Pastor Hugh

What are you looking for?

January 22, 2024

Long ago, there was a village, and at the gate of the village sat the village elder. He served as a sort of judge, settling disputes, hearing stories, and offering advice when asked. One morning, there was a large caravan heading their way. They saw the dust first, and then slowly across the desert they saw a string of camels and wagons and people headed their way. Eventually…

Pastor Hugh

Mennonite with a southern accent

November 9, 2023

In September, I was part of a tour hosted by Mennonite Central Committee Central States, where we spent time learning from the Mennonites in Oklahoma who are Cheyene. It was a lovely trip, and if we were sitting down across from each other, I would love to talk about it for ages. But the thing that has stuck with me, and the point of this letter, is how…


A Lament for Gaza and Israel

October 30, 2023

Note: The following was used in our worship service on 10/29/2023. God of every place, God of every people We lift our eyes, our hearts, our voices to you In our grief In our pain In solidarity with victims of violence We have no other hope. We say your name:  Creator Spirit. Father of All. God of peace. God of justice. Liberator. God of every place, God of…


No, that isn’t going to happen.

October 8, 2023

Pastor Hugh continues on a series as we explore passages of scripture that lead us to be a certain kind of church. This week we are talking about power and privilege, and what we do with it when we have it. The text this week is from Luke 16:19-31 “This man, this rich, privileged man, is so used to being in control that when he is being tortured…


Well Done is Better Than Well Said

October 1, 2023

In the month of October,  Open Door is going through a process of discernment as we look both at the past 50 years of ministry and the future before us. As a result, our services are a little different this month. We are using the sermon as launching points for a time of discussion. Because these are often highly personal conversations, we are only streaming the sermon portion,…