Happy Juneteenth!

Over two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Major General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, that “all slaves are free.” Real freedom did not come to most of the “freed” people in Texas until somewhat later, and laws quickly sprang up to control and circumscribe their lives. Nevertheless, African Americans adopted the date of Granger’s order to celebrate emancipation.

From Ghoulies and Ghosties Good Lord, Deliver Us

Did you know that the Episcopal Church has a worship service for Halloween?  It’s true! Special readings and prayers are appointed for the Eve of All Hallows—more commonly called the Feast of All Saints—as a way of putting the festivities and frissons of Halloween in Christian context.

A Tale Tolled by the Bellringer: Holy Needlepoint!

Trinity Church is abundantly blessed with both the beauty of God’s holiness and the inspired beauty of human artistry. Our gloriously carved altar, handsome chancel furnishings, and sublime stained-glass, combine with intricate needlework created by parishioners over the years to magnify the splendor of our surroundings.

I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35

One of Trinity Church’s most cherished gifts is hospitality. Nobody puts on a spread like Trinity, and the feeling of warmth and generosity among us is second to none. Perhaps the most grievous loss for us over the past 15 months has been the shut-down of our Second Sunday Breakfast, a time when we share a meal and some fellowship with the community.

Critical Race Theory and the Doctrine of Original Sin

There has been a lot of kerfuffle about Critical Race theory of late, most of it unhelpful and much of it misleading. So on this anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre and Juneteenth, I thought I would take this moment to offer what I hope will be a helpful (thought surely imperfect) analogy for understanding Critical Race Theory.

To Carmel and Back Again

This week, Mary and I visited the Episcopal Carmel of St Teresa monastery up in Rising Sun. Some weeks ago I received a letter from Carmelite Sister Teresa Irene to offer us back a sweet little altar that Rev. Jim Ransom had given them some twenty or so years ago.

The Egg and the Tomb

In the shorter, cooler days of autumn and winter, chickens lay fewer eggs, or stop laying altogether. Among the surest signs of spring’s return are the first fresh eggs. Thus did the egg become a potent symbol of life and hope.

In Sure and Certain Hope

Rogation Sunday is upon us. The Sunday before Ascension Day is traditionally a day when we raise our voices to God in supplication for health, prosperity, justice, and well-being for ourselves, the community, and the whole world.

The Lord is my Shepherd

We often refer to this Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Eastertide, as Good Shepherd Sunday. Some of our most beloved—and simultaneously puzzling—readings fall on this Sunday, Psalm 23 and John 10:1-18, the Good Shepherd Discourse.

Ring out, wild bells!

The new year has arrived, and I have been reflecting on our times. My mood has been somewhat melancholy.