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April 27, 2014

Alleluia, Christ is risen!  The Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!

So what are we afraid of, even in the midst of this great rejoicing?  For most of the world, fear rarely takes a holiday.  The current threats in Eastern Europe are raising...

April 11, 2014

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.  The ability to do that begins with the heart.  There’s a traditional Irish prayer that goes something like this, “May those who love us love us.  And those who don’t love us, may God turn...

April 6, 2014

My grandfather died almost 50 years ago, but one of his sayings continues to be part of the family lore.  It may be apocryphal, but my mother insisted that when she or her siblings had done something wrong, he would confront them by saying, “we’...

April 4, 2014

I greet you on behalf of The Episcopal Church in 17 nations, where we overlap with this Moravian province and others in the Unitas Fratrum.  Like you, we are part of a global fellowship of provinces, the Anglican Communion.  Episcopalians and...

April 2, 2014

I need to begin by thanking you all for your ministry.  No bishop can long survive without the gifts you bring to an office or diocesan team.  The work you do, and the dedication and excellence you bring to the work, provide an essential kind of...

April 3, 2014

Monday afternoon I met with a group of students at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh.  It’s one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, founded by Episcopalians in 1867 to help educate people who had formerly been enslaved.  One...

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,...

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...

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,...

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....

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