Let Freedom Ring!

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become servants to one another. Galatians 5:13 Independent Day is a fine time for Christians who are also Americans to reflect on...
I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35

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...
Critical Race Theory and the Doctrine of Original Sin

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...
To Carmel and Back Again

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...
The Egg and the Tomb

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. To celebrate the return of light and...
In Sure and Certain 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. While the focus is often on...
The Lord is my Shepherd

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.  Both of these passages describe and...
Ring out, wild bells!

Ring out, wild bells!

The new year has arrived, and I have been reflecting on our times.  My mood has been somewhat melancholy.  The discipline of history has become quite sophisticated and nuanced, and we know more about our past than ever, and yet we seem no more interested in learning...
Oh Advent! Rich in Metaphor & Mystery!

Oh Advent! Rich in Metaphor & Mystery!

So last week I offered my translation of the first three of the O Antiphons, and today I will share my translation of two more. I’ve been a little free, but not too wild in my departure from tradition. I confess it has been fun for me to read a little Latin again,...
Oh Advent! Rich in Metaphor & Mystery!

O Advent! You are so full of arcane traditions!

Among the ancient traditions of Advent are the “O” Antiphons. From at least the 8th century Christians have recited one these seven little prayers during each evening worship service (vespers) in the week leading up to Christmas. Each “O” addresses Jesus...
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