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Sermons and Statements

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 non-profits can work together to end modern forms of slavery.  As the Council finished its meeting, we thanked the young woman who guided us...

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 with a broad outline of the history behind the present situation here, from three primary perspectives:  the history of Okinawa, the history...

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 aged household?  Actually, I think we are supposed to do just that, and I think you all have been in on the story for quite a...

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 a couple of days ago, they basically said it was news to them and they’d see what they could find out.  One of...

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 meant to be a kind of spring training, a time to learn or remember the skills and habits of Christian living....

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 the glory of God’s created order as well as the labors of a parish priest.  His later poetry reflected his war experience and his deeply...

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 of going out into the streets – to the train station or subway, on a bus to the airport (and on a cross-country flight), bearing ashes and...

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 people called Grace has helped start at least seven other congregations, you founded Jamaica Hospital, and you...

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’s Cathedral I met an 8-year-old doing the same thing – he was entrusted with carrying the gospel book.  An older boy...

December 24, 2012

I bring you glad tidings of great joy!  A child is born, a prince of peace who will establish justice, here and around this earth.  He will be guide and counselor, a ruler to lead us in paths of peace, who will break down walls and make the path straight.  The prophet promises a prince of peace who will burn all the combat boots and bloodied uniforms, stoking a fire to light the...