Monthly Archives: April 2011

Living As If

Tonight is an invitation really—an invitation to live as if we were there; an invitation to enter into each moment of this journey through Gethsemene to the grave; an invitation to play the different parts, to feel—to really feel the range of emotions present there. Continue reading

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He Lives: Eastering on the Streets

Easter is the hope—the promise that bicycle cops or store managers or passers-by or bureaucrats or judges or jail-keeps won’t be the ones defining our reality. The real Easter joy, the real Easter hope is the dawning awareness that though nothing has changed everything has changed. Death does not get the last word; meanness does not get the last word; cruelty does not get the last word; indifference does not get the last word. God and the Risen Christ get the last word. And that word is Hope. Continue reading

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Companions on the Way

Today we celebrate the lives, faith and work of two men who knew well that stony road, two men who treaded the path watered by the tears of many. Today we celebrate the lives, faith and work of Henry Beard Delany and Edward Thomas Demby—the first two African American bishops in the Episcopal Church….Theirs was not any easy path. The church that ordained them sought to create a separate church for African Americans. The church that ordained them even created a new position—Suffragan Bishop—so that African-Americans would fall under a bishop but not one that could vote in General Convention! Henry Beard Delany and Edward Thomas Demby devoted their lives to serving God’s people and God’s church. They were committed to keeping African Americans in the church proper and not in some side chapel of the larger white Episcopal Church. Continue reading

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The Promise of the Cross

A sermon preached to people who live on the streets–people whom society often entombs and one preached as we remember a friend of the streets who died last week. Continue reading

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Eastering and Ashen Ways

Did you hear the echoes in the texts read this morning—echoes of the Easter story?  Did you hear the current of alleluias running under the words we just heard?  Take a minute.  Shift your perspective just a bit.  Look out … Continue reading

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