Seasons of the Church, Rhythm of Life

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One of the principal things the Episcopal Church has to offer in keeping with its catholic tradition is its liturgical life, an aesthetic expression of the relationship between God and humanity. It is our gift. From Sunday to Sunday we don’t randomly select prayers and hymns and scripture; instead we follow a time honored order […] Read more »

Of Resurrection Now

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We are approaching the end of the fifty days of Easter. The last day of Easter is this Sunday, the feast of Pentecost, at which we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church. The writer of Luke and Acts has this “red letter” event occurring fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection. The writer […] Read more »

Of Perfection

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Lucinda Williams, Texas singer songwriter extraordinaire, by way of Arkansas, has a famous song in which she exhorts us to “get right with God.” Why are we so obsessed with getting it right? Another formidable prophet, Jesus of Nazareth, entreats us to be “perfect as the Father is perfect.” In our western modern culture we […] Read more »

Of Christ the Tiger

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I am reading currently Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich’s new novel entitled Secondhand Time, the End of the Soviets. It is a fascinating account of the dissolution of the Soviet empire in which the author uses as her primary text interviews of of her friends and neighbors, government officials, political prisoners, intellectuals, really people from all […] Read more »

A Homily for Ash Wednesday

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Our liturgy, as it travels among the seasons of the year… in its proclamation of the faith… the best we can say for our collective speculations as to the nature of God, of Jesus, of the Holy Spirit… the best we can say of our faith is that it is ambiguous… at best….. that our […] Read more »