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Thursday, July 31, 2014
In the early years of ordained ministry, as I was adjusting to the demands of parish life and a young family, I was invited to serve on an advisory board for a local food pantry and shelter for homeless families. It seemed like a manageable commitment, one small way I might serve the wider community.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Like many of you, I wake every morning and turn on the news, praying to hear of some respite for those who are directly affected by the barrage of violence, destruction and illness around the globe.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
When I arrived at Camp EDOW early Wednesday morning, all was quiet. I found the campers and their counselors in the dining hall finishing breakfast.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
For two days this week, I was blessed to take part in a clergy conversation led by the Rev. Dr. Stephanie Nagley of St. Luke’s, Bethesda.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Numbers have a way of numbing human compassion. If the story were of one child making the treacherous journey from Honduras to the United States, our collective response would most likely be of kindness, intense curiosity about the circumstances that would compel a child toward such danger, and an outpouring of material support.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Years ago the parish I served instituted a July 4th weekend worship service that transformed one of the lowest attended Sundays of the year into a beloved community gathering.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The greatest mystery and miracle of life is that we are here.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
For two days this week, I hosted the Rev. Cameron Trimble of the Center for Progressive Renewal, an organization dedicated to the revitalization of mainline churches. One of the many questions she asked about our diocese was “What are your leaders reading?”
Thursday, June 12, 2014
I write to tell you of a significant change in diocesan leadership.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
One of the churches I admire and try to learn from, the National Community Church in Washington DC, has as its summer small group theme: Have Fun. Bring a Friend.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
A journalist in Arizona called to ask if I had any thoughts on how Richard Martinez, the outspoken father a young man killed in last Friday’s shooting in Isla Vista California, could craft a persuasive gun control message. In his grief, Martinez has said that he is determined to speak and to act until something changes.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Last Monday I attended a concert performance of "Children of Eden," a musical by Stephen Schwartz, which tells the Biblical stories of Creation, the Fall and the Flood.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Wandering through the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History a few months ago, I came upon an exhibit that put the cares and occupations of my life into humbling perspective: The Hall of Human Origins.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
This week I spent 2½ days with many clergy of the diocese on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore. It was our annual clergy conference, a time set apart for prayer, friendships, and conversation about where we sense God is leading our diocese.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
One of the best things to do when you need to clear your head and think a matter through is to take a walk.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
At the beginning of Holy Week, I started reading Barbara Brown Taylor's new book, Learning to Walk in the Dark.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Surrounded by pilgrims from around the world, we stood on the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem, as Jesus did when he wept for her people.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
In these last days of Lent, I have been privileged to be part of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from St. John's Norwood Episcopal Church, led by the Rev. Sari Ateek, himself a Palestinian Christian.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
There are many ways of seeing and many forms of blindness. And as those who wear glasses know well enough, there are gradations of sight and blindness that we all live with, measured against the somewhat arbitrary standard of “perfect vision” we know as 20/20.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Last Tuesday morning, 26 cyclists rode into the Cathedral grounds near the end of a ride that began days earlier in Newtown Connecticut. One of cyclists, Mark Barden, lost his son at Sandy Hook Elementary School. "Daniel was a constant light of energy and love. He was murdered in his first grade classroom,” he said with quiet dignity. “As we rode through towns and cities, it was encouraging that a growing number of people no longer accept these deaths. They realize that the patriot's way is to protect neighborhoods, communities and children from gun violence."
Thursday, March 13, 2014
As Christians, we’re prone to divide ourselves into two camps, according to our comfort level with this notion of being born again or born from above.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
There is a world of difference between the wilderness we choose to enter and the wilderness that is thrust upon us.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
My sister recently attended a weekend retreat entitled Walking with Christ - A Journey of a Lifetime. In one session, the facilitator walked into the room carrying all sorts of luggage—backpacks, roller bags, and totes.
Friday, February 21, 2014
One of the best parts of my job is presiding at services of Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation of Faith.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
A journalist asked me this week if I had a strong role model growing up, or if there was someone who served as my greatest inspiration.
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