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September 22, 2013

In my youth three things were considered inappropriate for dinner-table conversations:  religion, politics, and money.  Sex didn’t merit listing because it wasn’t even mentioned in “polite society.”  The Church has been having that conversation...

September 19, 2013

I promise you that the planning committee did not examine the lectionary before they chose this theme of Transforming Loss into New Possibilities.  But Theodore of Tarsus is a most appropriate witness to that kind of hope and...

September 15, 2013

What a remarkable milestone!  325 years of faithful worship in this community, with a vibrant and diverse congregation committed to serving the people around you, and those who continue to come here through a very narrow gate.  The history of...

September 12, 2013

What joy is here this morning!  Joy like we’ve just experienced in song and praise is a mark of being fully alive.  The presence of joy is a sign of abundant life. 

We’re here to celebrate education as a vitally important resource for...

September 10, 2013

I am deeply humbled to have been invited here tonight, and I’m also delighted at the opportunity to reflect with you about leadership.  I believe that the fundamental meaning of that word is being an agent of change.  We don’t yet live in the...

September 10, 2013

We are in the midst of an ongoing conversation about leadership – in this nation, globally, and in the Church.  We are consumed with worry about Syria, about the economic state of this nation and the world, and about the health and sickness in...

September 8, 2013

Are you possessed?  Possession isn’t just something that happened to a few sorry souls in Jesus’ day.  That’s really what’s going on in alcoholism or other addictions.  People are driven by the need to get something and maintain a supply of it,...

September 7, 2013

Well, Labor Day is behind us, and school has started in most places, and the usual reports are starting to roll in about “what I did on my summer vacation.”  I remember a math teacher in junior high insisting that vacations were times to do what...

August 15, 2013

I bring you greetings from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, which has been the formal name of The Episcopal Church for nearly 200 years.  Early in our history in the fledgling United States, we began to send missionaries to other...

July 28, 2013

I met a character named “Flat Stanley” a couple of years ago.  One of the people in my office had a friend who asked me to pose for a picture with Flat Stanley.  Stanley is a paper doll who travels with people or is sent by mail to other parts...

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