Monthly Archives: September 2011

Actions and words: some pre-emptive reflections

This coming Sunday’s Gospel reading (from the RCL) tells the story of two sons asked to go and work in the family vineyard. One says no, but later goes anyway. One says yes, but fails to carry through. There are … Continue reading

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Grace, mystery food (and kangaroos)

A sermon preached at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Norwalk, September 25, 2011. Year A, Proper 20. Exodus 16:2-15; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16 There is a story told – which may or may not be true – that when Captain Cook … Continue reading

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General Ordination Exams

It’s that time of year when a certain subset of Episcopalian seminarians begins to feel the first tinglings of exam nerves. I know, because I got a message last night from an online friend asking what I learned from taking the … Continue reading

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Resident Aliens

The second of an occasional series of posts on the experience of immigration and the journey toward naturalization The first time we passed through US Immigration, and we were directed into the line for Aliens, the children were all under … Continue reading

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Spiritual vs. religious?

During the past week, I have been following a back-and-forth on my facebook newsfeed and twitter timeline discussing the religious response to the “spiritual but not religious” label, and a thoughtful and thought-provoking invitation to engage with both labels and … Continue reading

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Remembering

It was something after three o’clock in the afternoon. The school bell rang and the doors disgorged a horde of children. My son’s friend’s mother wasn’t there; we waited together under the blue sky sun of early September. She arrived … Continue reading

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L’esprit d’escalier

  Despite the trials,   I should have said, “I love you;”   “Goodbye” is hopeless.

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