, June 15, 2018
On the eve of the first Easter, two travel companions are joined by an inquisitive stranger. Amid the short pilgrimage, the outsider asks to hear news from Jerusalem, so they respond: “are you the only stranger who doesn’t know the things that have happened here?”
, June 7, 2018
On June 28, 1969, the NYPD raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. Following the lead of trans women of color - including the legendary Marsha P. Johnson - the crowd of onlookers fought back against the harassment and police brutality which had plagued the LGBTQ community for decades. The Stonewall Riots are remembered as one of the inciting incidents of the early LGTBQ Rights Movement.
So you think you know Christ Church?
, May 30, 2018
I’m guessing that you’ve seen the commercial that promotes AARP and tries to get those in the over 55 but under 85 category to consider how they might be a part of AARP after all. Now I’m not in that category (yet) but this commercial, along with commercials by Buick and others over the past few years, are trying to get the general public to take another look at an organization or a thing, saying they are different from their stereotype. As I look back over my seven-year ministry at Christ Church, I think I could produce a similar commercial about Christ Church.
Bishop Curry’s Sermon and Letters to Our Little Roses
, May 22, 2018
A few days ago, billions of people tuned in to watch a fairy tale. We cheered and teared up as we celebrated Harry and Meghan's wedding. For me, it was the fiery sermon by Bishop Michael Curry that put love at the center of the celebration.
A Merry, Merry Noise
, May 9, 2018
This past Sunday, our Cherub Choir sang for the final time this program year. As expected, they did a great job. Working with these young singers is a highlight of my week. They are enthusiastic, energetic, inquisitive, loving, and fun.
, March 23, 2018
Wow. I stopped scrolling through my Facebook feed to read what my friend Roger had posted. "Kids nowadays", he started. I thought he was complaining about kids of this generation losing their manners or acting weird. Boy, was I wrong. "Kids nowadays: These kids today are making the world a better place. A safer place." The post was accompanied by a photo of Parkland student Emma Gonzalez (@Emma4Change) holding a sign: #NeverAgain.
Making Worship Longer
, March 14, 2018
Not long ago, I attended a service at a different church and the hymns were all shortened – that is, we only sang random verses of each hymn rather than all of them. It was especially odd given that for one hymn, we sang verses 1 and 4, but verse 3 ended with a comma and verse 4 was a continuation of the thought from verse 3.
Walking the Middle Ground and Marching for our Lives
, March 1, 2018
On the first Sunday in Lent, part of my sermon focused on gun violence, what I see as our nation’s obsession with guns and how that is connected to the second renunciation in the baptism liturgy, and about finding the middle ground for a conversation about guns and gun violence in our nation. Out of the mass shooting and deaths of 14 youth and three adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, our nation has seen two sets of responses. One set has come from the usual sources on their usual sides – and without much middle ground from either those who promote a right to bear arms/guns in the Second Amendment as being without restrictions or from those who promote only having arms/guns as being in the hands of the police and other civil and military authorities.
God is God and I am Not
, February 14, 2018
“Thank you all so much for doing this.”
Saying Goodbye is hard….and yet it’s vitally important to do
, February 7, 2018
Somebody stood in line this past Sunday to tell me they wouldn’t be here for my final Sunday, and then said, “But I am not saying ‘Goodbye.’ I’m saying ‘See you around.’” It was hard even for her to look me in the eye. It’s true, we might bump into each other, he and I, but goodbyes are important and if we avoid them we miss out on something powerful.