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Walking the Resurrection Road

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.

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The Resurrection Road

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.

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Heart Vision

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.

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As Long As It Takes

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."

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Emptying Our Cup

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.

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Ways in the Wilderness

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.

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Laying Our Burdens Down

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.

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Confirmation

Friday, February 21, 2014

One of the best parts of my job is presiding at services of Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation of Faith.

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Let Your Word Be 'Yes' or 'No'

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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In Stages

Thursday, February 06, 2014

A passage from Scripture came to me as I prepared for Diocesan Convention, as it has at other times in my life when I was no longer at the beginning of a great adventure, but right in the middle of things.

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Friends from Way Back

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Members of Reid Temple AME Church, our host for Diocesan Convention this weekend, have gone out of their way to ensure that we feel at home and among friends in their space.

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Prayer and Witness to Prevent Gun Violence

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Imagine that it is the weekend of March 13-16 (surely it will be warmer then). If you happen to drive by the Washington National Cathedral, you will see 113 tee-shirt covered crosses on the front lawn, each bearing the name of someone killed by gun violence in the District of Columbia in 2013.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

This weekend the country honors one of its greatest leaders who, the Sunday before he was killed with a gun, spoke out against violence from the pulpit of the Washington National Cathedral.

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Backwards and Forwards

Thursday, January 09, 2014

January calls us to look backwards and forwards, and that is certainly true for your diocesan leadership as we look back on the goals we set for 2013 and discern the path ahead.

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God with Us

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas is a season that amplifies our emotions and experiences of life. If it’s joy we feel, we feel more joyful at Christmas; if we are touched by sorrow or emptiness or grief, we feel those things with more poignancy.

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Tears of Love

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Country western singer Alan Jackson sings a song of Jesus’ birth that, like many Christmas carols, imagines the manger scene.

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Light Shining in the Darkness

Thursday, December 12, 2013

One of the most astonishing characteristics of the human species is our collective resilience—how we keep going through hardship and struggle and live lives of hope and possibility.

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Be Still My Soul

Thursday, December 05, 2013

At the recent worship gathering for young adults in Washington, Commonplace, I heard a beautiful version on an old hymn that has become my Advent exhortation to myself:

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Feast and Fast

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

While most of us have been planning our Thanksgiving feasts, a few people have been fasting in a small tent on the National Mall in an effort to highlight the human cost of political inaction on comprehensive immigration reform.

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Draw the Circle Wide: Tending the Edge

Thursday, November 21, 2013

This is the second of a two-part reflection on what it looks like to draw the circle of our faith communities.

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Draw the Circle Wide: Tending to the Center

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Last week I had the privilege of speaking at the Annual Council for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Bishop Rob Wright, formerly of our diocese, asked me to preach on the theme Draw the Circle Wide.

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For Whom Does It Matter?

Thursday, November 07, 2013

At the end of a recent workshop on overcoming obstacles to congregational growth, I asked the participants what they found the most helpful.

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For All the Saints

Thursday, October 31, 2013

In our dining room, we have a set of silver candlesticks that belonged to my grandparents. When I light the candles, I think of my grandmother.

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Beginning the Conversation

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Last summer, in the wake of the shooting death of Howard University student Omar Sykes and the acquittal of George Zimmerman who was on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin, I promised to convene diocesan leaders to consider concrete steps we might take to reduce the gun violence that disproportionately affects young people of color.

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In Stages

Thursday, October 17, 2013

With many in the diocese, I have been reading the Bible this fall, using as my text The Story, an abridged version of the biblical narrative divided into 31 chapters. The chapter I’m reading now tells the story of our people wandering in the wilderness. God leads the people, we’re told, through the wilderness in stages.

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