Love Knows No Labels: Honoring Pride Month 2024 with Open Hearts and Open Minds
Reservoir Church Blog
by Ivy Anthony
1M ago
At Reservoir Church, we believe that God loves us all, with no exceptions. Every morning at Reservoir Church we say from the top of the service that Reservoir is “a place where everyone, without exception, is invited to discover the love of God, the gift of community and the joy of living.” Everyone. Without exception. We hope in repeating this phrase, we all continue to come to know these truths more deeply: I matter. I am loved. I am welcome here. In 2014, Reservoir Church made a commitment to honor and affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all individuals, including those that are in the ..read more
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How to Build an Inclusive Church
Reservoir Church Blog
by Steve Watson
1M ago
The Christian faith has some pretty outrageous visions for what’s possible in the world. Peaceful nap times for predators and prey, weapons of war melted down into farming tools, sumptuous feasts with more than enough for all people, and trees with leaves that can heal our nations are all part of its poetic vocabulary of a one-day restored creation. Again and again, these dreamy visions hope to include all people, all nations, speakers of all tongues. It’s a vision of abundance and inclusion that gave rise to what Martin Luther King, Jr. called the Beloved Community. On these hopes, the Christ ..read more
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Our Work for Housing Justice
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by Steve Watson
3M ago
You may be aware that over the past year, Reservoir Church has played a significant role in a public organizing campaign for great housing justice in Massachusetts. Perhaps you’ve noticed that this is a very expensive area to rent or to buy a home. Sadly for me as a pastor, I’ve had conversations over the years with many of you who have wondered if the cost of housing is too high for you to want to stay in the area long-term.  Throughout the network we are in, Greater Boston Interfaith, there have been thousands of similar conversations, asking what we can do to make housing more affordab ..read more
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Kids Church at Reservoir Church
Reservoir Church Blog
by Ivy Anthony
9M ago
Pre-K Kids Church  Our Godly Play program for babies through kindergarteners is designed to welcome children into a beautiful and inviting space that is just for them. There is nothing on the shelves or in the space that is “off-limits” to them. When they enter their classroom community, they are greeted by the volunteers who know them by name and ask them curiously if they are “ready” to enter. This readiness is an invitation to check in with their little bodies and minds and get prepared to be with friends, listen to and wonder with a story, and work and play together.   One of the ..read more
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How to Build an Inclusive Church
Reservoir Church Blog
by Steve Watson
9M ago
The Christian faith has some pretty outrageous visions for what’s possible in the world. Peaceful nap times for predators and prey, weapons of war melted down into farming tools, sumptuous feasts with more than enough for all people, and trees with leaves that can heal our nations are all part of its poetic vocabulary of a one-day restored creation. Again and again, these dreamy visions hope to include all people, all nations, speakers of all tongues. It’s a vision of abundance and inclusion that gave rise to what Martin Luther King, Jr. called the Beloved Community. On these hopes, the Christ ..read more
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Blessed are the Peacemakers – A Pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine
Reservoir Church Blog
by Steve Watson
9M ago
Last month, I had the opportunity to participate in a study tour hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. Every year or two, JCRC Boston takes some Christian clergy to Israel and Palestine to get to know the complexities of that land’s past, present, and future. Part of the tour is a visit to historical sites of the nation of Israel as well as sites of Biblical significance.  For me, this trip proved to be a pilgrimage, an opportunity to journey out of my regular routines, deepen my prayer life, and seek the Spirit of Jesus anew. I thought about Jesus’ ministry ..read more
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GBH’s All Things Considered
Reservoir Church Blog
by Steve Watson
9M ago
Recently I had the opportunity to be part of GBH’s All Things Considered and discussed Reservoir’s diversity, our commitment to inclusion, and as a Jesus-centered community, embracing the vision of Beloved Community for all. Here’s the link and the transcript is below. Offering a ‘liberative tradition’ at a Cambridge church in the face of anti-LGBTQ discrimination The Reservoir Church in Cambridge is typically described as Jesus centered, initially associated with the vineyard association of churches. But Reservoir Church separated from the association in 2015 after experiencing ..read more
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How and Why to Pray the Examen
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by Steve Watson
9M ago
There is an old form of prayer called the Examen. It was first developed by the 15th century Spanish mystic Igancio de Loyola, who commended the priests in his growing movement called the Society of Jesus to pray this way every day. For a few years, I’ve been praying versions of this prayer daily myself. And this summer, I’m sharing that experience with a small group at Reservoir.  If it interests you, here is how and why to pray the Examen.  How to Pray the Examen Acknowledge presence and ask for God’s guidance. Take a slow breath and remember God is with you. Whisper aloud if you ..read more
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A Time for Healing
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by Steve Watson
9M ago
This spring, Reservoir Church’s sermon series is called “How to Heal the World.”  It’s kind of a cheeky, overstated title, but it came out of a series of conversations and reflections I had this winter about how sick and tattered our world is, how that’s impacting us, and the opportunity for something redemptive in that for followers of Jesus. Our world has become sick with so many things – sick with violence, sick with racism, sick with sickness, and fear, and mistrust, and division and more. And all that’s not just far off, it’s not just abstraction. It touches our lives and relationshi ..read more
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“The Messing Up Hair Sermon”
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by Lydia Shiu
9M ago
I wanted to follow up on this past Sunday’s sermon I preached titled, “Love is mussing up someone’s hair” as a metaphor for how God lovingly and intimately engages us. This is a personal response, but also since our pastoral team discusses our work together, I thought it would be interesting for a community to read a response from three pastors on our team, one Asian-American, one Black, and one White. We saw in the chats a few of you share your experiences of someone trying to mess your hair as a person who is bald or as a person of color, saying “don’t touch my curly hair.” In that moment I ..read more
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