At what price?

One question of the ages has always been, “why is suffering part of this life?” I am sorry to report, I do not have the answer to this question, even though I have been asked it many times in the midst of pastoral care.  What I do know, are the wrong reasons for why there…

Apostle Means to be Sent

Six years ago I began my search for a new call. Over the four years of searching, I read countless parish websites and profiles. By the time I discovered St. Peter’s, I could almost predict what I would find in each parish’s profile from some flowery language about their mission and vision to their heart…

Don’t Look Up. . .Look Out

I once heard the difference between a historian and a Christian is that the historian looks for Jesus of Nazareth the man who lived and died nearly two millennia ago, and Christian looks for the Christ who continues to live among us. This is why the resurrection accounts of the Gospels and the account of…

De we Believe or Not Believe 

 The theme of our Easter journey together has been about challenge. On Palm Sunday we were challenged to acknowledge the darkness within as we became the crowd and shouted to crucify Jesus. On Maundy Thursday, we were challenged, along with Peter, to allow Christ to wash our feet in order to allow Christ to love…

Do not be Afraid

“Do not be afraid,” the angel proclaims to the two Mary’s as they approach the tomb. I am not sure the angel’s words were all that comforting. After all, the two Mary’s had a lot to be afraid of. First and fore most they had experienced an earthquake as they walked from the village to…

Stand Up For Jesus

In the second act of the musical Chicago, Amos Hart sings “Mr. Cellophane Man.” as he laments his being invisible to the world. According to his song, being the poor, undereducated, and the neglected husband of Roxie Hart made him a nonperson in the eyes of the Chicago Tribune and Billy Flynn his wife’s lawyer….

From Mountain Top to The Valley Below.

As most of you are aware, Maureen, the girls and I spent last weekend in Jamaica to attend our nephew Sam’s wedding. Now I know many of you are thinking, “what a rough life, a destination wedding in the middle of February.” To some degree, you have a right to think that. But before you…

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…

The State of the Saints Report

On the morning of December 16th, the church doors were opened at nine a.m. to welcome the parents and other family members of our thirty plus pre-school students. For just over an hour, all were regaled with the songs and poems of our three and four year olds as the Christmas story was brought to…

With God There Is No Partiality

How many of us romanticize the early years of the church? Somehow believing that everyone who belonged was of one mind and the only conflict the church had to endure was from without and not from within. I know the way the lectionary works, it can certainly seems that way. But truth be told, as…

Mary the Revolutionary?

So often we are called to serve justice. At Baptism, we vow to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect dignity of every human being. In the Bible, justice is mentioned 194 times. In Psalm 72, the writer asks ‘Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.”…

A Time to Transcend

For the past decade there has been an interest in what comes after death. On television, several shows have focused on this issue. The CW has carried the Vampire Diaries as part of its evening lineup. NBC ran the series Dracula. Dracula followed NBC’s long standing Friday evening drama Grimm, which included a myriad of…