Holy Surrender

During the summers of my undergraduate years, I taught swimming for the town I lived in. This was a great job for me back in the day. I enjoyed being in the water all day, truly enjoyed what felt like basically playing with the pre-schoolers who filled most of the beginner swimming classes. And luckily,…

Be the Salt of The Earth

For my internship year during seminary, I was placed at Trinity Church, Sigourny Street, in Hartford. Some of you may note a familiar ring. This is where our previous Director of Ministry, Dante was placed last year and continues to work for as their social media specialist. In the mid eighties the west end of…

What Are You Looking For?

I find this morning’s passage from John’s Gospel a bit odd. As we all heard, our passage began with John the Baptist seeing Jesus soon after Jesus’ baptism and then proclaiming to all who could hear him that Jesus is the Lamb of God. He then witnesses to what he experienced at the River Jordan….

Love +Faith = Forgiveness

How many of us have often thought, “if only I had more faith?” I find it comforting this morning that we are not the first to have felt this way. This morning’s Gospel begins with the disciples asking Jesus to help them “ increase their faith.”  Unfortunately the request is taken out of context. For…

Fear Not, for the Kingdom isOurs

One of the great joys of this job is that I get to meet a lot of fascinating people. People who over their lifetimes have truly become the saints of God on Earth. One such person was Ken Hogan. I met Ken soon after I arrived at St Luke’s in the fall of 2003. At…

Respect and Transform

This week My mother and I took our bi-monthly journey to the Uconn Medical Centenr with to meet with her geriatrician. Although the trip is less than ninety miles each way, it may as well be a lot further as each trip pulls me away from this place of detachment and denial back into the…

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…

To See, Or Not to See

Ten years ago, I had the opportunity to bring a group of high school students on a mission trip to Toronto. As part of our experience, we went on an evening tour called The Unseen Toronto. For two hours, we walked the heart of the city as our guide pointed out the “invisible world” within…

But for the Grace of God

Twelve years ago, I had the honor of presiding at my Great Aunt’s funeral. My aunt was a devout and faithful Episcopalian for most of her life. When she moved into assisted living at the age of 81 and realized the facility had no space set aside for prayer, she generously gave towards building a…

risk It All for Christ.

My cousin Don has often joked that I am his “direct connect with God.” That I am his avoid damnation for free card. While I assume Don is only joking, the fact is, many of us today are looking for the easy route to righteousness and salvation. Or more simply put, the benefits of faith…

All Lives Matter!

In recent months, I have seen a preponderance of memes on Facebook stating different lives matter. It began soon after the events in Ferguson, Missouri when memes began to reflect the long held feelings of the African American population of not being seen as insignificant. The memes simply stated what racism has denied them, Black…

Christ the Good Shepherd

Last Sunday, as I sat in the Fort Lauderdale airport, I overheard a father ask his teen age children how many days Moses was on Mt. Sinai receiving the Law from God.  The answer he gave was forty days.  What I became more interested in was the conversation which followed.  The younger daughter soon asked…