Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

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...

October 18, 2013

Well, the parks are open and the government is mostly back at work, but it feels like the division and challenge has just been kicked down the road a couple of months.  We did see some work toward healing the divisions – perhaps most notably the work begun by Senator Susan Collins of Maine.  There is great irony in the fact that much of the division was about healing and health...

October 6, 2013

What is most on your heart this morning?  The continuing chaos in Washington, DC?  The beauty of this place?  Violence in the Middle East?  Joy at seeing friends you love?  Your health, or that of your family or friends?  The beauty of this morning’s sunrise?

There are really only two kinds of prayer:  “HELP!” and “YES!”...

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....