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April 5, 2018

Five Favorite Ideas

From April 8 – May 6 Sunday School is going to become a workshop and think-tank. I am bringing 5 of my favorite ideas to see how they might look at Vermont Hills. The first idea is ‘ChurchNext’. We are going through something in the 21st century that is even bigger than the Protestant Reformation […]

April 3, 2018

Easter Fools Sermon

This past weekend was a rare event where both Easter and April Fool’s fall on the same day. This happens approximately every 67 years – so it will happen once in my life time.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!  Here is my sermon from this past Sunday : _________________ If you don’t […]

March 9, 2018

Bo’s Blog: Embodied Wisdom

You have a wisdom deep inside of you that you might not even know how to access. I want to introduce (or remind) you to an amazing concept: phronesis Here is a ‘7 min sermon’ on the idea and a short explanation below. I love this concept so much. An interesting way to access it […]

March 3, 2018

Changes To Church

Earlier this month I responded to a survey being done by a grad student about new worship communities and churches in revitalization. Below are some of my responses to the 3 questions – and here is a 10 min video with some pictures spliced for illustration. 1.What innovative practices set your faith community apart? Vermont […]

January 23, 2018

Conversation in Church and Culture

I had an epiphany a couple of weeks ago. Literally every single thing that we do as a church is conversational: Bible Study Sunday School Small Groups Books Groups Committee Meetings Potlucks In fact, this is the case with all churches … and then come the Sunday morning worship service. That seems really odd to […]

October 22, 2017

The Becoming

The Becoming

UPDATE: here is the audio from the homily [link]  There are times of day and times in life that signal transition. Different cultures and different languages express them in unique ways. In American English we have night, pre-dawn, dawn, sun-up, morning, mid-morning, noon, mid-afternoon, dusk, sunset, evening, and after-dark. We do this for ages as […]

October 3, 2017

Bo’s Beliefs

I want to thank everyone for all the support as I transfer in my ordination. I thought that some of you might be interested in the process. I know this is heady and nerdy but in case anyone is interested, I had to type of my ‘statement of beliefs’.  Here they are so far … […]

August 26, 2017

Better Energy For Better Things

This church is a spiritual oasis. Part of that is to be a safe place for weary travelers. We live in time when people are exhausted, worn out, and fatigued. Our church wants to be a place of rest and restoration. We also are trying something experimental which is to become a conversational community. It […]

August 2, 2017

An Unfinished Church

An Unfinished Church

We are imperfect, unfinished, and incomplete.  

July 17, 2017

Supplement or Complement

This past Sunday we introduced an element of conversation to our gatherings. There are several things I love about this addition: While I appreciate so many things about liturgical (classic) worship, I worry that it has become a one-directional stage performance that encourages people to be passive spectators. When everything is pre-planned (and even scripted) […]

June 28, 2017

All Are Welcome

This Sunday our call to worship sets the tone for the whole month of July. It reads: Leader: Welcome to each and every one of you! People : Even when things get hectic, always know that you will find welcome here. L: May the joy we have in our Lord Jesus Christ become your joy […]

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