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Momologian

Momologian

By Alicia Vélez Stewart
Who is Momologian? Rev. Alicia Vélez Stewart (she/her/ella) is a sassy mom of twins + 2, at times irreverent but always in awe of the Divine, Latina pastora, theologian, progressive, and unashamedly liberal child of God. Fully fueled by caffeine & the Holy Spirit 🕊, if you’re looking for a slightly heretical and definitely scriptural take on Christianity then you’re in the right place.
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Embrace and Embody
What does it mean to be the Body of Christ, when the body really doesn’t seem to be looking so good lately?
24:03
January 23, 2022
Let’s talk about gifts
What are we doing with our Spiritual gifts in today’s world? Are they tucked away in a drawer? With churches closed due to the pandemic, does that mean our gifts have to wait until church opens again before we use them?
24:13
January 16, 2022
It’s a new year. Who’s just not feeling it?
The holidays can be so rough for so many reasons. Hear this message of hope for what’s to come even when we just aren’t feeling it.
18:59
January 02, 2022
Advent Love is Complicated.
Love is a complicated thing, especially Divine Love. The psalmist is struggling with God, Love, Hope, Joy, and Peace. And ya’ll? So. Are. We.
20:26
December 19, 2021
Nepantla Joy
Mary’s joy is an in-between kind of joy. The kind that recognizes her situation and still she can sing. We have all been there. Some of us are there now. What can we learn from Mary’s song about our own Advent journey?
24:24
December 12, 2021
Advent Journey Home: When we are feeling everything but hope and peace
Advent is the start of a new church year. The first week we lit the candle of hope and this week we light the candle of peace. This Advent we are invited to come home for Christmas. A home filled with the love of Christ. Sometimes, though, home isn’t someplace we want to go to! What if we are afraid to go home?
19:60
December 05, 2021
Notice the lilies of the field. That’s cute, Jesus.
On this Thanksgiving Sunday, Jesus asks us not to worry but WOW is that easier said than done. What if not being anxious isn’t something you have the privilege to do? And what if it is? Where is God in all of it?
20:27
November 21, 2021
Presente: God is Here
Is there anything that brings along with it more doubt than grief and grieving? Our revelation scripture for All Saints reminds us that God is always doing something new, perhaps especially in the moments where we wonder where God really is.
16:39
November 07, 2021
Why does this Jesus thing have to be so hard?
It’s hard to be a thinking and believing Christian. Being a disciple and a follower of Christ is hard. Except when it’s not.
25:09
October 31, 2021
(Don’t) Stop Acting Like a Child
When was the last time you entered into God’s presence like a child? Or did the world take that away from you, too?
23:51
October 24, 2021
Well? What did you expect?
Does anyone come to church actually expecting to encounter God? When we read the Psalms - this week’s reading comes from Psalm 104 - we read about an awesome Creator, but do we believe what we read and sing? Can we have doubts and still have God?
21:15
October 17, 2021
God created and it was GOOD
When God created the heavens and the Earth, in the beginning all of creation was called good. Guess what? It still is good. And so. Are. We.
23:25
October 10, 2021
Well. THAT escalated quickly!
Mark 9:38-50 is kind of hard to listen to. This text has been used to perpetuate harm in countless instances. So how can we look deeper to find a message of love and acceptance in a passage that isn’t as “warm and fuzzy” as we would like?
28:11
September 26, 2021
Let’s be outrageous!
In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians he calls our attention to the foolishness of the cross. Say WHAT? Hear Rev. Alicia encourage us to embrace the foolishness of our faith and find the power in it.
19:13
September 19, 2021
Wisdom of Who, now?
What are the words or images that come to mind when we hear the word "Wisdom?" We live in a society that often tries to separate seeking wisdom from following God's call on our lives. This week's passage from the Wisdom of Solomon reveals something you may find surprising about the Biblical understanding of Wisdom and if it’s possible for faith and knowledge to be friends after all.
15:52
September 12, 2021
Thoughts and Prayers? Really?
The epistle reading from James reminds us to be doers and not merely hearers of the word. What does that mean when our society tends to throw “thoughts and prayers” at a crisis without much else?
25:31
August 29, 2021
Sing Your Life Out Loud
Joy is an act of resistance in the face of the Empire. When we sing our lives out loud into the world, we share our joy with all who hear our song. Rev. Alicia shares this week’s epistle reading from Ephesians 5:15-20 with a message of joy as resistance.
16:47
August 15, 2021
Real Talk: The struggle (with our scriptures) is real
Rev. Alicia invites us into some “real talk” about the epistles, our traditions, and how we can learn from the things that make us uncomfortable.
19:23
August 08, 2021
Let Us All Do Our Part
We aren’t so different from the Ephesian church. The letter to Ephesus speaks through the ages and asks a hard question: How are we, as Christians, doing our part to build up one another in love?
26:12
August 01, 2021
Don’t forget to breathe
Even Jesus and his disciples needed to take a break in the midst of their ministry. How does today’s gospel reading remind us of the importance of taking time to just breathe? Listen and find out!
16:06
July 22, 2021
This I Believe
Transitioning into a church as a new pastor is never easy, and that is certainly the case during the end of a pandemic. Here Reverend Alicia’s first sermon to her new church community as it relates to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, the current state of our 21st-century church, and what she believes you all need to know about your “new” pastor.
21:44
July 21, 2021
It’s been quiet on here!
And guess why? Have a listen…
06:46
July 08, 2021
There is a season for all things
Ecclesiastes 3:1-15: there is a season for all things. This is a both/and time. Rev. Alicia’s love letter to her current church family as she prepares to depart for her new church appointment.
09:00
June 20, 2021
Real Talk: Accountability and the UMC
The title says it all. Listen to Rev. Alicia speak to the issue of human sexuality within the UMC and how we are called to hold the church accountable … and ourselves.
33:29
June 13, 2021
Revolutionary Act of Baptism
Baptism is an act of revolution! Sometimes reality doesn’t always meet our expectations. The baptism of Christ is one of those moments. How? Listen and find out!
16:35
June 06, 2021
Divine Connection and Rethinking the Trinity
This fourth week of our sermon series takes a twist. Rev. Alicia invites us to rethink the Trinity as a divine connection between the Three In One. How does this messy, beautiful, and funky concept connect not just the Divine 3, but also us to God, one another, and the world? And what do we do with that when the world is such a broken place?
31:50
May 30, 2021
George Floyd Remembrance and BLM Vigil Remarks
This special recording as of the remarks given at the Bridgewater black lives matter rally and George Floyd memorial vigil. Reverend Alicia speaks on how hard it can be to bring good news when the world doesn’t seem to have any good news to share.
15:10
May 27, 2021
May 16th 2021: Looking OUT
Week 3 of our sermon series on the marks of a healthy church community. Looking inward is essential to a community’s health, but so is having an outward focus. In fact, looking OUT is what we are called to do as Christians!
22:28
May 21, 2021
May 9th 2021: Inclusivity?
Week 2 of our sermon series on the marks of a healthy church community. Our churches claim to be welcoming and inclusive but often times we are anything but! Inclusivity is a buzzword but what is it really? And how do we know if we are truly doing it?
29:16
May 21, 2021
May 2nd 2021: “Practicing an Authentic Faith”
Week 1 of our sermon series on “The 5 Marks of a Healthy Church Community.” This week we take on authenticity of faith and practices.
23:52
May 21, 2021
April 25, 2021: Being Prepared for What Comes Next”
What if the Feeding of the 5,000 was less about feeding the crowds and more about showing the disciples how to serve in difficult times?
20:31
May 21, 2021
“Gone Fishin’”
Hear Rev. Alicia’s message on John 21:1-14. How can we respond to Christ calling us when sometimes it feels like we’d rather do anything but?
22:03
April 18, 2021
“Show and Tell”
Gospel reading: John 20:19-31 In this Easter season, what do we do now with the news that Christ is risen? Like Thomas in our Gospel reading, how can we (or others) be expected to believe what we have not seen in person?
28:38
April 11, 2021
Easter Sunday message: “We are called to Life”
Easter message based on John 20:1-18; “...let us in this moment boldly declare I have heard and seen the Lord, and be inspired to live in such a way that others also may know it is true”
17:48
April 04, 2021
Palm Sunday message: “Look! The whole world is following him!”
When fear and tension keeping you from accepting the truth in your midst, how can you live and love extravagantly? How can we live boldly in a world where avoiding discomfort often means staying silent on issues that should be spoken of and confronted?
25:58
March 28, 2021
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
This Lenten season we have been exploring the “I am” statements of Jesus as found in the Gospel of John. This episode looks at how the gospel message has been used to harm folks, and how we can reclaim the wisdom within these verses.
41:18
March 22, 2021