Richard Burden

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The Rev. Dr. Richard Burden was called as Rector of All Saints Parish in 2014. Born and raised in Colorado, Richard received a BA in Theatre Arts from Colorado State University, an MA in history from the University of Colorado at Denver and a PhD from the University of Chicago, where he studied Christian conversion in early 20th century China. He began his first career as a bookseller working at the Tattered Cover in Denver, and after a journey through academia he discerned a call to ordained ministry which led him to the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, in Berkeley, CA. Richard was ordained in 2009 and was first called to the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington to serve as Priest in Charge, and also to help develop a groundbreaking program of leadership and congregational development known as The Network for Pastoral Leadership. In 2013, he began to sense God calling him in a new direction, this time to New England. He is a Fellow of the Beatitudes Society. He says, “I went into ordained ministry because I wanted to be a catalyst for individuals and communities to become the people that God needs them to be and to do the work God so urgently needs them to do.” With his spouse Monica, he is also a parent to two school aged children. His recorded sermons are available at, you can contact him through the All Saints Brookline Facebook page, twitter @allsaintsbline, and instagram.  

Sermons and Bible Studies

The Other Side, Proper 7 (B) – 2018

June 24, 2018

“Let us go across to the other side,” he says. Why? What’s over there, on that dark shore, with those menacing black clouds? Why do we have to go to […]

The Light Shines in the Darkness, Wednesday in Holy Week – 2017

April 12, 2017

You’ve probably heard the story of the two wolves. It’s often told as coming from one of the various First Peoples, usually Cherokee, but it’s one of those stories that […]

Relationships Are Tricky, Proper 7 (C) – 2016

June 19, 2016

Relationships are tricky. They require both well-formed individuals and a cohesive communal whole. Individuals who are too isolated, and deprived of human contact are often quite damaged. Mad and raving […]

What Is Truth?, Good Friday – 2016

March 25, 2016

“What is truth?” That famous question Pilate asks, stares us in the face every year on Good Friday. The fact that it seemingly is left unanswered remains a challenge to […]

My Soul Magnifies the Lord, Advent 4 (C) – 2015

December 20, 2015

“My heart exults in the Lord … My strength is exalted in my God …” Sound familiar? Today we hear the Magnificat, that great song of Mary that the author […]

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