Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

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...

June 13, 2012

 

The lections for this Evensong were 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Matthew 28:16-20.

 

I was at the international gathering of L’Arche last week in Atlanta.  There were L’Arche members from more than a hundred local communities in 37 or 38 nations.  L’Arche gathers intellectually disabled adults (core...

May 27, 2012

 

My youngest brother is a braumeister, who opened a new pub Friday night in California.  It’s in an old West mining and logging town that was founded around 1850.  The inhabitants have been buzzing with anticipation for months, while he and his partners have remodeled a historic building, installed brewing and kitchen equipment,...

May 20, 2012

 

The lections for this sermon were 1 Kings 8:22-23,27b-30; Psalm 84; 1 Corinthians 3:1-11,16-17; Matthew 21:10-14.

Human beings have always had a great yearning to connect with holy places.  It is the fundamental reason for pilgrimage, and the reason why we bury people in the church yard.  The psalmist claims that even the...

April 29, 2012

 

There was a fascinating news piece this week about urban chickens[1].  For years, Portland (Oregon) has limited back yard flocks to 3 chickens.  The DC metro area still bans chickens or restricts them to minifarms, though some people are working to change that.[2]  In...

April 28, 2012

 

A hundred years!  Happy birthday, Girl Scouts!  I became a Girl Scout more than 50 years ago, and what I remember of those early years has made a big difference in my life, as I hope it has for you.  Learning to identify birds, or how to plant trees, tie knots, or build a fire, are important skills that teach us about the world around us.  So are the things we...

April 17, 2012

 

The theme of this clergy conference was "Future Church." The lections appointed for this day were Tuesday in the Second Week of Easter.

One of the things that the Global South seems most annoyed about is our economic system.  They’re not alone, even if Occupy has been fairly quiet recently.  It’s...