Timothy B. Safford

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August 9, 2009

Old movie buffs had reason to mourn Budd Shulberg this past week. He wrote the screenplay for the 1954 Academy Award Best Picture, On the Waterfront. Besides being a movie about mob corruption on the docks of New Jersey, On the Waterfront...

June 7, 2009

NOTE TO READER: IF THIS SERMON IS USED IN WORSHIP, YOU MIGHT CONSIDER PLAYING THE MUSICAL NOTES DESCRIBED IN THE TEXT ON A PIANO. Imagine that you are sitting at a piano, and with your left hand you press down on the key in the middle...

May 17, 2009

In the Acts of the Apostles, we see our Christian Church in its earliest, most perfect and probably most idealized form. There were no buildings, doctrines, vestments, or rituals; just the power of the Holy Spirit giving the preached...

January 14, 2009

When I read about the dioceses of San Joaquin, Pittsburgh, Quincy and Fort Worth jockeying to transfer their diocesan properties to the Province of the Southern Cone, my mind immediately jumps to Luke 15:11: "There was a man who had two...

July 10, 2008

As always, July 17 is the feast day for William White, first Presiding Bishop and primary architect of the Episcopal Church's unique form of governance. This year, July 17 finds the bishops of the Episcopal Church who are attending the...

February 11, 2008

Absalom Jones is one of the Episcopal Church's and our nation's most heroic founding fathers, and on February 13, we commemorate blessed Absalom, the first black priest and founder of the first black congregation in the Episcopal Church....

September 30, 2007

General Convention 2006 called the Episcopal Church to confront the sin of slavery in our past. At Christ Church in Philadelphia, we put this to the test, attempting to make "a full, faithful and informed accounting of our history."...