All Saints’ Day feels particularly personal to me this year, having lost my father just a couple of weeks ago. I am sad that I no longer experience his physical presence, and I celebrate the constant support he gave me, the ways he taught me to work hard and be curious, the delight he showed… Read More
RCL: Witnesses and Truth
Matthew 18:15-20 passage starts with the goal: To regain that one. In a time where the lost sheep parable is being used exhaustively to discuss Black Lives Matter (and some Queer Acceptance) in the church, I find it very hard to discern what it means to be lost. Certainly those who are asking for basic… Read More
Pastoral is Political: Near the Cross Was Mary Weeping
I’ve found myself drawn to images of the Marys at the foot of the cross. Death, particularly the death of someone you love, is hard to watch. I suppose it is a natural human instinct to look away or to hide from the grief and horror before you. It takes a spiritual hardiness to remain… Read More
Sunday Prayer: come and see
We are looking, God.
We are looking everywhere.
we think we see glimpses
of your glory,
but then it seems to disappear
before our very eyes. Read More
The Pastoral is Political: Witnesses
There’s a cloud over your ballot. No, it’s not rigged or marked to be trashed or about to get literally soaked by rain or snow. I mean: there is a cloud of witnesses over your ballot. Yes, you… there in the small booth or at your kitchen counter or in the post office or marking on… Read More
The Pastoral is Political – The _Pastor_ Is Political
In the US, we just had “mid term elections,” where we don’t have an election for president but we do elect the entire lower house of our legislature (House of Representatives) and roughly one third of our upper house (Senate), as well as many state, county/parish, township, city, and other positions. So when I say… Read More