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.
A Lazarus Meditation
, May 10, 2017
This week's blog features a guest writer, parishioner Jim Sanders.
Hope & Resilience
, December 14, 2016
From the cowardice that shrinks from new truth, from the laziness that is content with half-truths, from the arrogance which thinks it knows all truth, O God of Truth, deliver us! ~ an African Prayer
What Does the Lord Require of You...
, November 10, 2016
What does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6.8
The Shoe Tree
, October 1, 2015
Preaching on the occasion of a wedding is an interesting exercise. In my experience, whatever words the preacher offers on such a special day for the couple and their families are often “forgotten” in the solemnity of the exchange of sacred vows, as well as the overflowing effervescence and joy of the bride and groom and guests.
To have and to have not….
, April 15, 2015
Each week I am humbled and blessed to work in concert with our Lazarus counselors and Lazarus guests to thoughtfully share our resources. Our resources become the lifeline that keep people housed, keep water running, lights and heat on, ensure vital medicines are purchased and medical bills are covered. Each week we look to each other to make good decisions based on the circumstances and the money we have available that day and we offer our own brand of hospitality and caring.
, March 25, 2015
This post by Sarah DeCamps is from Honduras, Our Little Roses Home For Girls, where Liz Hoekstra and Sarah are visiting the girls now:
The Words of Dr. King
, January 28, 2015
Just over a week ago, on the federal holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday, Christ Church was open for a feast of words. We held a day of readings from the works of Dr. King. From noon until 7:00 p.m., sermons and speeches by Dr. King were read by a variety of people from the church and the community. Over fifty people, in addition to the 16 readers who had signed up in advance, came to listen, with some being moved to join in the readings and one gentleman offering song to enrich the day.
The Light Shines, Even in the Darkness
, December 17, 2014
The news today is full of sadness. A massacre at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan. A veteran likely suffering from PTSD is suspected of killing several current and ex-family members north of Philadelphia. The aftermath of the hostage standoff in Sydney, Australia. Continued protests and prayer vigils that call for an examination of how America's criminal justice system works for, yet also fails, its citizens. And those are just the headlines of the day.
Praying, Listening, Hearing, and being open to the Journey
, November 26, 2014
I’ve known the Very Rev. Mike Kinman, currently the dean of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, for six years now and knew of him before that when he was a college chaplain. I have followed the work he has done with other clergy in the St. Louis area since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri this past August. Here is one of the four things he asked in particular of his clergy colleagues last week: