In a sermon punctuated by laughter, applause, and poignant silence, the Rt Revd Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Church, fired up attendees at the 19th Annual Jonathan Daniels and Martyrs of Alabama Pilgrimage in Hayneville, AL, on August 15th.
Clearly, even with a divine teacher, education is a two-way street. Jesus does the teaching, but we must do the learning. We are the children of God… not the robots of God. Jesus does not program us. He reveals the will of God. He embodies the love of God. And we have free will to reject or embrace these teachings.
Clementa Pinckney and Sharonda Coleman-Singleton performing a baptism at Mother Emanuel
Fr. Scott Russell, Rector of St Brendan’s Episcopal Church, preached his sermon this Sunday on the shootings in Charleston, at Mother Emanuel.
Russell focuses on racism and the real cost in human lives that white fear enacts, quoting Maya Angelou’s response to the September 11th attacks, and noting that most white Americans don’t have the lived experiences or awareness of racism.
From the sermon:
For one thing, I think many if not most […]
by Anthony “Bud” Thurston
I’ve chosen some words from the Broadway musical, written by Stephen Sondheim, entitled, “Into the Woods.” This musical is essentially a parable about foreboding wilderness and bright hilltops; about superficial deceit and deep human compassion; about terrifying wolves and giants and warm and engaging children—and at one and the same time this musical has dark implications as well as a sweet simplicity.
In other words, “Into the Woods” is a musical about what it means to be […]