In the haunt of jackals. Originally a prayer after losing in military battle, this psalm speaks to the sense that God has abandoned innocent people in their struggle. “Taunters” and “revilers” scorn the pray-ers, filling them with “disgrace” and “shame.” Their “bodies cling to the ground.” They declare their innocence – i.e. they are persecuted for the “crime” of their identity, rather than punished for any actual wrongdoing. Here we notice that this prayer could be on the lips of queer protesters at Stonewall, or black protesters at BLM riots across the country. It ends with a challenge to God: “Wake up!”
    To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on Venmo, Patreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

    Pride, Protest, and the Language of Lament 1/5

    Pride, Protest, and the Language of Lament 1/5

    The long season of Sundays after Pentecost, also called Ordinary Time, feels anything but ordinary this year. The “long pause” of the pandemic has given way to a rush of civil unrest around race and racism in this country, and there is plenty of grief to go around.
    LGBTQ+ Pride month usually evokes joyous celebration. But this year we’re contemplating how the progress achieved by one segment of the human family can be leveraged for the sake of another. We want to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter, in part by carrying on an internal, mostly white-people-to-white-people conversation about racism and white supremacy, the original and ongoing sins of the North American project and the North American church.
    We’ll use Psalm 27 as the supporting reading every week, casting it as a Pride psalm and an anti-racist psalm, as it expresses faith in the promise of divine shelter for those who are most vulnerable in this world. “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” 
    Singing at the end of the world as we know it. Jerusalemites exiled to Babylon in the 6th century BCE found it impossible to go on with life as usual. Their songs went silent. They swam in a swirl of sadness (“there we sat down and there we wept”) and rage (“happy shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us”). Psalms of lament give voice to both these feelings; both are welcome in God’s house, God’s family, God’s ear. Any church that denies or ignores the emotional/spiritual cost that is being extracted from us all is whistling in the dark.
    To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on Venmo, Patreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

    Formation: Scriptures That Made Us Who We Are 7/7

    Formation: Scriptures That Made Us Who We Are 7/7

    “On All Flesh”: the inclusive, empowering vision of church, then and now. Church leaders are prone to condescend to church members, to the point that members are infantilized and unable to imagine themselves empowered for life-with-God. At Galileo we maintain: we are each and all grown-ass adults imbued with the Holy Spirit of the living Christ. We should treat each other that way, and the ecclesial infrastructure should support that. Without that empowerment, the amazing vision of Acts 2:43-47 is impossible. Also: happy 7th birthday to us!
    To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on Venmo, Patreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

    Formation: Scriptures That Made Us Who We Are 6/7

    Formation: Scriptures That Made Us Who We Are 6/7

    When God Gets Everything God Wants: Ain’t Gonna Study War No More. The prophets of old could see it: the arc of the moral universe, bending toward justice. Here is a strong vision of economic justice powered not by violence or the threat of violence; but God’s own creative Word, speaking fairness into reality. Rev. Dr. Irie Session preaches!
    To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on Venmo, Patreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

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25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Go to hell booyah ,

A new look at old words

After spending my entire lifetime in fundamental evangelical churches, I’ve developed a gut reaction of dread when I discover another sermon has been preached, based on certain biblical passages. That knot of anxiety is loosening with the mental rewriting being done through Rev. Katie Hays sermons and podcasts. Cultural context, language of origin, and acknowledgement that the writers of the Bible are, in fact, NOT infallible are all key components of the restructuring going on in my faith-life. Being able to listen, pause, and replay key passages in the podcasts gives me a welcome midweek reminder that the God of judgement I grew up with can be replaced with the God of Love.

Kathany ,

Scripture Redeemed

The sermons at Galileo show me a perspective on scripture I've never seen before. Every time, there's a point at which I go "Ohhhhhhh!!!" and the way I think about the passage being preached on is forever changed. I grew up in a conservative fundamentalist church, and I knew my bible pretty well, so most every passage has some kind of baggage for me, something I used to believe because of the way I used to read it. Studying the bible at Galileo is like redeeming the sacred text, one passage at a time.

United Faith Leaders ,

Looking for Something Good

A good work was begun in Rev. Katie Hays a while ago and now Katie Hays has begun a good work with the next generation of faithful. Don't miss what's being done here. Drink in the traditions new and old. Find Jesus here.

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