The Alexandria Shooting
, June 14, 2017
My prayers are lifted today for those injured in the shooting incident in Del Ray, particularly Steve Scalise, Zach Barth, Roger Williams, Matt Mika, David Bailey and Krystal Griner. I also raise my prayers to God for those who rushed in to help, particularly the U.S. Capitol Police, Alexandria Police, and medical personnel, who regularly put their own lives in jeopardy in order to protect and save the lives of others. I grieve for our communities, for innocence lost and for a delicate peace broken. I pray for the shooter and for the anger and brokenness that lead him to believe that violence was his only recourse.
In quires and places where they sing
, June 7, 2017
If I were to approach the clergy or vestry at any church and say, “Hey, I’ve got 50+ people who are looking to donate 3 to 4 hours each week to the church from September to June, is that OK?” I cannot imagine that they would not jump for joy in response. But perhaps you don’t realize that is what our choirs offer each week, and sometimes more.
I Believe I am So Called
, June 1, 2017
I am delighted to announce that the Right Reverend Edwin F. Gulick Jr. has admitted me as a postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. I have formally started a period of preparation alongside Bishop Gulick leading, God willing, towards ordination to the priesthood.
Not my circus, not my monkeys
, May 24, 2017
The “Greatest Show on Earth” closed its doors last Sunday. After 146 years of traipsing across the country on a mile-long train, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus offered its last show on Long Island. Financial woes and changing tastes in entertainment are assigned as the cause. Being the target of fervent animal rights protesters also took its toll. The company could no longer make enough money to support its 300 cast and crew members.
Not Suit and Tie Guys
, May 18, 2017
Several years ago, I came across this photograph by David LaChapelle from his series “Jesus is my Homeboy”. I find it, and the whole series, powerful images and poignant theological statements about who Jesus was and is.
A Lazarus Meditation
, May 10, 2017
This week's blog features a guest writer, parishioner Jim Sanders.
Dismantling Racism with a Chainsaw
, May 3, 2017
Like a young George Washington with his trusty ax, a member of our youth group prepared to limb the felled tree with a chainsaw. M took in the sights of this local cemetery. He placed the saw on the ground and pulled the starter rope. Vroom! The chainsaw started. M was on his way to creating a more inclusive community – with the help of a chainsaw.
God Sightings - Invite and Engage
, April 26, 2017
Sometimes it is the small encounters that allow for us to see God at work in the world and in our own lives.
An Easter Trifecta: Jesus, Bach, and Dolly
, April 20, 2017
Happy Easter! It is unfortunate that the music of Easter has never caught on in society like the music of Christmas. Walk into any shopping mall and it’s doubtful you’ll hear orchestral arrangements of Welcome, happy morning or Hail thee, festival day blaring through the speakers. Similarly, nobody is clamoring for Beyoncé to record an Easter album with the hope that she’ll include He is risen!
What's Your Part in the Story?
, April 12, 2017
Surprising no one, I’ve been a huge Lady Gaga fan since she burst onto the national scene in 2008. I’ve long admired her for the way she infuses what might otherwise appear to be meaningless pop/dance music with a deep commitment to art and meaning.