The Spiritual Practice of Being an Episcopal Pilgrim

You are invited to try the practice of being an “Episcopal Pilgrim.” “What’s an Episcopal Pilgrim?” Here’s some background and context. At the end of June, 2016, I retired from the practice of congregational ministry. Paula (my wife) and I have been and are discerning where to relocate, and we don’t want to commit to … read more

On Hospitality: A Place at the Table

One of the Seminary’s Core Values: “Hospitality: creating a common life that welcomes difference and ensures that all voices are heard”   I am writing this on the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday 2017, so I suppose that it is not surprising that I am already meditating on the Three Days to come. On […]

Spiritual Formation in the Cemetery

Sometimes clergy and seminarians will have a slip of the tongue by referring to the seminary as a “cemetery.” This is usually followed by an ironic chuckle, as if to say, “Yes, sometimes seminary is a place of death.” Antony the Great, 4th century Egyptian Christian, had a similar experience during his early spiritual formation. […]

Out of the Waters of Baptism

We had just arrived back at my son and daughter-in-law’s house after the baptism of their first child at five months of age. On my mobile, I noticed messages from two of my cousins. Their mother, my mother’s only sister, my last surviving aunt of her generation, had died unexpectedly and peacefully the day before at the age of 97 years.