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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 […]