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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 –...
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...
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...
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...

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