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”

Foolishness of Love

Everyone, everywhere wants to be of value. Everyone, everywhere wants to be loved. Christians believe that, in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, love came down as one of us. This human being, Christians contend, entered into the mystery of human violence; suffering and dying, and rising to new life to show that our inheritantContinue reading “Foolishness of Love”

2017 Season of Gratitude Day 6

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Today I’m grateful for a productive day on-site at Emmanuel Episcopal Church: for Emmanuel’s Administrator, Lisa, for her patience, energy & enthusiasm, for her willingness to process whatever comes; for a blessed time of Noonday Prayer from the BCP, for Office Hymns, for a tuned piano, for friendly visitors, for aContinue reading “2017 Season of Gratitude Day 6”

2017 Season of Gratitude Day 5

Monday, November 27 Today I’m thankful for a Sabbath Day Rest: for going back to bed and catching up on sleep. For a slow morning reading the Anglican and Episcopal History journal, for phone conversations with friends, lunch with the same, a gentle time of errands, a time making hummus, tomato & onion soup (andContinue reading “2017 Season of Gratitude Day 5”

2017 Season of Gratitude Day 4

Sunday, November 26, 2017 Today I was thankful for the Lord’s Day: for baptizing an amazing, beautiful baby boy at the 7:30 am service, for fitting 28 people in the chapel!, for bringing in the godparents via Skype, for the wonder of modern technology & all those that make it possible. And for the 10:00Continue reading “2017 Season of Gratitude Day 4”

2017 Season of Gratitude Day 3

Saturday, November 25, 2017 Today I was thankful for an amazing vegan breakfast with my family and a beautiful Emmanuel Episcopal family, for the smell and smile of a new-born, for family love, brotherly love, for sisterly love, for shared loved. And for the beauty of misty mountains, banana trees, strawberry guava, breadfruit, and lilikoiContinue reading “2017 Season of Gratitude Day 3”