Sir, We Wish to See Jesus!

"They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, 'Sir, we wish to see Jesus'” (John 12:21).  May I speak to you in the name of the One, Holy, and Living God.  Amen. I don’t know if y’all have noticed, but I have a habit of saying some phrases like: “yes sir,"... Continue Reading →

Lent and Love: The Perfect Pair

Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018 My friends, our Ash Wednesday observances and the feast of St. Valentine do not appear to go hand in hand.  In fact, in many ways they seem to be exact opposites—evoking a varied array of emotions within us as we consider the implications of each day.  And yet (through coincidence or perhaps... Continue Reading →


A Sermon for Advent 3 Year B Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 John 1:6-8, 19-28 Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?... Continue Reading →

The Wolf Prowling at Our Door

A celebration of St. Francis of Assisi; Psalm 148:7-14; Matthew 11:25-30 A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis: Lord, make us instruments of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is... Continue Reading →

Communing with St. Julian

OK, I have a confession to make... I never read "Revelations of Divine Love" by St. Julian of Norwich (1342-1416) for my medieval theology class last semester... Perhaps I am a bad feminist... Yes, it has been on my list to read for years now, but I just have never gotten around to it.  However,... Continue Reading →

Feast Day of St. Luke the Evangelist

2 Timothy 4:5–12 Luke 10:1–12 Dedicated to my beloved friends at Berkeley Divinity School. Only six short weeks ago, Across quite a large pond, I sat reciting morning prayer, In a familiar place, With familiar faces, And familiar accents. That Friday morning before my departure to an unknown land, As I sat in St. Luke’s... Continue Reading →

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