Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

October 5, 2013

Congratulations on this initiative – the Bishop Kemper School is a remarkable thing to celebrate!  You are building on the foundation laid by others years ago.  You heard Paul’s reminder:  we’re all God’s servants, working together… and you are God’s building.  Skilled builders laid the foundation, and later workers are building on it....

September 29, 2013

Are you rich, or are you poor?  Stop and ponder this for a minute.  Why have you decided that you’re rich or poor? 

If you have a place to sleep and clothes to wear and food to eat, you and your household are better off than the half of the world’s population who live on $2.50 a day or less.  80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day....

September 22, 2013

In my youth three things were considered inappropriate for dinner-table conversations:  religion, politics, and money.  Sex didn’t merit listing because it wasn’t even mentioned in “polite society.”  The Church has been having that conversation, even if one wag has said that “only bishops could make sex so boring!”  Even the pope is...

September 19, 2013

I promise you that the planning committee did not examine the lectionary before they chose this theme of Transforming Loss into New Possibilities.  But Theodore of Tarsus is a most appropriate witness to that kind of hope and faithfulness.  He was born in Tarsus, what is today southeastern Turkey, in 602, and educated there and in Athens.  He was a speaker of Greek and...

September 15, 2013

What a remarkable milestone!  325 years of faithful worship in this community, with a vibrant and diverse congregation committed to serving the people around you, and those who continue to come here through a very narrow gate.  The history of Christian community here has a great deal to do with narrow gates. 

Most children in the United States learn about the Pilgrims and...

September 12, 2013

What joy is here this morning!  Joy like we’ve just experienced in song and praise is a mark of being fully alive.  The presence of joy is a sign of abundant life. 

We’re here to celebrate education as a vitally important resource for abundant life – not only for students, but for the world around us.  The Episcopal Church has been involved in...

September 10, 2013

We are in the midst of an ongoing conversation about leadership – in this nation, globally, and in the Church.  We are consumed with worry about Syria, about the economic state of this nation and the world, and about the health and sickness in most human systems and systems of creation.  We live with an image of God’s dream for creation, and the work of our lives as a...

September 10, 2013

I am deeply humbled to have been invited here tonight, and I’m also delighted at the opportunity to reflect with you about leadership.  I believe that the fundamental meaning of that word is being an agent of change.  We don’t yet live in the world we yearn for, and therefore change is required.  Leaders gather and motivate others to engender change.

This body...

September 8, 2013

Are you possessed?  Possession isn’t just something that happened to a few sorry souls in Jesus’ day.  That’s really what’s going on in alcoholism or other addictions.  People are driven by the need to get something and maintain a supply of it, and sometimes they’re willing to do almost anything to satisfy that need.  That’s being...

September 7, 2013

Well, Labor Day is behind us, and school has started in most places, and the usual reports are starting to roll in about “what I did on my summer vacation.”  I remember a math teacher in junior high insisting that vacations were times to do what you don’t normally do.  In his case, it meant, “do your algebra homework.”  And as the summer sabbath...