The State of the Saints Address 2016

It is an honor and a privilege to stand before you today as your Rector at this 147th Annual Meeting. The theme for 2015 was “Keep Calm and Transition On.”   No one likes change, not your leaders, and most certainly not anyone sitting in the pews. Times of transition can bring out both the…

What is Old Is New

In recent years, both sides of the religious spectrum have raised concerns of religious rights violations in this country. Our conservative brothers and sisters on more than one occasion have argued their religious rights are being violated when a baker is asked to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, and when a county…

The Price of Inclusion

How many of us feel as if their heads are spinning after news broke that the Episcopal Church has been sanctioned by the Anglican Communion for moving forward on same-gender marriage. I suspect what really has our heads spinning is that most of us had no idea the primate’s meeting taking place in Canterbury. Now…

You Are Mine!

How many of us are familiar with the encounter game, Who Are You? The rules are simple, a partner asks you over and over again “who are you?” and you have to come up with a new and different answer every time. Who are you? I am Craig Swan. Who are you? I am a…

Not Everything Is Happy at Christmas

For the last few days there has been more excitement than usual around the Swan house. Its not just because the girls are home, but because the Power Ball, prior to last night’s drawing, was worth over 300 million dollars. 300 million is the breaking point for the Swan family to enter the lottery. Despite…