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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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