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Posts from January 2021

Posts from January 2021

A Love of Other: Common Union in Christ

Last weekend, we heard from the Gospel according to John and the call narratives for some of the disciples. In particular, we heard the story about Philip and Nathaniel as they are called into Jesus’s mission and ministry, and while Philip and Nathaniel are connected to one another (as my mother sometimes says, “They are related by blood!”), we can still sense that there is some difference between the two of them. Anyone who has a sibling or has children…

Reconciliation: A Holy Rite, A Political Practice

Over the last week or so, I have found myself pondering the nature of reconciliation and what it might have to offer to us as we continue to navigate tumultuous waters in our common life as people living in the United States of America. I say it in that way because we are in a time in which all the lives of all people living inside the borders of our country right now are being impacted. We are, in some…

The Water of Baptism

Dear Friends in Christ, I write to you today after an extraordinary 24 hours in our nation. We have witnessed outrageous behavior, and we have witnessed how a few used violence inside the halls of our government – of our nation’s capital – and have threatened the fabric of our nation as a democracy that practices the peaceful transition of power.  The images from yesterday are raw and disturbing images. They are images that I never thought I would see…