Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

February 12, 2012

 

I bring you greetings from The Episcopal Church.  We’re engaged in God’s mission in about 7000 congregations in 16 nations – in Taiwan and Micronesia, Honduras, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, as well as the United States.  We have been...

January 20, 2012

The lections for this sermon were Isaiah 2:2-4 and Luke 10:1-9.

Have you noticed that we are pretty much sitting on the high...

January 15, 2012

 

Happy Anniversary – and welcome to a journey into the future.  This year of celebration brings an invitation to reflect and give thanks, but it’s not a stopping place.  The church is always on a journey toward the reign of God, and that means it’s always changing, because we’re not there yet.  We have always...

January 10, 2012

 

The lections for this Evensong were Ps 107:23-32; Micah 4:1-5; Revelation 21:1-7.

There is a standing joke about the different kinds of canons, but it only helps a little...

January 8, 2012

 

It hasn’t started getting light any earlier in the morning yet, even though we’re more than two weeks past the winter solstice.  The days are getting very slightly longer, but the added seconds are coming at the end of the day, rather than at the beginning.  Right before Christmas, I was way up in northern Washington, at 49 degrees N, and the sun didn’t...

December 10, 2011

 

I rode the subway early yesterday morning, and at one stop a group of young people got on with several bulky suitcases, including a hard cased one that looked like it could hold a big keyboard.  One pushed an empty wheelchair, another brought a walker, and one rolled a furniture dolly.  One young man immediately sat down and leaned over onto the seat to sleep.  They...

November 20, 2011

 

Have you met any of the Occupy-ers?  That movement fascinates me.  It’s been self-organizing from the start, somewhat chaotic, and it has managed to present a fairly coherent message.  It’s certainly not all pretty, but at least in local situations, it’s been able to find effective responses to invading interests who want to foment violence or...

November 18, 2011

 

Well, the Occupy-ers are being thrown out of one park after another.  They were evicted from Zuccotti Park near Wall Street Monday night and from Kiener Plaza here last weekend.  Oakland tired of them quite a while ago, and London still hasn’t been able to make up its mind about whether to let them stay or not.  Our city governments and even churches have been...

November 6, 2011

 

A colleague of mine, who used to be the chaplain at Sing Sing, says that baptizing inmates was one of the more powerful things he got to do there, and that his little congregation understood it as turning sinners into saints.  He also talks about the fact that all saints have a past and all sinners have a future.1
 
All of us are both...
October 30, 2011

 

"The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock." Getting here has had something in common with that storm and flood, only it’s been snow rather than rain.  Yet this house continues to stand fast.  
 
Your lengthy history in this place has been...