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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Several years ago, I decided to study how communities of faith move through the process of change, inspired by a new idea or vision for the future.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
My heart goes out to the many in our congregations and communities whose lives are so deeply affected by the federal government shutdown.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Every once in a while, a passage or a story from the Bible not only captures my imagination, but seems to live inside me for an extended period, becoming a lens through which I see God’s presence in my life.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Christ Church, Capitol Hill and St. Augustine’s are our two congregations closest to the Navy Yard. While several of their members and others from our diocesan family were in and around the Navy Yard on Monday, none was hurt. For this we thank God even as our hearts break for those whose lives ended or were forever changed.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
One of the things you can count on, as sure as the force of gravity, is that whenever you work hard to attain a certain level of competence and maturity, you will be asked to do more.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Ralph Waldo Emerson was known to greet friends that he hadn’t seen for a while with the question, “What has become clear to you since last we met?” I confess that Emerson’s question is an easier question for me to answer (and more interesting to ask) than the one we often greet each other with in early September: “How was your summer?”
Thursday, August 29, 2013
This one sentence from the Book of Common Prayer, offered as prayer when we gather around God’s table, evokes the biblical story from Genesis to the Gospels.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Marian Tyrance, a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, DC, recently spoke on local television of her participation fifty years ago in the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Bishop Mariann will be on vacation in August. Watch for the return of the Bishop's Blog in September.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
I write you from Antigua, Guatemala, where I am studying Spanish. Guatemala is a country of contradictions: breath-taking landscapes strewn with garbage; lavish wealth for some and grinding poverty for most; people known for their gracious hospitality and a history of unspeakable violence.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
In my early years as a parish priest, a woman from the congregation approached me. “I’ve been an Episcopalian all my life,” she said, “and I don’t know the first thing about the Bible.”
Thursday, June 27, 2013
The story pivots on a single sentence. A ministry begun on the shores of the Sea of Galilee becomes a journey that no one would fully understand except Jesus himself. He set his face toward Jerusalem and would not be deterred. A lot happened along the way, but his destination was clear.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Last Saturday, 17 of us rode our bicycles through the city of Washington, starting at St. Columba’s Parish, going down Rock Creek Park to the National Monuments, then alongside the Potomac River and back up the Capital Crescent Trail.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
For 10 years, I led clergy conferences that focused on wellness, vocational renewal, and life goals through the organization CREDO. At the end of each conference, clergy participants would write a comprehensive plan, with specific goals they hoped to accomplish.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
I am grateful to the 30+ people who attended the second Overcoming Obstacles to Congregational Growth workshop on June 4 and the nearly 50 people who will join me this evening at St. James, Indian Head. Indeed, wherever I go in the Diocese, I meet leaders who care deeply about their congregations and want the Episcopal Church to thrive and grow. Such desire, I am convinced, is God-given and inspired.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
It was a jarring conversation when a member of the congregation I served asked why I cared more for people coming into the church than for well-established members. “Don’t our preferences matter anymore?” she asked through her tears. “Don’t we matter?”
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