The book of Genesis is one of my favorites. It’s weird and mystical and it runs through a ton of stories about a ton of people. Every culture has a creation story. These days, evolution and the Big Bang Theory take the cake, but back before Darwin and the Scientific Revolution, people had a hard […]Read More Life Begins at Genesis
“Veils and Walls,” delivered 11.03.19 by Joliene Wade Gatlin at Peace United Church of Christ in Santa Cruz, CA Based on Hebrews 11:1-3, 12:1-2 This time of year is for the mystics among us. It’s a time of transition. Of seasons changing. Of falling leaves. Of misty mornings and early sundown. As the temperature changes, we […]Read More Veils and Walls
Based on: John 21:15-19 Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden Sermon delivered August 25, 2019 by Joliene Wade Gatlin, MDIV at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Cruz, CA What is love? I think it’s a question we all grapple with throughout our lives. What does love look like? We all seem to understand there’s a […]Read More What is Love?
Based on: Luke 12:49-56 Delivered August 18, 2019 at Peace United Church of Christ in Santa Cruz, CA When Damien called me earlier this week and asked if I could fill in for him today, and after I said yes, I went to the lectionary. For those of you who don’t know, the lectionary is […]Read More Division in the Work of Peace
Images of leadership in the biblical texts vary greatly between books and oftentimes within books. The first two books of the Bible, with focus on different time frames and different figures, can illustrate the differing of leadership figures we find within the text. Abraham, in the Book of Genesis, is willing to abuse and manipulate […]Read More Images of Leadership in the Hebrew Bible
As we study the Bible, I’ll post some tidbits here that might elevate your thinking about what you read. So, today, think about what it might be like to live with your grandparents or parents. How do you incorporate the stories and lives of those in your family whom have passed? Most of the Israelites […]Read More Early Israelites Lived in Extended Households
Sermon delivered January 6, 2019 by Joliene Wade Gatlin, MDiv, at Peace United Church of Christ When I was younger, the only thing I really knew about Jesus was the manger story. My grandparents had the manger scene with little porcelain figures and a manger my grandfather had made of wood and newspaper. I knew […]Read More Follow the Light
Christmas reminds us that hope can rise in darkness, from nothing. Born “illegitimate” to refugees in poverty, he changed the story. His life ripples through time in a way that continues to affect so many of us. There is hope in the cold of winter, in the darkest times, in displacement, and in the muck. […]Read More Happy Christmas!
Once upon a time, FEAST was a thing. Then it was not a thing. It seemed like the end, but FEAST is a thing again! FEAST is being reinvigorated and I am excited to announce new programming and leadership. My name is Joliene Wade Gatlin. I graduated from seminary in Berkeley in 2017 with a […]Read More Resurrection!
Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak WaltonRead More The Journey Begins