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…)
March 8, 2010
James Richardson wrote a thoughtful piece on this in his blog. You can find the article here. I think it’s worth reading.
November 21, 2009
Jim Richardson (in his blog, Fiat Lux) lists a blog by his friend, Alana DeBare, (Midlife Bat Mitzvah) as one of his favorites, and I can see why. She’s an atheist in the middle of a changing life who’s attending shul (temple) and studying to be Bat Mitzvahed. And she has good reasons. I’m quoting a bit of her third post, I think, on what she does or does not believe, to give you a flavor of her thinking.
November 19, 2009 by Ilana DeBare
My friend Melissa in Sacramento has a knack for getting to the heart of things. She wrote after one of my recent posts:
Since I don’t believe in God, I don’t go to synagogue because I am alienated by a service full of prayers to a God in whom I don’t believe. And I don’t envision a Bat Mitzvah, because it surely would involve worship of same. I wait with great anticipation to see how you reconcile these seemingly conflicting beliefs (non-beliefs?) Carry on! (more…)
October 6, 2009
Jim Richardson posted this poem by Stephen Dunn (by way of his friend Karen). We spent some time in the marsh this past summer near Brigantine, looking at the birds, and this brings back those memories for me: (more…)
August 26, 2009
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Thomas Gallaudet (1822-1902)
and Henry Winter Syle (1846-1890)
were pioneers in the education and inclusion of the deaf in the life of The Episcopal Church. Galladet, born in Connecticut, followed in his father’s footsteps as an educator of the hearing impaired.
Thomas (in the color image) was not deaf, but his wife, Elizabeth was deaf. He was ordained in The Episcopal Church, and established St. Ann’s Church in New York with worship services primarily in sign language.
One of Gallaudet’s students, Henry Winter Syle (black and white photograph) became the first deaf person ordained an Episcopal priest. Syle, born in China, educated in Gallaudet’s school, was encouraged by Gallaudet to seek ordination. Syle went on to establish his own congregation for the deaf.
The work and witness of Gallaudet and Syle are great reminders that our church has long sought to include all of God’s children at the Holy Table. We follow giant footsteps as we continue their work.
POSTED BY THE REV. JAMES RICHARDSON AT 12:01 AM
June 2, 2009
Jim Richardson talks about making a place for different kinds of people in his blog fiat lux. Among other things he says:
Both can exist together if our values include hospitality — welcoming all people. To practice hospitality, we need to find ways to live in the tension of accommodating, as best we can, the many reasons people come to church, the theological ideas they bring (or the lack thereof), and the tastes they have in worship and music. It may help to know that much of what we think of as tradition is sometimes not that old; traditions can grow up in a hurry in a church. The wording of the ”traditional” Lord’s Prayer dates from the 1880s (check out the Middle-English version sometime). Many beloved hymns began as beer hall tunes in the Reformation. Meanwhile, a number of supposedly “contemporary” church songs are now more than 30 years old.
If you are interested in more, you can read the whole article here.
March 27, 2009
Jim (in Fiat Lux) also gave a link to the blog of Bishop Dan Thomas Edwards (of Nevada). Dan asks what it means when his posting on sex generated twelve responses while his posting on salvation generated one response. You can see this here. This is where Jim found the poem on salvation quoted in my prior post.
March 27, 2009
As usual, there’s a lot going on at Fiat Lux. There is a wonderful poem on salvation by Lynn Ungar in What is salvation? Ask a poet:
By what are you saved? And how?
Saved like a bit of string,
tucked away in a drawer?
Saved like a child rushed from
a burning building, already
singed and coughing smoke?
Or are you salvaged
like a car part — the one good door
when the rest is wrecked?
Do you believe me when I say
you are neither salvaged nor saved,
but salved, anointed by gentle hands
where you are most tender?
Haven’t you seen
the way snow curls down
like a fresh sheet, how it
beautiful, without exception? (more…)
March 19, 2009
Jim Richardson has shared an essay from his friend, Holly, who is actively exploring her faith. She says:
I wonder about the term “Christian” because it seems as if it’s used a bit loosely as of late. … But what gets me thinking is this, “We all believe in the same God.” Do we really?
If you want to see the whole thing, click here.
March 1, 2009
I somehow missed this on Fiat Lux when it came out. The suggestion is that some evangelicals in the United Kingdom and the United States are changing their position on gay marriage. You can see Jim’s whole piece here. Most interesting to me are links to two op ed pieces. The first is jointly written by David Blankenhorn (a conservative) and Jonathan Rauch (a liberal) called A Reconciliation on Gay Marriage (suggesting a way to compromise). The second is by William Saletan called This is the Way the Culture Wars End. I don’t agree with either of them. But they offer a lot of food for thought. And they both try to suggest a way forward where people who disagree actually talk to each other in good faith, rather then demonize each other. I certainly like that idea.