Christ Church, Presbyterian welcomes you!
Please join us for worship on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Click here for more information on what’s in store…
Christ Church, Presbyterian, worships each Sunday at 4:00pm on the lower level of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington, VT. All are welcome!
If you have questions, we can be reached in the following ways…
Phone: (802) 862-1898
Christ Church, Presbyterian
PO Box 574
Burlington, VT 05402-0574
Somewhere beyond belief, our hearts know…
We’re a warm family of Christians who welcome you to our community of faith, no matter what your background. Some of us grew up in a church; some of us had never explored our spiritual life; most of us are somewhere in between. Together we seek to discern who Christ is and what He offers and asks of us. We’re people in mission, trying to make a difference through our inclusive, healing life together and our variety of work within the wider community and the world. We welcome everyone to our work and worship, celebrating the diversity of human beings God has created.
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August 30, 2015
by Christ Church
August 23, 2015 – Rachel Fraumann
I am a self declared othoprax-heretic. Orthodox is a common enough word meaning “right opinion” or “right belief.” Othoprax means “right practice” or “right action.” Heretic is so often connected to heresy, an unacceptable opinion that contradicts the “right opinion” of the religious authorities, that we have forgotten that its origin comes from the greek word αἱρετικός (hairetikos) simply meaning “able to choose.” As an orthoprax-heretic I choose right action over right belief as the basis for my faith. I say to my youth ministry students rather often that I don’t really care what they say they believe, because people can say anything. Instead, I am more interested in what they do, because what they do will show me what they believe. Continue Reading →
June 30, 2015
by Paul Jordan
In Richard Rohr’s recent book, “Dancing Standing Still”, he quotes author Neil Postman who, several years ago wrote “Amusing Ourselves to Death” which was a comparison of George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” Postman claims that contrary to common belief, even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required. People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their very capacity to think. Orwell feared those who would ban books. Huxley feared there would be no reason to ban books because nobody wanted to read one. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. In the book, “1984”, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In “Brave New World”, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us. Continue Reading →
June 7, 2015
by Christ Church
By Rev. Debbie Ingram
I HAVE A CARTOON FROM THE NEW YORKER ON MY REFRIGERATOR. A FRIEND GAVE IT TO ME A FEW YEARS AGO. IT DEPICTS TWO MEN, OBVIOUSLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, IN ANCIENT TIMES, GOING OVER A LONG SCROLL THAT HAS BEEN PARTIALLY UNROLLED. ONE MAN HAS A HALO OVER HIS HEAD AND A PEN IN HIS HAND, AND THE OTHER SAYS TO HIM, “QUIT WORRYING ABOUT CORROBORATING YOUR SOURCES. IT’S NOT AS IF ANYONE’S GOING TO TAKE ALL THIS LITERALLY.” Continue Reading →
May 23, 2015
by Carole Carlson
A Poem for Pentecost
Unless the eye catch fire,
The God will not be seen.
Unless the ear catch fire
The God will not be heard.
Unless the tongue catch fire
The God will not be named.
Unless the heart catch fire,
The God will not be loved.
Unless the mind catch fire,
The God will not be known.
William Blake (1757-1827) from Pentecost
Ezekiel 37: 1-14
Acts 2 (Selections)
By Rev. Carole Carlson
It was the strangest aircraft I had ever observed; it looked a bit like a gigantic model plane that had not been glued together properly. The odd contraption was flying very low, heading across the highway toward the airfield off to my right. I was traveling in my car after retrieving an old friend from the Tucson airport; Marjorie and I were vacationing in SE Arizona, and my California friend, Sue, had flown in to visit with us for a couple of days. And while we were busily talking, this “thing,” flew in front of us. Sue said, “What in the world?” I said, “It doesn’t have windows.” Then, simultaneously, we both said, “It’s a drone.” And we watched it continue its descent to one of the many landing areas at Fort Huachuca, an enormous US Army intelligence center in Sierra Vista.
Compared to aircraft carriers and high tech fighter jets, the cost of this piece of equipment is small change for the Pentagon and CIA Continue Reading →
April 19, 2015
by Christ Church
By Nancy Kilgore
Did you ever say to yourself, ‘I’m too old. I can’t do that.”? Or “It’s too late . I can’t learn to play an instrument or a learn a new language.” I have a young friend who wanted to go to film school, but was convinced she needed to have several films already produced before she could apply. And she hadn’t done that in college. So she was giving up, because, at the age of 21 she felt it was too late to start building a portfolio.
Isn’t it a sad commentary on our culture when we are permeated with a mindset that pushes us into such narrow belief about our human potential? If you haven’t done it by age – (fill in the blank) you can’t do it. I remember at the age of forty thinking about going back to school to get my doctorate. “But I’m too old,” I thought. “I can’t do that.” But then, through some intelligence beyond my cynical laughing self, I did do that. Of course, now looking back, forty doesn’t seem old at all. In fact, it seems quite young.
And here we have the preposterous story of Abraham and Sarah being told they would become father and mother of a child at ages 100 and 90. Of course they laughed. Who wouldn’t? Continue Reading →
April 5, 2015
by Mike Brown
Mark 16: 1-8
“Debriefing” by J. Barrie Shepherd
from Robin Meyers, Saving Jesus from the Church
Luke 24: 13-35
“Logos” by Mary Oliver
Frederick Buechner was right. When I look back and remember, it’s easy to produce fond memories of Christmas—there was so much pageantry and festivity: everything from being the prophet Isaiah in my green bathrobe for the Christmas play, to all those delights waiting under the tree, usually involving things that ran on batteries, or chocolate, or both. Of course, I now know that Christmas lays its own peculiar stresses on families, and mine was no exception. It’s a holiday ready-made for pretending everything’s wonderful, even when everything in many if not most families is decidedly not always wonderful.
Easter wasn’t like any of that. Even back then in ancient history there was very little in my world that lent itself to Easter (ooh. “Lent” itself, get it?). Apart from what happened in church, of course. Even with that, it was most certainly over by noon. Oh, you might have some kind of special family dinner, or you might make yourself sick gorging on all the chocolate bunnies you could lay your hands on, but that’s about it. I mean, did you ever get an Easter card? I do remember one year going to a sunrise service in an air-conditioned shopping mall, but I can’t remember a takeaway from that other than the disgruntlement of having to go to church again. But still, over by noon. Continue Reading →
March 29, 2015
by Mike Brown
Mark 11: 1-11
On the outskirts of Jerusalem
the donkey waited.
Not especially brave, or filled with understanding,
he stood and waited.
How horses, turned out into the meadow,
leap with delight!
How doves, released from their cages,
clatter away, splashed with sunlight!
But the donkey, tied to a tree as usual, waited….
These few lines from Mary Oliver’s poem, “The Poet Thinks about the Donkey,” suggest that the animal knew at some level that something was going to happen, just not exactly what. Actually, my limited research has found that most poetry that has anything to do with Palm Sunday seems to feature the “donkey” more than anything else. Or the colt, as Mark has it, but poets seem to like donkeys better for some reason. We do get “donkey” from the gospels of both Matthew and John, and in fact Matthew has a donkey and a colt. Dominic Crossan believes this is actually the most heavily laden symbolic variation of all, since there could be nothing more scandalously un-royal or un-military, nothing more opposite from a great war horse than a donkey still nursing a foal, or a colt. No, it’s not about Jesus acrobatically riding two of them in tandem; but can’t you just picture him on a donkey, closely accompanied by the nursing baby donkey? You really couldn’t get less “militant” than that. Continue Reading →
March 22, 2015
by Mike Brown
Mark 10: 23-26
“A Gloss on the Gospels, Concerning the Rich,” by Henry George Fischer, 2006
From Joint Resolution on Wealth and Income Inequality, Vermont Legislature, 2015
It may be more than apparent that most of the super-rich, including the very wealthy who have finally become a concern of the Vermont legislature, may not be all that interested in getting into heaven, whatever that might mean. If they were, of course, they would probably employ legions of researchers who could help them find a way not to worry about the camel, but to simply find a larger and larger needle. That’s the gist of the “blurb” photo at the top of the program today, and it calls to mind the New Yorker cartoon, I believe it is, of exactly that: lawyers working on finding big needles. Interesting that eyes of needles and loopholes seem awfully similar. Ah well. Continue Reading →
Like last year, our Easter evening celebration, will begin at 4:00pm with an Easter Feast incorporated into the service. Reminder: One important difference about this year’s Easter service is that it will be Mike’s last Sunday with us as our pastor!
Date(s) - 04/05/2015
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
CCP at Cathedral Church of St. Paul
Easter (April 5) begins with a “Sunrise” service at 7:00am in Battery Park, offered jointly with members of First United Methodist Church.
Date(s) - 04/05/2015
7:00 am - 8:00 am