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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Ezekiel 33:7-11, Psalm 119:33-40, Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20 If another member of the church sins against you . . . followed by a detailed protocol of what to do, how to respond. When Jesus tells us to do something, we pay attention—we love our neighbors, we feed the hungry, visit the sick and imprisoned, and […]

Crabby MD

Nothing for months, and then two posts in a row. I can’t say this is because life has slowed enough to be able to reflect on it, but neither is there anything so pressing that I can’t indulge in some work-avoidance. And this one is about work: the work I do supervising residents–young doctors in […]

Meeting Jesus: Easter 2 (John 20:19-31)

I was in a gathering yesterday that had a lot of preachers—not what you might expect at a bridal shower, but there we were. And of course, all of us—Episcopalian and Lutheran—are preaching on this gospel this morning. We compared notes: one finds herself drawn to the part about “retaining sins”; one is talking about […]

Graduation: Clinical Pastoral Education

I was asked to give the reflection for the graduation ceremony of the Clinical Pastoral Education program in the hospital where I work and teach. CPE provides theological and professional education for ministry in the hospital setting. Many seminaries require a unit of CPE; some denominations require it. Here is the talk as I gave […]

Sermon on July 4, 2010

This sermon was given for the annual Jazz Eucharist at Trinity. We have here three curious lessons: A powerful leader (not a king-a general) who happens to be a “leper” A nameless servant girl, who knows what to do A trip not to the prophet, but to a king-who is clueless Elisha takes over-but never […]

The Right Reverend Alan kindly told me I don’t need to write Ember Day letters now that I’ve moved from discernment through ordination. I am supposed to write him annually, on the anniversary of my ordination. None of my Ember Day letters were quite this late, but here’s what I’d be telling him: Being ordained […]

Epiphany 5: Ordination

It happened, it was glorious, it fed eyes and ears and touch and smell (yes, incense) and taste. And I can’t believe I’m fretting that I got so many things wrong. Maybe not all my fault, and fortunately things that happened after hands were laid, but still, I wish I’d done better. We did rehearse; […]

500 lucid words on sacrament

This evening I am supposed to be writing 500 lucid words on Richard Hooker’s concept of the real presence in the Eucharist. I am not willing to do so just now. This evening I went to the laundromat (a necessity, since mice ate something important in my washing machine) (or, since I find cleanliness preferable, […]

Last message from Boston

Or Cambridge. Tomorrow I’ll get the sheets washed early, finish packing, go out for breakfast (no food left in the house), and meet Tina at noon to do more street ministry. Though after only four weeks, when I’m out by myself I recognize people–John, bumming for change; someone with tooth pain whose name I can’t […]

hanging out in Cambridge: lots of pictures

two notes: first, I apologize for all the white space. Haven’t quite mastered all the tricks of this. And second, clicking on any photo will take you to flickr and a larger version of the photo. Here is the monastery I walk past every day-the shortcut pedestrian way towards Harvard Square and the Tstop (subway) […]