Rev. Becky Edmiston-Lange

The “Already But Not Yet” of Easter

If Jesus were alive today, what message would he be preaching? I think we can say with assurance that the Kingdom of Heaven has definitely not arrived! And, yet, even in these troubling times, there are signs and portents of hope and liberation. How are we to live now, on this side of transformation?

Modern Day Pharaoh

What could this ancient Biblical story possibly have to teach us about life in the United States in 2017? It may have more to teach us than we think in this era of “otherism” and hate.

How to Love this World

Mary Oliver says in one of her poems that “there is only one question – how to love this world.” Key to that endeavor may be rediscovering our place in nature and restoring a sense of sacred balance.

What’s the Big Deal about Bathrooms?

In a way unimaginable a decade ago, the topic of gender identity has entered the political arena. While some people are obsessed about who gets to use which restroom, larger issues of acceptance and justice come into play.

Are You Ready for This Thing Called Love?

The title is from a John Hiatt song, which goes on to say: “don’t come from me and you, come from up above.” Well, I don’t know about that, but I do know that love can be heavenly. John Hiatt was one of Mark’s and my favorite musicians. It sometimes seemed his music became a backdrop for our relationship. The service will feature several John Hiatt tunes and it will be a little about Mark and me and a lot about love in all its wonderful manifestations.

Going Hungry in a Wealthy Nation

Millions of working Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Why are people malnourished in the richest country – and one of the most obese – on earth?

Seized by a Vision, Captured by a Dream

Commentators across the political spectrum have invoked the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to chastise the Black Lives Matter movement, while others have maintained that the vision of racial justice that animated the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s and 70s is outdated and anemic. Does the “dream” still live?


This annual service, which marks the births, deaths, and other significant “turnings” in the lives of the Emerson community during the year past, has become a deeply significant ritual to many. It gives us a unique opportunity, in the context of our beloved congregation, to acknowledge the many changes that are part of the cycle … Continued

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

As twilight descends and night settles in, fill your hearts and minds with candles and carols and bask in the soft, sweet things of the season. Service is on Saturday, December 24, at 5:30 p.m.

Surprised by Joy

We will share stories about being unexpectedly captivated by the magic of the holiday season. Has that ever happened to you? Bring your stories to share with the rest of the congregation about a time when you were “surprised by joy” during the holidays.