Category Archives: reflection

Church Safety

The Rev. Dr. Maria Kane, rector of St. Paul’s in Waldorf, wrote a pastoral letter to the congregation that she has given me permission to share: After Sunday’s tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, we have been forced to confront … Continue reading

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Blessed in All Things

Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5.1 Years ago I presided at an outdoor wedding for the sister of one our friends in the neighborhood. It was joyous occasion, as weddings are. … Continue reading

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Who Will We Be While We Do What We Do?

That was the question posed by Nancy Beach, one of the speakers at the Leadership Institute sponsored by the Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City two months ago. It’s a question that strikes to the heart of our culture, our … Continue reading

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Prayer 201

What follows are excerpts from a sermon preached at St. Alban’s  Church,Washington DC on October 15, 2017. One of the more challenging aspects of prayer is how to pray for other people and what we hope or imagine will happen … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Prayer

These are excerpts from a sermon preached at Trinity Church, Newport. I’ll continue this series on prayer both in these writings and in the pulpit. Today I would like to talk to you about prayer. How we pray to God … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Prayer

Thoughts on Prayer Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord teach us to pray. . .” Luke 11:1 I was among those who publicly stated, in response … Continue reading

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Dr. Brené Brown to Speak at Washington National Cathedral

Stop walking through the world looking for evidence that you don’t belong because you will always find it. You don’t negotiate belonging externally; you carry it in your heart. No one belongs here more than you. Brené Brown Dr. Brené … Continue reading

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What Matters Most

Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:45-46 Some of the most helpful … Continue reading

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When Walking by Faith

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Exodus 12: 1 We often say, for … Continue reading

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Easter Message: A Love that Refuses to Die

Sitting in church at a funeral for my friend’s mom, I heard as if for the first time a familiar Scripture passage, more typically read at weddings:   Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful … Continue reading

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