Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

November 9, 2012

 

Greetings from the whole of the Episcopal Church, and congratulations on your sesquicentennial – the whole of this church rejoices with you in marking this notable anniversary! 

 

Your bishop has asked me to reflect on where we’re going as a church and what your particular vocation might be here in Hawai’i.  In order to do that, I want...

October 21, 2012

 

Every year the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York celebrates St. Francis Day with an amazing service.  In many churches animals are blessed on that day, remembering Francis’ remarkable care for all parts of God’s creation – animals, plants, human beings poor and rich, even brother sun and sister moon.  I was there two weeks ago, and it was a...

August 5, 2012

What are you most hungry for?  That’s really what we’re here to wrestle with this morning.  What kind of bread are you shopping for? 

Many people are looking for the kind of bread that we store away in wallets, barns, and banks – sometimes we call it dough, and the fact that it’s not yet baked hints at its inability to nourish and satisfy. ...

August 3, 2012

The General Convention which took place in Indianapolis in July offered new and creative responses to the call of the gospel in our day. We saw gracious and pastoral responses to polarizing issues, as well as a new honesty about the need for change.

General Convention addressed a number of significant issues that will impact the life and witness of this Church for years into the future...

July 29, 2012

 

Feed my sheep.  Jesus’ primary concern was that the people around him be cared for, and he usually started with food.  Jesus’ vision of the heavenly banquet had about equal parts of eating, healing, and teaching people about the kingdom of God.  He charged his disciples with sharing food as a way of remembering him, and our most central act as his...

July 22, 2012

 

We may be a long way from New Orleans and the floods of Katrina, but I know that a lot of evacuees came this direction.  I’ve heard stories in the last few days about the hospitality you’ve offered, people who opened their homes and buildings to receive people, who fed them, and for many long years afterward, have been helping people get back on their feet.

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July 15, 2012

 

Most of you are aware that we’ve just finished our once-every-three-years General Convention in Indianapolis.  It’s a gathering of thousands of Episcopalians, as well as Anglican, ecumenical, and interfaith guests, and an amazing assortment of “merchants in the Temple.”  Many people just come to watch for a few hours or days (and many more watch...

July 1, 2012

 

I was hustling through an airport between flights a couple of months ago, when a young man came up beside me and asked if I was a pastor.  Yes, I said, continuing to hustle toward my next plane.  He continued breathlessly, “I want to know if God will forgive me – I’ve cheated on my fiancée, I’ve committed adultery.  Will God forgive me?...

June 24, 2012

 

A couple of weeks ago, I watched an inattentive taxi driver hit a bicyclist a block away as I was running down the sidewalk.  He got scraped up, but he didn’t seem to be severely injured.  I hung around until the cops and the EMTs came to check him out.  But it led me to reflect on the dangers we meet just in daily living – whether it’s going to...

June 17, 2012

 

I’ve been reading a remarkable book about the state of things in the Americas before the first Europeans arrived.  It’s by Charles Mann and it’s called 1491.  In one place he writes about the development of corn – south of here, in what is now Mexico.  Something that looks a lot like modern corn developed very quickly about 6000...