Dear Church: #MeToo

Update: Since I published this piece, two whole days ago, I have continued to hear stories. Colleagues have sent me private messages of stories that they don't feel comfortable sharing publicly. If you'd like to read just one person's account, check out this post: https://www.episcopalcafe.com/a-taxonomy-of-creeps/ I was also informed by a friend that the #MeToo campaign … Continue reading Dear Church: #MeToo

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Invited to the Banquet (a sermon on Matthew 22:1-14

God’s grace and peace be with all of you. Wedding planning has become an enormous industry, to the tune of some $60 billion a year in the US. Anyone who’s planned a wedding recently knows how complicated and expensive it is. The wedding dress, the bridesmaids’ dresses, the colors, the flowers, the guest list and … Continue reading Invited to the Banquet (a sermon on Matthew 22:1-14

Are You Angry Because I Am Merciful? (a sermon on Jonah)

God’s grace and peace be with all of you. “Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” The story of Jonah and the whale—or Jonah and the big fish—is one of those classics of the Sunday school classroom. I think everyone here probably has at least a vague recollection of … Continue reading Are You Angry Because I Am Merciful? (a sermon on Jonah)

Christ is Present (a sermon on Matthew 18:15-20)

God’s grace and peace be with all of you. There’s a website on the internet (because there’s a website for everything) devoted to chronicling passive-aggressive notes. Passive-aggressive notes are the notes you leave your roommate, or your neighbor, or your co-worker, about something they’re doing that you don’t like. A note on the office refrigerator, … Continue reading Christ is Present (a sermon on Matthew 18:15-20)

A Litany Against White Supremacy

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-white-virginia-rally-20170811-story.html As Charlottesville, VA becomes the focal point of white supremacy and those who stand against it, this litany was prepared by myself and Pastor Elizabeth Rawlings for use in worship.   Litany against white supremacy   Gracious and loving God, In the beginning, you created humanity and declared us very good We were made … Continue reading A Litany Against White Supremacy