Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

March 31, 2014

A week ago I heard a remarkable story about two young women who heard a call.  They thought it was simply about becoming Episcopal priests, but along the way, they began to discover a passion for working in the “hood” on the north side of Troy, NY....

March 21, 2014

Thomas Cranmer is something of an icon for the crazy-quilt nature of Anglicanism.  The collect we prayed gives thanks for the beauty of his liturgical language and notes that his death was revelatory of God’s power in human weakness.  His history is a striking mix of deep theological wrestling and expedient action, both personal and political.  One writer describes his...

March 18, 2014

I was ordained deacon in my sponsoring parish nearly 20 years ago, and the following Sunday the bishop visited.  I was scheduled to read the gospel.  I walked down the aisle, opened the book, and said “the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Mark,” waited for the response, and started reading.  Before I had read more than two sentences I could tell...

March 9, 2014

On Shrove Tuesday this past week I visited the place where Jesus was baptized.  It is now a Jordanian national archaeological park and once again a pilgrimage site.[1]  One of the...

March 5, 2014

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  We begin Lent each year with a reminder that we are created of earth, that humble stuff we tread beneath our feet.  We seldom notice the dust unless we’re trying to remove it from our hands or shoes.  Insults are often rooted in an accusation of being like dirt – worthless and polluting, unfit...

February 27, 2014

We’re celebrating the feast of George Herbert today.  He was a poet and priest of the Church of England, born in 1593 to a wealthy and politically well-connected family.  He went to Cambridge at 16, earned a bachelor’s degree, and was appointed a fellow of Trinity College at the age of 21.  In 1620 Herbert was appointed the university’s Public Orator, a nod to...

February 23, 2014

We’re here today to celebrate the next chapter in a very long story.  The history of this diocese has roots in the first worship by Anglicans, led by Sir Francis Drake’s chaplain north of San Francisco in 1579.  A group of Native Americans stood by and watched.  It took 270 years before there was a settled congregation – which continues today as Trinity-St....

February 22, 2014

When I visited here the last time, I got to see several remarkable ministries.  I am frequently reminded of one of them – an afterschool tutoring program that worked with Sudanese immigrants.  I was given a small piece of art, painted by one of these students.  It shows a brilliant blue sky and rolling brown sand dunes.  It’s intriguing because I don’t...

February 21, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I had a free Sunday in New York and took the opportunity to visit a congregation I’d just heard about.  The subway put me off in a really gritty part of Brooklyn.  Outside the station there were a quite few dilapidated buildings, plenty of graffiti, and a number of signs of emerging new life.  I walked a couple of blocks to a building that houses a...

February 8, 2014

Have you ever noticed how much time and energy we spend on what we eat?  A current best-seller tells us to eat more fat and protein and give up sugars and grains, because they cause dementia.[1]...