Sermon: Allhallowtide

The feast of All Saints holds pride of place as a major feast in the Christian calendar and rightly so as we celebrate the great heroes of the Christian church, the doctors, the shepherdesses and soldiers who stand larger than life as exemplary characters and defenders of the church. Read more
Lynne Lewis

Sermon: Faith

When Father Poppe contacted me and asked me to do this I didn’t have to think about it. My answer was an immediate YES! My questions to him were, “Do I have to use the readings and can I add some music?” His advice was to try to incorporate the readings if possible and check with John on music. Well, this might be a stretch for the readings but John was very accommodating in helping with a song we will do later. I feel so blessed to be able to come and share some of my thoughts on a topic that has shaped me as a Christian. Read more
A Meditation on Prayer and Gardening

How Can There Be Weeds?

“How can there be weeds? … An enemy has done this!” (Mt 13:27-28) I am not a great gardener. There are great gardeners in my family, but I am not one of them. I appreciate beautiful gardens and I've had moments of inspiration, but it's safe to say that gardening is not my gift. Read more
Ulysses Grant Dietz

Sermon: The bread and wine - the promise of communion with God

“Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.” – Proverbs 9:1-6 This simple verse should resonate with everyone here, because it touches on the basic elements of the Judeo-Christian meal, both sacred and secular. With a Jewish husband, and decades of Jewish holidays under my belt, this verse makes me immediately think of two of the essential Shabbat prayers: Read more

Sermon: How can I...?

There is an unmistakable tendency in our everyday life in the world that, when we are confronted with a problem or an issue, we immediately turn to the resources available to us at the time. When catastrophe strikes or when you find yourself in uncertain terrain, you look to what is readily available to you as you try to solve the problem. Read more
"Please keep to the path"

Rules: Made to be broken or made for the broken?

Rules: Made to be broken or made for the broken? A meditation on Ps. 119:164. Read more
Labyrinth echos

Of Labyrinths and Lawns

I feel like my sabbatical has begun in earnest now. The first few weeks were dedicated to a series of errands and tasks around the Rectory. Then there was a conference in Atlanta and a family wedding in Rhode Island I had the privilege to officiate. A short time ago, I arrived in Cochecton, NY where the remainder of my sabbatical will take place. Read more

Getting ready for my second Sabbatical

Six years ago I went on my first Sabbatical. I traveled from South Africa to England to different parts of Europe visiting sacred sites, Cathedrals, Monasteries, the Taizé Community and many other places. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip and chronicled in my previous blog, Aelred’s Garden. Read more
Diane Sammons in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, February 2012.

Sermon: Reflections on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Good Morning. It is a privilege and an honor to be invited by the Absalom Jones Committee for Black History and Culture to speak to you today and offer some thoughts about the Voting Rights Act. Read more