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About God of the Sparrow

Welcome! God of the Sparrow is a blog focused on improvising with the wild, holy mess of prophetic liturgy.  Here I share liturgical stories of Church of the Pilgrims and elsewhere that involve experimentation, improvisation, acts of resistance and love, bubble machines, and tiaras. 

WHY GOD OF THE SPARROW?

God of the Sparrow the title of one of my favorite hymns, a song that reflects the web of life, the inter-dependence and sacred connection that binds together the planet. With tenderness, the hymn envisions the Holy One as a the sparrow, a whale, the cross and the grave; the hungry, sick, the pruning hook, and of the ages.

One can find sparrows nesting almost anywhere: streetlights, stoplights, gutters, bushes, and crevices of roofs. Sparrows can be found in common, public spaces and create a home almost anywhere.

Liturgy is of the same ways---we need liturgy in common, public spaces. We need liturgies that create a safe home for all. We need liturgies that train us to look up, down, and around to walk into the invitations of God, the invitations that push us to act in ways of love and justice.  

My hope is that *YOU* will be inspired from the blog to explore practices that cultivate innovative and creative space, ways that illuminate the web of life, invite risk-taking and honor the planet deeply in need of God's radical love. 

MORE ABOUT ME

I’m the Minister for Spiritual Formation at Church of the Pilgrims (PCUSA) and ordained in the United Church of Christ. I graduated from Union Theological Seminary in NYC where I fell in love with the art of liturgy.  I live with deep gratitude for several communities which have formed me along the way: Denison University, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, the Open Door Community, and Rikers Island NYC Jail. I also find life in Springsteen music, beekeeping, urban farming, vinyasa yoga, and my three kids and loveable spouse.

NOTE: While I am one of the pastors at Pilgrims and have been heavily influenced by this radical, risk-taking, prophetic community, the thoughts on this blog are my own.