Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

June 21, 2014

Greetings from The Episcopal Church, and its 82 churches named for Alban – one in Haiti and the others in 40 of the United States.  They are celebrating their patronal feasts this weekend as well.

 

            Our communications director told me recently about a conversation she had at a trade conference with...

June 19, 2014

I was a stranger and you welcomed me.

On June 20, communities across the globe will celebrate World Refugee Day, honoring the strength, resilience, and contributions of refugees. In 2014, the world has seen the heights to which refugees can rise when given the chance to start a new life in dignity and peace. A former refugee became the first American citizen in a generation to win the...

June 14, 2014

In the beginning, God said, let there be, and it was created…light, sun, moon, waters above and waters below, animals, and human beings.  God saw everything that had been created and indeed, it was very good.  And God rested on the seventh day, and made it holy.

God created in enormous diversity – mountains and seas, plants, animals, fish, the sea monsters –...

June 8, 2014

We’re going to make a prophet today.  Actually, we’re going to authorize several prophets.  And then we’re going to send them out there.  Ready or not, world, here they come! 

Garrison Keillor is famous for saying, ‘Who wants to be a prophet?  Nobody wants ‘em around.  Prophets don’t get invited to birthday parties or...

June 6, 2014

Happy birthday, happy anniversary – you are centenarians!  This congregation is celebrating its hundredth anniversary, and even if you don’t join the throng here regularly, you are part of its long history and life in this place.  This community took the name of Andrew a hundred years ago, for reasons that are shrouded in the mists of history, but probably linked to...

April 27, 2014

Alleluia, Christ is risen!  The Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!

So what are we afraid of, even in the midst of this great rejoicing?  For most of the world, fear rarely takes a holiday.  The current threats in Eastern Europe are raising the fear of war in a world that is deeply weary of it.  Bishop Garang, who was here for the consecration yesterday, told us about...

April 11, 2014

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.  The ability to do that begins with the heart.  There’s a traditional Irish prayer that goes something like this, “May those who love us love us.  And those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts.  And if he doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we will know them by their...

April 6, 2014

My grandfather died almost 50 years ago, but one of his sayings continues to be part of the family lore.  It may be apocryphal, but my mother insisted that when she or her siblings had done something wrong, he would confront them by saying, “we’re going to have words, and you’re not going to get to use any of yours.” 

We’ve just heard two...

April 4, 2014

I greet you on behalf of The Episcopal Church in 17 nations, where we overlap with this Moravian province and others in the Unitas Fratrum.  Like you, we are part of a global fellowship of provinces, the Anglican Communion.  Episcopalians and Moravians are still only beginning to explore what it means to be in full communion with one another.  We celebrate the fact that there is...

April 3, 2014

Monday afternoon I met with a group of students at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh.  It’s one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, founded by Episcopalians in 1867 to help educate people who had formerly been enslaved.  One of the students asked me what my position was on child hunger.  I said, “No.”  “It’s wrong....