A Pastoral Epistle to the members of First Congregational Church


I am writing to you in response to an outpouring of grief that I’ve witnessed, both spoken and unspoken, since we released our preliminary guidelines about re-opening the church.

In this letter I want to speak directly to those…

N. Dannison, 2018

“When he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended they started to return. The boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem — but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travelers…

N. Dannison

One night Old Man Jehovah left his kids out to play in the side-yard
knocking the icicles off the shed roof and
throwing snowballs at the neighbor’s house.
They got up to no good and let
Death slip out the garden gate
and then Death, he got out into the neighborhood and really

N. Dannison

…I did, once, catch a fish that was 18 inches long and yet this small prize was immediately taken from me by the capricious hands of the fish gods. They employed a turtle.

For a few years I had been making designs on a particular turtle that haunted…

N. Dannison
Adapted from a sermon preached June, 2018

“A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But Jesus was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you…

Nathan Dannison

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