With thanks for our Presiding Bishop

She has been a mentor — I am grateful for her wisdom and strength . Proud of my church then and today. All are welcome!!

Ye watchers and ye holy ones . . .

+Michael Curry got it right in his sermon this morning. He thanked Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori for her leadership and ministry over the last nine years. And he said, “This is a woman of God. She has led us with passion. Hers is different from mine, now. I want a little of her cool. She has been God’s gift.”

I’ve spent the last week-plus observing the House of Bishops at work. Cool is a good word for our current Presiding Bishop. As another observer commented to me after a few sessions, “No one can run a meeting like she does.” Conversation in the House of Bishops flows smoothly and cleanly. She knows the rules and communicates them clearly. She maintains order but also camaraderie. She makes sure correct procedure is followed. Since she does not have the same electronic queuing system used by the House of Deputies she has to…

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look to the sky

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there is peace in the quiet found deep into the night. may this peace weave itself throughout the turmoil of our world, tonight and always.

At the close of day…


For the quiet that surrounds me and your promise of peace deep within me, for the stillness of sleep for my body and the hope of healing for my soul, thanks be to you, O God.

(Celtic Benediction)

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Giving all


Today the Episcopal Church commemorates martyr, Jonathan Daniels. Bright with the light of faith and social conscience he joined a growing voice for civil rights in the 1960’s. After hearing Martin Luther King speak, he left seminary to share in the work of social justice in Selma, Alabama. He was arrested in Ft. Deposit, Alabama, in 1965, and was shot dead six days later in Hayneville, jumping in front of a young girl whom the deputy sheriff intended to kill.

From his writings we learn of his deep faith and commitment to equality. Listen closely – they ring true for us today.

He writes, “I began to know in my bones and sinews that I had been truly baptized into the Lord’s death and resurrection… with them, the black and white men, with all life, in him whose Name is above all the names that the races and nations. We are indelibly and unspeakably one.”

O God of justice and compassion, you put down the proud and mighty from their place, and lift up the poor and the afflicted: We give you thanks for your faithful witness Jonathan Myrick Daniels, who, in the midst of injustice and violence, risked and gave his life for another; and we pray that we, following his example, may make no peace with oppression; through Jesus Christ the just one, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen (from Lesser Feasts and Fasts)



Make us sensitive, God. Sensitive to the sound of the words which others speak, and to the silences in between.

May we find ways to experience more of the silences – where selfish anger might be turned to compassion and concern for one another.

(image and quote found at The Episcopal Church – Facebook page)