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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Country western singer Alan Jackson sings a song of Jesus’ birth that, like many Christmas carols, imagines the manger scene.
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.
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