Summer Sermon Series 2023: I Am Christian

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Ever wonder about the "I Am" statements Jesus makes in John's Gospel? What do they mean for us today?

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Deciding on this summer’s sermon series has been more challenging than usual. Some of you had great ideas and I’ve finally been able to combine a few of them into something that works. The others may show up later in the year.

For the remainder of the summer the series will be, “I Am Christian.” It will be an exploration of the “I Am” statements in John’s Gospel and what they mean for contemporary, inclusive Christianity.

Many of these statements have been weaponized and used as a kind of litmus test for faith by many. Yet, they have deeper meaning than who is and who is not Christian. They are part literary device and part revelation of Jesus’ divine identity.

We’ll explore it all and, maybe, by the end of the series we will all be able to more positively proclaim our faith.

About Rachael Keefe

Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe is the pastor of Living Table United Church of Christ. She was called to Living Table in 2015 after serving in many varied ministry settings since her ordination in 1992. She holds graduate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Andover Newton Seminary at Yale (formerly Andover Newton Theological School). Her ministry and leadership often center around advocacy and accessibility. Her writing has been published by Chalice Press, The Christian Century, Red Letter Christians, Working Preacher, RevGalBlogPals, and others. She is grateful to be in ministry with Living Table today.

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