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 … read more

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 […]

Correction: Soul in the City on Nov. 13 is cancelled

We regret to announce that this event is cancelled, and we apologize for any inconvenience to you. Our literary journal, Soul by Southwest, comes to life happy-hour style on the second Friday of each month. Friday, November 13,  Eileen Flynn DeLao, Austin American-Statesman religion writer and blogger, chats with Church History Professor Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski. 4:00–5:30 p.m., Rather House back […]

Jerusalem From the Outside

This summer I concluded a year of studying about Judaism as lived in contemporary Israel. I was privileged to be part of a program, the Christian Leadership Initiative, sponsored by the American Jewish Committee and the Shalom Hartman Institute. I was among fifteen other seminary professors and denominational leaders who learned and lived together in […]

Deep Roots for a Changing Church

At Seminary of the Southwest one of our core values is rootedness. For me as a professor of church history, this means ensuring that my students have a firm grounding in the Christian tradition. I often say that I do not want to make my students into historians like me. (There are already enough of […]