Join us for a round-robin Lenten sermon series by some of the Beaverton area progressive pastors.
Feb. 14th – Mar. 13th
@ Christ United Methodist Church
February 14, 2016
Pastor: Rev. Laurie Caesar Larson
Home Church: Mission of the Atonement (a Catholic-Lutheran cooperative parish)
Sermon Title: Is God Male?
Scripture: Gen 2:4-9, 15-25; 1 Cor 14:26, 30-35; Luke 24:1-11
Bio: Laurie Larson Caesar is co-pastor of Mission of the Atonement and has been journeying with the community for more than thirteen years. Her Master of Divinity was earned in 1992 at Harvard Divinity School, with a focus on Martin Luther and Lutheran theology, women and spirituality, and ongoing interfaith conversations. In 1994, she studied for a year at the Graduate Theological Union and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California.
If you could be any character from fiction who would it be? I’d like to be Hermione Granger. She can be in two places at the same time, she’s smart, fun, kind, loyal and heroic, and she gets to hang out with the most interesting friends ever.
What’s your favorite movie? I like stand-up comedy. Jim Gaffigan’s stand-up HBO specials are amazing.
Where do you like to go on your day off? Any place I can walk the dog, or sip coffee with a friend, or read a book in a warm corner, I’m happy. I also have a pathological love of any music with a banjo or mandolin, so if that’s playing I’m in heaven.
What are you reading? I’m reading too many books, all at the same time.
Fiction: The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks, How to be Both by Ali Smith, Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt,
Nonfiction: The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell, This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, The Fastest Things on Wings by Terry Masaer, and Sabbath as Resistance by Walter Brueggeman.
What’s your favorite ice cream? I like chocolate peanut butter ice cream – the kind that’s pure chocolate, with smooth, chewy peanut butter blobs inside.
February 21, 2016
Pastor: Rev. Mary Sue Evers
Home Church: Cedar Hills United Church of Christ
Sermon Title: The Bible: Why Bother?
Scripture: Matthew 22:34-40
Bio: A graduate of Chicago’s McCormick Theological Seminary, and a former Merrill Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, she is particularly interested in the ongoing discoveries of New Testament scholarship, environmental ethics, and the intersections between faith and daily life.
If you could be any character from fiction who would it be? The weatherman in the movie Groundhog Day – I could use some repeating days to catch up with myself. 34 years might be about right.
What’s your favorite movie? Rear Window. Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, a meaty mystery, romantic tension — what more could you want?
Where do you like to go on your day off? Any place in my canoe. Or barring that, a coffee shop with a friend, or a good book.
What are you reading? The Log from the Sea of Cortez, a Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research. John Steinbeck and his close friend, biologist Ed Ricketts, go on a month long expedition in the Sea of Cortez. They travel and collect marine specimens by day, drink beer and talk philosophy at night.
What’s your favorite ice cream? My sister’s homemade vanilla.
February 28, 2016
Pastor: Rev. John Shuck
Home Church: South Minster Presbyterian Church
Sermon Title: Who Cares? So What? I Don’t Know. Whatever…
Scripture: Genesis 4:1-17; Qur’an 5:27-32
Bio: John Shuck began serving Southminster, January 1, 2015. Since his ordination in 1992, he has served congregations in Lowville, New York, Billings, Montana, and Elizabethton, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary.
John has been involved in the work of the Westar Institute (the Jesus Seminar). Westar promotes the advancement of religious literacy. John is proud that Southminster engages spirituality and critical thinking. John is a signatory of the Clergy Letter Project that advocates scientific literacy including teaching Evolutionary Theory. John’s favorite Sunday is Evolution Sunday on the Sunday closest to Charles Darwin’s birthday.
He hosts a radio show called “Religion For Life.” It can be heard on several radio stations as well as podcast. For information about upcoming shows as well as sermons, articles, and links to podcasts, go to John’s website www.religionforlife.com.
One of John’s passions is advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in the church and in society. He is on the coordinating team for Presbyterian Voices for Justice and is honored to serve a congregation that is More Light and fully inclusive.
John and Beverly have a daughter, Katy, who lives in Johnson City, Tennessee with her wife, Amber. The Shucks are also the proud parents of Zachary Andrew Shuck, who passed away on June 28th, 2012.
If you could be any character from fiction who would it be? Jesus. Walking on water would be the bomb.
What’s your favorite movie? Tie between The Wizard of Oz and It’s A Wonderful Life
Where do you like to go on your day off? Spend time with Bev and play with the dogs.
What are you reading? The Revenant by Michael Punke
What’s your favorite ice cream? Raspberry
March 6, 2016
Pastor: Rev. Dr. Brett Strobel
Home Church: Christ United Methodist United Methodist Church
Sermon Title: Why God? Why?
Scripture: Job 9:14-20, 27-35
Bio: Rev. Dr. Brett Strobel is a United Methodist Pastor appointed to his 10th year at Christ United Methodist Church in Cedar Mill area in Portland, OR. He is married to Melinda Strobel, and father to two sons. Rev. Strobel received his Masters of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta, and GA earned his PhD. from the Graduate Theological Foundation with his residency at Oxford University, Oxford, UK. His dissertation is entitled, “Spiritual but not Religious: An Examination of the Post-Christendom Church and Postmodern Paradigms of Authority.” He is also an adjunct faculty member at Marylhurst University, teaching Ethics, New Testament and is a Master Thesis advisor and reader.
If you could be any character from fiction who would it be? Gandalf; he’s wise, knowledgable, can do magic, gets to travel and meet interesting people, and welds a mean staff.
What’s your favorite movie? There are so many! I don’t think I can choose.
Where do you like to go on your day off? Spend time with my wife, taking walks, reading.
What are you reading? “God’s Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science” by James Hannam
What’s your favorite ice cream? Chocolate.
March 13, 2016
Pastor: Rev. Larry Snow
Home Church: Murray Hills Christian Church
Sermon Title: God?
Scripture: Exodus 3:13-15, Psalm 8, 1st John 4:7-21, John 1:1-5, 10 – 13
Bio: Rev. Dr. Larry Snow is the senior member of this group. Raised in Boise, Idaho, he attended Northwest Christian College from 1971 – 1975, receiving a B.S. degree. Larry then attended Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University receiving an M.Div. degree in 1978. He was ordained by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest in 1978. Larry returned to TCU receiving a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1990. He and Joan have been married since 1974 and have two children, Christ & Melissa and one new grandchild; Timothy. Larry served congregations in Texas and Missouri before being called to Murray Hills Christian Church 12 years ago.
Larry and Joan took up tandem-bicycle riding back in Missouri but still ride regularly logging some 2,000 miles a year. This summer Larry will be participating in a third expedition to the Bowron Lakes Canoe Area of British Columbia, a 72 mile trip across 7 lakes.