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  • The Anti-Apocalypse

    Sermon: The Anti-Apocalypse - Literate Theology / Kate Rae Davis

    Reflections on Mark 13:1-8, delivered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Episcopal Church. ******* There seems to be something hard-wired into humans that makes us want to know what the future holds. We wonder about the future in ways that are small and individual, and in ways that are large, global, and cosmic . Perhaps this morning you […]

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  • Living in the Tomb

    Sermon: Living in the Tomb - post on Literate Theology / Kate Rae Davis

    Reflections on John 11:32-44, delivered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Episcopal Church. ******* I would have stayed in the tomb. In the Middle East, it’s hot. Which means decomposition sets in quick, and the stench of that rotting process is heavy in the air. So if I had been four days in a tomb, in the […]

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  • Mustard Seeds (and Other Weeds)

    This sermon was written for St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Seattle, Washington. The lectionary texts included Ezekiel 17:22-24 and Mark 4:26-34. Perhaps you’ve seen photos of people standing beneath mustard shrubs that are twenty, sometimes thirty, feet high. The shrubs are larger than some trees, looming over the people standing beneath, who smile in its shade. […]

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  • Correcting Our Spectral Overlap

    This sermon was written for St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Seattle, Washington for the Seventh Sunday in Easter. The gospel text was John 17:6-19. There are glasses available now that correct color blindness. People with green-red color deficiency– the most common form of colorblindness– experience the world in relatively muted tones because of what is […]

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  • Clouds that Block, Clouds that Bless

    This sermon was written for St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Seattle, Washington for Transfiguration Sunday. The gospel text was Mark 9:2-9. There’s a game my husband and I play on our commute — maybe you play as well. The game is called: Is Rainier out? It’s initiated each time we near the West Seattle Bridge; […]

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  • Watch. Wait.

    Normally I would record my sermon before posting it, but it is the end of the term and I still have twenty pages to write. So, here is my sermon from Advent 1, preached at St Paul’s Seattle, on the texts of Isaiah 64:1-9 and Mark 13:24-37. We were lying in the middle of the […]