We Must Reunite All Immigrant Families; We Must Never Forcibly Separate Immigrant Children From Their Families Again

As I write this note to all of you, we are one day away from the time that the court-ordered reunification of all immigrant children forcibly separated from their parents over the past several months must be completed. It seems unlikely that the federal government will meet this...
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Seeing God’s Work (and, thus, God) in Our Community

Some days we can go about our lives with our heads down – forging ahead – and never take the time to look up and appreciate God’s creation. In the same way, we can spend an entire day or week and never notice God’s Spirit at work in the world around us. Our lives are impoverished...
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Working for a Radical

A few days ago, I was amused at a news story I found on my phone (I am never sure how these things arrive on my phone, but I read them sometimes).  The New York Times had “tweeted” the Declaration of Independence to everyone on their “tweet list” (or whatever it is called) on the...
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Praying for the President?

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, One of the strengths of the Episcopal Church is that it shies away from telling people what they should think on most matters – expecting that, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, people will prayerfully make decisions on their own.  One...
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Baptism in the Early Church

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, During the Easter Vigil, we will be baptizing three children from our parish.  It will be a joyous evening.  I hope that you will be able to join us.  The Rite of Baptism has changed significantly in the history of the Church.  I thought that you...
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Listening for God

God lives where we let Him in. Rabbi Menahem Mendel of Kotzk I am about a third of the way through a fascinating book: The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who was the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the...
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Our Parish Priorities

I am very pleased to include a copy of our parish’s priorities for the next several years in this issue of The Epistle. We worked diligently for the past five months to create these priorities.  The process began with a Vestry retreat at my home last May, where we established a...
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