Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

June 23, 2013

The nations have gathered, and streamed in to this city set on a hill – there are supposedly 7 hills here, and this is almost certainly the highest one with a church! – the nations have come up to the house of the Lord with great rejoicing.  It is exceedingly fitting to celebrate 40 years of Asiamerica ministry in this church, in this city, in this part of God’s creation...

June 16, 2013

Has anyone here ever worked as a shepherd, or known someone who did?  My husband and I kept goats for a long time, but never sheep.  We did get to know a shepherd one summer in Nevada.  We never actually saw him, but we did see the messages he carved on trees as he followed the sheep:  Antonio Hidalgo, peruano, borreguero, con muchos cojones y poco dinero....

June 2, 2013

I’m sure it hasn’t been raining here for 110 years, even though it must seem that way.  The Isar is in flood, the trees along the banks have their roots and lower trunks covered, and the mature trees floating downstream look like so many twigs.  The falls near the Englischer Garten are boiling like lava, with water thrown up as high as the bridge nearby.  The...

May 30, 2013

Creator, we give you thanks for all you are and all you bring to us for our visit within your creation.  In Jesus, you place the Gospel in the center of this sacred circle through which all of creation is related.  You show us the way to live a generous and compassionate life.  Give us your strength to live together with respect and commitment as we grow in your spirit, for...

May 30, 2013

I want to invite us to consider what kinds of proclamation are likely to be needed as we move into the future that God is creating all around us.  We live in a world that’s changing rapidly, is increasingly interconnected, and at least in much of the developed world, functions more and more on a virtual level.  Basic human challenges continue – not least our fallen nature...

May 25, 2013

Today is the feast of Bede, who lived from 673 to 735, and is probably best known for writing a history of the English church from its beginnings up to the early 8th century.  Much of what we know about Augustine of Canterbury and others who brought Christianity to the British Isles again after the Romans left is due to his work.  Bede spent nearly his entire life in the...

May 21, 2013

The ongoing tragedy of conflict throughout the Middle East challenges people of faith throughout the world.  As Christians, we share a vision of a healed world where no one lives in fear of death or violence.  We have gathered here to listen to the stories of those who live in the midst of these conflicts, to stand in solidarity with those who suffer, and to strategize ways in which...

May 19, 2013

I met a remarkable woman in Atlanta this week.  We were gathered at an ecumenical conference on peace-making on the Korean peninsula, where a state of war continues, because a final peace agreement has never been signed.  As we stood around before the day’s events began, I asked where she was from and she began to tell me her story.  She is married to a Methodist pastor in...

May 16, 2013

We are here to speak about peace in Korea, and consider what role the churches might have to play in promoting peace and reconciliation.  I’m going to begin with a broad outline of the history behind the present situation, and consider some themes that might offer a way into the process of making peace.

I want to challenge us to consider similar situations around the world,...

May 12, 2013

The beauty of this place is legendary.  It is beautiful – and fragile, for its beauty depends on a dynamic balance among the parts of this island system.  Many people don’t notice beauty around them until it’s gone.  When we go somewhere that looks very different, often it takes a long time to appreciate that it has beauty, even though it’s a different...