Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

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,...
September 11, 2011

 

What’s it like to be attacked?  And what governs our response?  How do we heal and find our way forward?
I wasn’t here ten years ago, but I do have a sense of how confusing and crazy-making a sudden physical attack can be.  I was out for my morning run once when a guy who had been sitting on a bench a couple of seconds earlier ran across my...
September 11, 2011

 

We gather here today in peace, yearning and hoping that peace may come in this land and across the world.  We gather to remember those who died violently and senselessly ten years ago.  We gather to reflect on lives lost, families devastated, and hopes dashed.  And still we gather in hope for hearts that will grow and learn and change, so that no nation will study...
August 21, 2011

 

That Exodus story expresses very modern and present fears.  The Egyptians are afraid in the same way many Americans are – who’s out-populating us?  Is it Muslims, Mormons, or Latino immigrants?  You can hear those fears being stirred on talk radio, about how all those people, the ones who aren’t the mainstream of what America is really all about...
April 21, 2011

 

The Resurrection must be understood in significantly different images and metaphors in the southern hemisphere, when Easter always arrives in the transition from summer to winter.  Even as a hard, hard winter lingers on in northern climes, with unaccustomed April snow in many places, we yearn for the new life we know is waiting around the corner.  As Christians, we...
March 9, 2011

 

We stand at the beginning of Lent, reminded that we are dust and that we shall return to dust at the last.  The people of Haiti know something about dust and ashes, particularly as a sign of destruction and of mourning.  People here are reminded of grief wherever we turn, grief that still sits heavy alongside the piles of ashes and dust.  When those piles...
March 1, 2011

 

 
This sermon was originally preached in Spanish.  The lessons were Exodus 39:42-43; Ps 27; 1Thess 5:11-13,16; Matt 24:14-30.
 
Well, I haven’t been able to figure out why these readings were chosen, unless somebody wanted to put the fear of God into all of us.  Exodus seems to exhort us to “do as God commands if you...
February 4, 2011

 

What do you take with you when you travel?  The last time I went overseas, I saw a family going to Brazil with two small children and about a dozen suitcases, boxes, and bags.  They were trying to rearrange things so that nothing weighed more than 50 pounds.
I try to get what I need into a briefcase and a small carryon suitcase, but when I have to take...
January 23, 2011

 

Andrew and Simon Peter, and the Zebedee brothers are all invited to leave their familiar fishing work and start a different kind of fishing. 
 
Those two sets of Galilean brothers take to the road with Jesus, and follow him as he tells about the good news of God’s reign, feeds and heals people.  That’s what Isaiah calls shining...