Remembering Our Ancestors this Easter

Today I remember and give thanks for my maternal grandparents, Pearl and Len Crawford, who taught me the gift of a hot cup of tea, a warm biscuit (translation—cookie!), and the importance of Scripture and Prayer at home.   Traditionally, in a liturgical sense at least, Christians focus their attention on ancestors in November onContinue reading “Remembering Our Ancestors this Easter”

The hospitable one

Yesterday’s Gospel featured the first of Jesus’ “signs” or miracles. Jesus turns 120+ gallons of water into wine! Here, Jesus attends a wedding, respects the customs of the day, tries not to get involved, yet in the end does anyway. Yet, Jesus doesn’t want to draw attention to himself (and, perhaps to draw attention toContinue reading “The hospitable one”

Worship for the life of the world

Thomas H. Schattauer writes about the essential link between mission and worship in the introductory chapter of Inside Out: Worship in an Age of Mission. Schattauer reminds us that the “visible act of assembly” enacts and signifies the “movement of God for the life of the world.” That is, what we do in our beautifulContinue reading “Worship for the life of the world”

We may need to start from the beginning again

Reflecting on last week’s Epistle reading, Philippians 3:4b-14, Paul seems to say to us — we may need to start from the beginning again. We may need to build a whole new identity. Put everything aside. That’s what Paul speaks about doing when talking about moving away from his old life. There’s going to beContinue reading “We may need to start from the beginning again”

Listening to our Leaders

In this time of awakening, this time of reflection within our nation and our national church, I believe we do well to listen to the voices which have been given voice throughout the U.S. Two such leaders are Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Diocese of Washington and Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows of the Diocese ofContinue reading “Listening to our Leaders”

Deliverance On Eagles’ Wings

“…I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” Exodus 19.4b There they are, the people of God, camped “in front of the mountain.” We imagine the social and emotional exhaustion of a people who have been journeying in the wilderness. We imagine the disconnection and isolation of being thrust into a newContinue reading “Deliverance On Eagles’ Wings”

The attractiveness of truth

In the Episcopal Church today, June 10, (and in the Church of England yesterday), we remember Ephrem of Syria (or Edessa) who died in 373 BCE. Ephrem was a Deacon, a hymn writer, and a teacher. In Hymns of Faith, Ephrem writes: “Truth and love are wings that cannot be separated,for truth without love isContinue reading “The attractiveness of truth”

July 4th, 2018: remembering John P. Lozowsky

     John P. Lozowsky was one of the 2,753 people killed on September 11, 2001 in the attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center.      Today — July 4th — is the 62nd anniversary of his birth.      John was known for his Hawaiian shirts that “raised eyebrows” amidst theContinue reading “July 4th, 2018: remembering John P. Lozowsky”