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My Episcopal Identity

The Episcopal Café asked folks recently to answer the question—how do Episcopalians understand their Identity as Episcopalians?

So here’s my response: #MyEpiscopalIdentity

First and foremost, to be an Episcopalian is to be a Christian, and so my Episcopal Identity is about believing in Jesus the Christ:

that God decided to become human to live through the struggle and mess of this life, and ultimately redeem it. I believe that God loved us so much, with such a ridiculous and catastrophic love, that God actually became one of us in order to live, die, and then conquer death itself–just to love us better. I believe that God chooses to take what’s dead and make it new again, and that we have the beautiful opportunity to work alongside God in this.

My faith as an Episcopalian is how I choose to respond to that love. Why have I chosen to live out this belief in this way, rather than any other church?

Well… Continue reading My Episcopal Identity

Talk to your youth groups about Islam. Do it now.

I asked my confirmation class yesterday what they knew about Islam. They drew a blank. They knew nothing. So–the Islamic Studies nerd in me started babbling–same God, Abraham, Five Pillars… They sort of rolled their eyes.

It occurred to me that many of my students receive their only education about religion from me–their youth director–and I’m so busy trying to give them a taste of Christianity, that I never thought that their only education about other religions comes from hearsay and the news media. Continue reading Talk to your youth groups about Islam. Do it now.

Sermon from 8/17: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, The Canaanite Woman

Here is the sermon I preached at The Clare on 8/17. The lectionary texts are pretty difficult this week. The news was pretty difficult this week. I didn’t exactly know how to bring the news to a community of retirees. Hopefully, this helps just a little bit.

Here are the lectionary texts.

This story in our gospel lesson has always bothered me.

Jesus really isn’t the nice guy in this story. In fact, he’s kind of a jerk in his story. It’s really out of character and confusing. Continue reading Sermon from 8/17: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, The Canaanite Woman