Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

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]...

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...