Pulpit Posts 2017-06-13T16:32:54+00:00

Scratch The Surface…

     Last week, the “Sketch Guy” at the New York Times offered a short piece titled, "Ask Yourself This: What Burdens Is That Other Person Carrying?” In it, he described getting some horrible news about

By | July 20th, 2018|

The Episcopal Church’s 2018 General Convention Addresses Justice and Love

Over the past nine days, the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church has been taking place in Austin, TX. Held every three years, General Convention is the national legislative body of our denomination. The Constitutions of both the United States and the Episcopal Church were written around the same time and so you may not be surprised to learn that the governing structures have some similarities....

By | July 13th, 2018|

The Gift of Joy and Wonder

The first time I moved to Manhattan was in the autumn of 1981. I arrived as a college student, and while I had been raised in a metropolitan area (read: suburb) of Boston, a savvy city-dweller I was not. Of my two parents, my mother was more deeply concerned about her young daughter’s naiveté. She talked to as many people as she could about her worries, compiling a list of do’s and don’ts presented to me just before I left. Do stride purposefully when you are walking anywhere; don’t pull out a map and look confused when you are navigating a new neighborhood. Do avoid eye contact, don’t travel anywhere alone after dark. It was a typical list of behaviors given from an anxious parent to an oblivious, overly confident young person—and like most oblivious, overly confident young people I smiled and nodded and dismissed much of what she said.....

By | July 6th, 2018|

The Faith Healer

There are some Biblical texts that refer to the relationship between sickness and sin or between forgiveness and healing. These relationships exist not because God has decided to inflict sickness, but because sickness and sin define everything that is wrong with our world. In other words, they define the mess that God comes to clean up. There are those who believe that God should rid the world of sickness and death, and that belief might make some sense. If God protected everyone who believed in Him, then everyone would believe not out of love, but out of a calculated self-interest. People would believe only so that God would take care of them and their families....

By | July 3rd, 2018|

The More You Think You Know…

One of the many interesting processes I have engaged since beginning my part in the ministry at Holy Apostles is the experience of presiding at the liturgy. Although I have been ordained for over 26 years, the liturgical style in this place is very different from that in any of the positions I have held in the past. And the areas that are similar, I have grown accustomed to certain ways of doing things that aren’t always consistent with the way worship happens here. So, I have had to cast my thoughts back to my original training (Prayer Book class in 1991—yikes!). I have made the trek to my bookshelf to dust off some of the first resources I was given during those early days of my vocation. And I must admit that it has been edifying—fun, even—to re-encounter with fresh eyes information important to the work that I do. It has helped me focus on certain things I took for granted and prompted me to question some of my default settings; some of the things I always do because that’s the way I’ve always done them.....

By | July 3rd, 2018|

Evelyn Underhill and the Sacrament of the Present Moment

Today, June 15, we mark the feast day of Evelyn Underhill, a writer, spiritual director, and retreat leader who helped Anglicans recover the gifts of an intentional spiritual life. She was born in 1875, grew up in London, and in her early adulthood struggled over whether to convert to Roman Catholicism. In 1921 she decided to commit to her Anglican roots, while also being what she called a “Catholic Christian.”...

By | June 15th, 2018|

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