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April 27, 2013

Alleluia!

We’re here today to breathe new life into a dying body – the body of God’s creation.  It’s going to take the breath we have in us, and the breath of many, many others.  Breathe in the breath of God, of life, and give it back –...

April 16, 2013

I have been asked to speak about the American military bases here in Okinawa, and what role our respective churches have to play in regard to those bases.  So that we might all begin with a shared understanding of these realities, I will begin...

April 21, 2013

 

Last week an advisory council I’m part of gave the Obama administration a report on human trafficking.[1]  It has ten major recommendations on how government, faith groups, and...

April 7, 2013

I’ve been having browser problems for the last couple of weeks.  I haven’t been able to find videos that Episcopal News Service has been posting.  The link works, but no video box comes up on the story page.  When I asked the communications crew...

April 7, 2013

Happy Anniversary!  There is some really delightful possibility in using the readings for the eve of Annunciation to celebrate your 90 years.  There must be a story of Hannah or Elizabeth in the offing.  Are we to expect a surprising birth in an...

March 3, 2013

I had several robust conversations last week with the members of Executive Council, and with members of the churchwide staff, about Ashes to Go.  Episcopalians from all across this Church talked about their experiences on Ash Wednesday...

March 8, 2013

Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy was a priest of the Church of England who volunteered to serve as an army chaplain in the First World War.  He was a notable and skilled poet, not unlike his predecessors George Herbert and John Donne, well rooted in...

March 17, 2013

How’s your Lent been this year?  Some people think you’re supposed to give up all frivolity, laughter, and joy, and just act depressed, because – you know – this is all about discipline.  That really misses the point of Lent.  Lent is...

January 20, 2013

Happy Anniversary to the oldest church in this diocese, and the second oldest in New York!  For three centuries you’ve been a good example of what the collect prays for: “may your people shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory.”  This body of...

December 30, 2012

Several years ago, I visited a congregation in western Kentucky, where the teen-aged boys and girls gave me a T-shirt with their motto:  Grace Church Acolytes – playing with fire since 1853.  On Christmas morning at St. George’...

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