Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

February 5, 2014
Traditionally the church has talked about two kinds of martyrs – white martyrs and red ones.  Red martyrs shed blood for claiming their faith, like Perpetua and Paul, or because of the challenge that they’ve offered to the principalities and powers of this world – like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Oscar Romero.  White martyrs are remarkable witnesses to the way of...
January 18, 2014

The only international museum devoted to slavery is in Liverpool, England.  Long before the Titanic, Liverpool was the site of ship manufacturing and trade in slaves and the products of their labors.  By the 1740s it was the leading British slaving port, and remained so until Britain outlawed the slave trade in 1807.  Liverpool’s merchant ships transported more than a...

December 15, 2013

There’s been a running story in the New York Times this week about a homeless family with 8 children.  They live in a shelter in Brooklyn, and the writer has followed an 11 year old girl in particular – the oldest child who bears outsized responsibility for her younger siblings in this much-stressed family....

November 20, 2013

We’re celebrating 50 years of this remarkable community on the feast of an English king and martyr who died in the year 870.  The two do have something to do with one another.  Not only does this community continue to grow in the communion of saints who’ve shared life here for the last 50 years, but also with the saints from a much longer trajectory in our collective...

November 10, 2013

I am humbled by this honor, and reminded that I stand here only because of the difficult work done by so many women and men before me.  Elizabeth Blackwell went through 29 medical schools before she found one that would admit her, albeit grudgingly after what looked like another attempt to keep her and her gender out.  I give thanks for the male deans and professors who kept their...

November 10, 2013

I recall sitting in the exit row of a plane once, when a very big person arrived to sit across the aisle from me.  I really wondered if that person would physically be able to get through the exit.  It made me reflect on the ways airlines prepare to deal with emergency evacuations – disabled people can’t sit in the exit row, but they still need to get out of the plane, so...

November 9, 2013

From all I have seen of this diocese, your boundaries do indeed enclose a pleasant land, as the psalmist puts it.  You are planted here, as Ezekiel says, with hearts of flesh, for living here in this land as God’s people.  There is joy abundant in this place, for those who know the abiding presence of God.  All of that knowing and belonging and believing is grounded in...

November 8, 2013

Violence is anything that diminishes life.  The word comes from the same root as vital, but violence moves in the opposite direction.  It’s the antithesis of what Jesus speaks of as abundant life or the Reign of God.  Shalom is the ancient vision of a world without violence, where peace prevails because there is justice for all, where everyone lives in right...

November 3, 2013

I was with a group of friends just before Halloween last week, and one of the younger ones said, let’s find a haunted house to visit!  Another, older, one asked why anyone would pay to let someone scare you.  Yet that does seem to be what Halloween is about in this culture – playing with scary things, testing our fears, as a way of reminding ourselves that fear isn’...

October 25, 2013

Today we’re remembering Alfred the Great, who was king of the West Saxons and then the first king of all England.  Born in 849 as fourth son to King Aethelwulf, at a time of pretty constant Danish incursions, he became king at age 22 after his father and brothers died.  He’s the only English monarch called “the great,” and there is good reason.  Within...