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March 23, 2015

Episcopalians have a prayer that names “this fragile earth, our island home.”[1]  We’ve been praying it for nearly 40 years, yet many are only beginning to awaken to our wanton abuse of this planet.  We profess that God has planted us in a garden...

November 2, 2014

There’s a beautiful place in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada called Angels Camp.  It’s an old gold rush town Mark Twain wrote about, in a story that made him famous.[1]  Angels Camp is the site of exquisite scenery in Calaveras County and home...

October 17, 2014

Ignatius was a martyr.  He didn’t just die for his faith, he agitated for martyrdom.  When he heard the Roman emperor Trajan was nearby, he went and stood in front of him and publicly proclaimed himself a Christian. Since being a Christian was a...

October 12, 2014

Happy anniversary and welcome home!  This celebration seems to have been as big an organizational problem and every bit as complex as a society wedding.  A whole lot of guests have been invited, and I think almost every single one showed up at the...

October 11, 2014

Have you ever had something go wrong during worship?  The day after I was ordained a deacon the bishop came for a visitation.  It was my job to read the gospel.  We took the gospel book down the aisle, opened it, and I started to read, “The Holy...

October 5, 2014

I’ve been at two of TEC’s seminaries this past week, and both of them are embroiled in significant conflict, mostly related to financial challenges, changing realities in the world around us, and what their vision for the future is going to be. ...

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