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.
Thanksgiving is a VERB
What if we treated thanksgiving as something in action and not like something that just sits independent of anything else around it?
November 20, 2022
Legacies // The Story of Ruth and Naomi
Ruth teaches us that we are so much more than our past or our present when we allow our hearts and minds to be open to the workings of God and the Spirit.
November 13, 2022
All Saints // Presente (They Are Here)
Join us for this time of celebrating and remembering the saints of the church and the saints of our community on this All Saints Sunday.
November 06, 2022
(Holy) Ghost Stories: Wind and Flame
Our final installment of our Holy Ghost Stories series takes us into a secluded room where suddenly all you-know-what breaks loose!
October 30, 2022
(Holy) Ghost Stories: The Man on the Water
For the second installment of our Holy Ghost Stories series. Join us as we hear about The Man on the Water and ask ourselves who is the voice calling to *us* on the sea.
October 16, 2022
Holy Ghost Stories: Samuel and the Voice
Spooky season is here, and we New Englanders do love our autumn celebrations! Did you know that our scriptures are filled with ghost stories? Holy Ghost stories, of course!
October 09, 2022
But alone, it’s not bread: World Communion Sunday
For everyone born. A place at the table. Hear a message on bread, bodies, church, and how we are all connected on this World Communion Sunday.
October 02, 2022
Can’t stop, won’t stop: Stories of Holy Resistance
In this final installment of our series on Holy Resistance, we hear about the disciples called before the Sadducees in Acts. We, the church, are called to be like the disciples John and Peter. To speak loudly about the injustices of the world today, and to not stop speaking even (especially?) when it makes those in power nervous.
September 25, 2022
Know Your Place: Vashti & Stories of Holy Resistance
Here we are in the third week of our series on "Stories of Holy Resistance." Which is why Vashti’s story is one that needs to be told, and how brave she was to stand up to a system of power that was seeking to remove her value as a human being.
September 18, 2022
Shiphrah and Puah: Stories of Holy Reaistance
Shiphrah and Puah and their brave yet simple moment of resistance - their refusal to participate in something they new was wrong - put into motion something so much bigger that would ultimately result in the liberation of a whole people.
September 11, 2022
A Mother’s Persistence: Stories of Holy Resistance
Week 1 of stories of holy resistance in our texts. The Syrophoenician woman wouldn’t take no for an answer. Even from Jesus.
September 04, 2022
Dealing with our “stuff”
The rich, young ruler was told to deal with his stuff. What sort of stuff are we carrying around and why do we - as Jesus-followers - really need to sort it out?
August 28, 2022
Tend that fire, y’all
There is indeed a lot in this message to the disciples that seems to be counter-intuitive to the Jesus way. But what if it’s really a message encouraging us to not be afraid of the fire but embrace it?
August 14, 2022
God’s got you, boo.
Yes, God’s got our back BUT it’s is not enough to simply know it or tell people that. We have to live it. In everything we do.
August 07, 2022
God’s image isn’t just for other people
Christ is all and in all. That means you, too! When the world is desperate for healing, the work of making things whole needs to start with our own selves.
July 31, 2022
Strong Roots Bear Sweet Fruits
Sometimes we forget that being church means not just claiming the title “Christian,” but also co tiny if to grow our faith by asking questions and seeking answers. Growing in faith and practice means inspecting and questioning how our sacred texts allow us to encounter and discern God’s presence in our practices AS a church, AS a people called Christian.
July 24, 2022
When in doubt, Jesus and tacos.
Sometimes the Spirit moves in the most unlikely of places - and leads us to have serious conversations about faith and belief. When is the last time any of us took a moment to sit with the Spirit and think about the question, “Who is Christ to me?”
July 17, 2022
Faith, Love, and Hope
These letters of Paul - or maybe-Paul - have provided so much foundation for our modern church’s practices and beliefs. For better or for worse, y’all. So let’s dig into Paul’s letter to Colossians, because And like anything built on a foundation, it’s good to inspect what is holding us up. What *is* providing the connection that grounds us, both as a modern church and as a people inheriting an ancient church.
July 10, 2022
Harvesting What We Plant
What does it mean to have “freedom in Christ” when lately it feels like freedom is not available to all? What do we need to do to live more fully into that freedom and inspire others to do the same?
July 03, 2022
Real Talk: Righteous anger, fear, and freedom in Christ
This has been a particularly hard week, and it’s hard to preach freedom in Christ when so many have less freedom today than just a week ago. Where is the wisdom and grace in today’s text from Galatians for us today?
June 26, 2022
One family in Love
Paul’s letter to the Galatian church expresses a special family relationship in Christ, one we as a church community live into in our ministry and mission with the homeless at Bristol Lodge
June 19, 2022
Defying Explanation: the Trinity and US
It’s Trinity Sunday and some of you may be wondering, “well, what the heck is that?” Well. It’s weird, and it’s funky, and it’s enormous, and it’s beautiful in all its complexity.
June 12, 2022
Blow, Spirit, Blow!
It’s Pentecost! Now what the heck is THAT?
June 05, 2022
The enslaved woman and her stolen voice
The system failed the enslaved woman in Acts 16 in so many ways - ways that folks today are STILL often failed. Paul made it worse for her. And Silas? Well. Let’s just say we don’t have a lot of reasons to be happy with him, either. So who are WE in the story if it were to unfold today?
May 29, 2022
Lament and Light: remembering Buffalo, Laguna Woods, and Dallas
In light of the racially motivated violence that has been filling our social media feeds, online news sources, radio and television newscasts, join us for a time of lament and recommitting ourselves to the work of justice and mercy.
May 22, 2022
Change is coming, so let’s get out of God’s way!
Peter’s vision and God’s reminder that we should not deem profane that which God has created speaks to us through the ages. Change is coming to the church, y’all, and we need to get out of God’s way!
May 15, 2022
We are all Tabitha (Legacies of Love)
Mother’s Day is complicated! And so are the relationships we celebrate on this day dedicated to the nurturers - the Tabitha’s - in our lives. What legacies of love have they left us and how are we inspired to do the same for others?
May 08, 2022
Jesus is risen. Now what?
The gospel of John gives us a lot to work with when it comes to questions and doubts. Now that Easter has arrived, what are we supposed to do with the Good News?
April 24, 2022
He lives, and so do we: Resurrection Sunday
When Mary came to the tomb, it was dark and she was alone. Until she heard Christ call her by name, and everything changed in that instant.
April 17, 2022
Lent 5: Practice Presence
When Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with the nard, she was practicing presence in a real and embodied way. Our journey through Lent has been leading up this: How can we practice presence in the wilderness?
April 03, 2022
Lent 4: Practice Love
The Divine love displayed in the parable of the prodigal child is a love that surpasses understanding. What can it teach us about loving ourselves?
March 27, 2022
Lent 3: Practice Compassion
Compassion is so much more than simply “feeling for someone.” How can we practice compassion for ourselves and each other as a way of connecting to God more deeply?
March 20, 2022
Lent 2: Practicing Vulnerability
As we explore our wildernesses during Lent, how does practicing vulnerability with God and ourselves make us stronger and not open to more hurt?
March 13, 2022
Lent 1: Lent Always Begins in the Wilderness
Lent is a time for introspection and discovery. It’s also a time spent in the wilderness and that can be a scary place to be.
March 06, 2022
And So It Begins
As we prepare for the Lenten season to begin this week, what if we focused on fasting from the things that keep us down instead of the few things that bring us joy?
February 27, 2022
Faith of Our Friends
Sometimes you need the faith of your friends when you just can’t get out of your own way. Sometimes, you are the friend supporting another. The miracle of discipleship is one we are all called into; it’s why we do church, y’all!
February 13, 2022
Waiting for the call? This is it.
When Simon and his crew were first called by Jesus they had no way of knowing how it would turn out or it it would be worth effort, and still they got out of their boats and followed. Well, we are being called right now - how will *we* respond?
February 06, 2022
Story time: Why I stay
I’ve been asked why I stay in the church even as I critique it. Well. Here’s my “why.”
January 30, 2022
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?
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?
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.
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.
December 19, 2021
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
July 21, 2021
It’s been quiet on here!
And guess why? Have a listen…
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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!
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?
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.
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?
May 21, 2021