Christmas Message: Choose Wisely, Choose Love

Right after Thanksgiving, the Christmas music started on the radio (And of course, we’ve been hearing it in the stores and shopping malls since Halloween!). I waited and I waited, but I never heard my favorite Christmas song. The title is When Love Came Down. It was written in 1999 by a songwriter named Chris…

Giving Birth to a New World Vision

Let me share a sampling of the headlines I encountered on my preferred online news outlet yesterday. Of course, many pointed to the terrible attacks on Paris, but there were many others: Nightmare in Paris: Terrorists Kill 150 ISIS Claims Responsibility, Calling Paris Attacks ‘First of the Storm’ Tour bus crashes at S.F.’s Union Square:…

Observing the Rituals of the House of Deputies

We in the Episcopal Church love nothing better than a good liturgy. It’s no surprise then that the work of the House of Deputies is another example of great liturgy—a Greek word that original referred to public duty but is translated now as “the work of the people.” Although I have only been here for…

The Big World & Small Town of the Episcopal General Convention

The first day of my very first General Convention of the Episcopal Church felt a little bit like the first day at a new school. I worried that I wasn’t dressed right, that I would get lost,  that I wouldn’t find my meetings, that I wouldn’t have anything intelligent to add to the conversation, and,…

The Hunt for Easter

Nearly every year, I find myself standing with a bunch of other parents partaking in a familiar Easter ritual—the Easter egg hunt. We wait while the children are split into age groups and then for the organizers to give the signal that starts the search. It got me to thinking about my older daughter’s first…