September 13, 2011
So, a few nods to 9/11:
First, a sermon (video) by Dean Brian Baker of Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento that you can access here.
Next, a poem/prayer by Maya Angelou on Jim Richardson’s Fiat Lux which you can find here (as well as an earlier sermon, if you are interested, further down in the blog, by the Rev. Dr. Michael Suarez).
There is a sermon on the Sarcastic Lutheran site you can find here.
Finally, a prayer I wrote (but did not use) for the day:
A Prayer on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 (more…)
May 22, 2010
Found this on Brian Baker’s blog (he found it on You Tube). It will NOT be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a powerful rant. Click here to see it. (I note that there is definite language in this video.)
April 8, 2010
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One of the things I love about being a Christian is I can go deeper down the rabbit hole. I keep having new aha’s, often fueled by the fact that I have to do lots of reading and thinking to prepare for the next sermon. I had a new insight into the resurrection when I was preparing for my Easter sermon.
Here’s an overview of my evolving understanding of the meaning of the Resurrection. (more…)
December 23, 2009
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From Dean Baker’s blog:
Here’s what I wrote for this week’s enewsletter:
On Tuesday night the vestry concluded its discussion of Stephanie Speller’s Radical Welcome. I chose this book because it focused on a core value of Trinity Cathedral – openness. (more…)
November 7, 2009
Well, I’ve been down this week with a mild flu. And I’ve done what I’m supposed to do — which is stay home and not expose others. One of the prices is that I missed Diana Butler Bass coming to Trinity Cathedral (which was very big on my agenda). About all I can do is read about it. And share. The following is Dean Baker’s blog account of being there: (more…)
October 10, 2009
Dean Baker says
You know that society is moving toward the acceptance of gay relationships when Joint Force Quarterly , a prestigious journal published by the National Defense University Press for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff gives the top prize in its 2009 essay contest to a systematic dissection of the U. S. Military’s policy of Don’t Ask. Don’t tell.
Col. Om Prakash of the U. S. Air Force wrote “The Efficacy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” while a student at the National War College.
You can find the final paragraph of the essay in his piece here.
October 6, 2009
I found this (so did Dean Baker) at the Daily Episcopalian on Episcopal Cafe:
By George Clifford
In downtown San Francisco, an abandoned building has furniture, including a refrigerator, sofa, chair, and lamp, hanging out of windows and otherwise attached to the exterior. The building has stood that way for years, with colorful murals decorating the sheets of plywood placed around the ground level to keep people out. I do not know the building’s story, whether the perpetrator(s) intended it as an artistic statement or something else. (more…)
August 18, 2009
Ok. Here’s an excerpt from Fr. Farrow’s blog as I found it at Brian’s site”
Yesterday I was listening to National Public Radio; the journalist was reporting that Episcopal USA had approved the advancement of lesbian and gays to the episcopacy. The journalist went on to mention that there are two such candidates to become bishops in California. NPR further reported that this decision had placed Episcopal USA on a collision course with more conservative members of the International Anglican Community and this at a time when tensions are already high over the consecration of Gene Robinson as a bishop.I sat there in my car after the news program ended and thought how amazing it is that these people prefer justice to security…. When I said my first Mass at my last parish, the choir sang, “All are welcomed here.” I winced when I heard them sing that song, because my predecessor had informed me that they would send LGBT parishioners across the street to the Methodist Church, since they could not offer them services at St. Paul’s.
The choir did not sing, “All are welcomed here” at All Saints Episcopal, but the community silently proclaimed that invitation by their actions.
You can see the original here.
July 21, 2009
Dean Baker had a somewhat different take on convention. In his blog, he said:
I just arrived home. General Convention was absolutely exhausting, and exhilarating. If you haven’t heard, this morning we passed the resolution that will open the door for same-sex blessings/marriages. A few days ago we passed the resolution that will allow us to ordain gay or lesbian bishops. Both of these resolutions passed by huge majorities. (more…)
May 17, 2009
Dean Baker has been highlighting how states and the District of Columbia have been moving to accept gay marriage. One article I found particularly interesting is about New York, and how some Republicans have been moved to support gay marriage. If you want to see this, you can go here. I heard second hand, yesterday, about how Sara Palin greeted a friend she grew up with in her home town. She was introduced to his partner. And she said something to the effect of “you seem to make him happy — congratulations.” No, I don’t think she’s likely to support gay marriage. But more and more people have a face for gay marriage. And people tend to be supportive of those they care for, at least on a personal level. I know. Not always. And it sure takes a long time sometimes. But I continue to see movement towards justice and inclusion and love. It gives me real hope.