On Remembering and Truth Telling

This past April 15, the Seminary of the Southwest community participated in a service of remembering and truth-telling. This service developed out of conversations among members of the Racial Justice and Healing Taskforce. Students, staff, and faculty all had a hand in developing it over the course of this year. The inspiration for this service … read more

The Stirrings of the Spirit

Over the past several years the Holy Spirit has been moving through the Seminary of the Southwest community. The Spirit has been drawing people together in a conspiracy of hope that the long history of racial injustice in America and the church may cease and a new time of truth-telling, justice, healing, and reconciliation may […]

Advent Meditations: Sunday, December 16

Psalm 63:1–8, 98, 103  •  Isaiah 13:6–13  •  John 3:22–30 For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. (John 3:29) This passage from the Gospel of John, concerning a conflict between the followers of Jesus and John the Baptist, captures the spirit of Advent as a season of preparation. Preparing for the coming of Jesus […]

Put Out Into the Deep Water

In chapel recently, I had the opportunity to preach on Luke 5:1-11. This is the story of Jesus commanding Peter to let down his nets after a fruitless night of fishing on the Sea of Gennesaret. After hauling in a miraculous catch of fish, Peter recognizes who Jesus truly is and leaves his boat […]

The Promise of Reconciliation

  As part of my work to the wider church, I am a representative for the Episcopal Church in its official dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. This dialogue has been ongoing since the late 1960s and was one of the earliest ecumenical dialogues taken up by the Roman Catholic Church […]

Advent Meditations- Sunday, December 24

<<Return to Advent Meditations page Psalm 89:1-29; 45, 46; Isa. 59:15b-21; Matt. 1:18-25 The end of chapter 59 of Isaiah gives us this striking message: “The Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. he saw that there was no one, and was appalled that there was no one to intervene; […]

Learning from Rashi

  As the acting dean of academic affairs for the fall semester, I was given the task of preaching at our Matriculation service. As is customary for this service, the readings were taken from the propers for education found on page 931 of the Book of Common Prayer. My attention turned to the reading from […]

Augustine For Our Times

This month the Seminary of the Southwest faculty has been reading William Cavanaugh’s excellent little book Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire. Micah Jackson had assigned this book to the Junior class for their colloquy and the faculty have been engaged in a parallel reading of it, culminating in a colloquy of our own about […]

Living Reconciliation in Rome

During the last week of January, I took nine students from Seminary of the Southwest for a study trip to Rome. Our trip came on the heels of the recent Anglican Primates’ Meeting in which the Episcopal Church was reprimanded for its actions and teachings regarding human sexuality. For the previous weeks I had been […]

Dr. Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski

Sunday, December 20 Psalms 24, 29; Genesis 3:8-15; John 3:16-21   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: Dr. Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski Advent Meditation The collect for the Fourth Sunday of Advent asks God to purify our conscience as we prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ that we might find a mansion within […]