Faith, Hope, and Love – in difficult times

  The backdrop After the death of Solomon, largely due to the tyranny of his reign, David’s united Kingdom of Israel split into its northern and southern constituencies. The name Israel continued to designate the northern kingdom with its capital at Samaria. The southern kingdom took the name of the predominant tribe in the south – … More Faith, Hope, and Love – in difficult times

Modelling Resistance and Reconciliation

I This Sunday, the last in the season after Pentecost is Christ the King. Christ the King is a relative newcomer in our Anglican-Episcopal calendar, having been adopted only with the Three-Year Ecumenical Lectionary. The Sunday before Advent was traditionally known to us as stir-up Sunday because of the opening words of the Collect:  STIR … More Modelling Resistance and Reconciliation

Multiple Reflections on All Saints-All Souls

I The human race has a collective unconscious principally accessed through the vehicle of culture. Through culture, we gain access to the universal (common to all humanity) and the particular (located within the particularity of a culture) repositories of the collective unconscious. The word repository is a good one here.The collective unconscious houses the violent impulses … More Multiple Reflections on All Saints-All Souls

The Liminal Millisecond of Risk: Luke 19:1-10

A sermon from The Rev. Linda Mackie Griggs Kenny Smith could have been a teacher, a preacher, or a politician when he grew up. Last week on the phone, he said, somewhat ruefully, “Wouldn’t you know I’d choose the worst of the three…” He’s a city council member in Charlotte, North Carolina; a white conservative … More The Liminal Millisecond of Risk: Luke 19:1-10