Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Rev. Thom Knows Covenant

The September, 2009 issue of The Quest, the newsletter of The Church of the Larger Fellowship, ran an old sermon of mine on the cover. The sermon, which their editors refurbished, came from a series I preached in 2007 on the theme of covenant.

Also included in the issue: a wonderful sermon by CLF Senior Minister Rev. Jane Rzepka on the theme of the Jewish high holy days, and a poem by Philip Booth.

It used to be fair to describe the CLF as a mail-order ministry. Now it is so much more. The CLF was designed to serve Unitarian Universalists who lived in remote areas (or overseas) where they did not have access to a UU church. They continue to serve those members (as well as some UUs who live close to a UU church but don't care for it.) The CLF has also developed a ministry to UUs in the military as well as a prison ministry to those who identify as UU. They maintain some of their old-school services: a newsletter, "church in a box," and a cool lending library. In recent years they've expanded their services to on-line chatrooms, podcasts, and other virtual communities. They recently launched an on-line community for young adults called Church of the Younger Fellowship. CLF also produces a great line of Chalice jewelry.

The picture of me on the cover, by the way, was taken by my friend Emily Minor atop Sandia Peak in New Mexico (altitude 10,378 feet).