Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

October 15, 2011

 

Most people who know anything about Teresa of Avila know that she was a mystic, and spent much of her life in contemplation.  Some are aware that she was proclaimed a “doctor of the church” by the pope in 1970, the first woman to get that title.  In Roman Catholic circles, that means her writing is judged sound and good for teaching, and it means that this...
October 13, 2011

 

Well, we’ve come to the mountain.  Is it the mountain of God’s house?  There’s a place in the foothills of Colorado Springs, not too far from here, called Garden of the Gods.  It’s an amazing collection of rocks to climb or contemplate – or both.  It’s hard not to appreciate the wonder of divine creativity in a setting like...
October 9, 2011

 

My husband and I went backpacking in northern Nevada in August.  We hiked up a trail that started at 8500 feet, and then left the trail and climbed over a ridge well above 10,000 feet.  We sat out a hail and thunderstorm on top of the ridge, and then climbed down the other side to make a camp by a creek, still above 10,000 feet.  We had rocks under our inflatable...
October 3, 2011

 

A PASTORAL LETTER ON ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE

On the holy mountain stands the city he has founded;
The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
Of Zion it shall be said, “Everyone was born in her,
And the Most High himself shall sustain her.”

-- Psalm 87 (page 711, Book of Common Prayer)

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October 2, 2011

 

I spent several days recently in a small hotel in Cape Town.  My hosts in that diocese chose the Palm House, which is much beloved by visitors.  It’s a lovely old house set on a piece of land large enough to have some garden space for banquets and weddings.  It’s not fancy, but it is comfortable.  As we arrived a helpful man rushed up and insisted...
October 1, 2011

 

Remigius was born around 437 or 438 in what is now France, into a Christian family.  His father was a nobleman, and his mother the daughter of a bishop.  From his youth he was known for his holiness and learning, and when there was need for a bishop in Rheims, the people of the area insisted that Remigius be elected, even though he was a layman and only 22.  [You...
September 29, 2011

 

I’m no angel, but I have a message of greeting for you.  I don’t think I need to say, “fear not” when I report that Episcopalians are praying for their Lutheran brothers and sisters all over the Church, from Taiwan to Europe, and from Ecuador and Colombia to Alaska.  We rejoice in our full communion partnership with the ELCA, even if we don...
September 25, 2011

 

Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:28-32
Where have you seen the glory of God passing by?  Have you ever been up on the mountain, like Moses, awestruck at the wonder of what God is up to?  I keep hearing that climbing up Table Mountain, or taking the cable car up there, is a pretty significant way to encounter the glory of God.
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September 18, 2011

 

It is very good for brothers and sisters to live together in peace – even if it doesn’t happen very often.  Human life has been marked by conflict since Cain and Abel.  Their conflict was about whose religious offering was better – sheep or crops.  They were competing for God’s recognition. 
 
Most conflict...
September 14, 2011

 

James Chisholm was a priest in tidewater Virginia in the mid 19th century.  He did his work in the context of a slave-holding economy.  The whole region was subject to the scourges of insect- and water-borne disease.  The two most significant of those diseases, yellow fever and malaria 1, were both introduced to the Americas as the result of transatlantic trade,...