Monday, August 31, 2009

Congrats to the Rev. Dr. Katherine Sonderegger!


One of the finest teachers I have ever had is the Rev. Dr. Katherine (Kate) Sonderegger. She taught me in several courses at VTS, the most remarkable was the seminar on Barth, in which we only just began to scratch the surface of his Church Dogmatics.

Congrats to her as she was selected to be a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton Theological Seminary...

...congratulations and blessings, Kate!

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

From VTS Dean Ian Markham's Commentary:

"...we congratulate our Professor of Theology, the Rev. Dr. Katherine Sonderegger, who has been selected to be a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry for the duration of her sabbatical from Virginia Theological Seminary. She joins scholars from Switzerland, Australia, and the United Kingdom. She is part of an elite group of twelve members (including the Bishop of Durham, N. T. Wright) for time apart to write, think, and reflect on God and God's relations with the world."

Read it all HERE

Friday, August 28, 2009

Brett Favre on schism (not in the Anglican Communion) in the Vikings' Locker Room

Brett says he doesn't know what schism means...must not be reading his Anglican blogs...

lol

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

Read more HERE, from ESPN



HERE
's the Merriam Webster definition...of schism

Proper 17 - Year B - RCL - readings and image




This coming Sunday's readings from the Revised Common Lectionary:

Proper 17
Year B
RCL


Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10

James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23


Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

The Archbishop's Concern for the Environment - "the grain of creation..."

Interesting video from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams...especially interested in his use of the term "the grain of Creation" (if I heard him right). I need to do some searching around and see where he gleaned this fascinating term...

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey




The Archbishop of Canterbury shares concerns for our planet in the new Ready Steady Slow videocast - encouraging us to sign up in advance, by email, to the Church of Englands environmentally-themed online Advent calendar for 2009, containing daily green challenges and thoughts. Dr Williams encourages a "response to Gods hope for us", and teaches that "God creates us so we may be part of His creation - not something separate, not some alien power manipulating it to our own ends, but part of a creation working together harmoniously. Sign up for Ready Steady Slow at www.whywearewaiting.org.

"Every bird that cuts the airy way" by Kathy Staudt at the Daily Episcopalian


My friend and mentor Kathy Staudt has written another wonderful essay over at the Daily Episcopalian on the Episcopal Cafe. I commend it to you. TGIF!

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey


"Every bird that cuts the airy way"


In the yard of the abandoned house next door (awaiting new construction), grass and shrubs have grown up, and a family of deer has taken up residence there. There’s now so much growing next door that they don’t even come into my yard any more. The rabbits, on the other hand, have eaten down just about whatever will grow – and yet there is something lovely, peaceful about them.



Read it all HERE

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Galileo's telescope and the Indigo Girls



From the Guardian (UK)

Galileo's telescope reaches 400th anniversary

It is 400 years since Galileo Galilei demonstrated his telescope, which would lead him to make new astronomical observations



While many people have been loudly celebrating this year's double commemoration of 200 years since Charles Darwin's birth and 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species, another scientific anniversary has crept up relatively quietly, marking an event which arguably changed human thought and the way we see ourselves even more irrevocably.

Exactly 400 years ago today, on 25 August 1609, the Italian astronomer and philosopher Galilei Galileo showed Venetian merchants his new creation, a telescope – the instrument that was to bring him both scientific immortality and, more immediately, a whole lot of trouble.

Read it all HERE

And then watch this video: Indigo Girls singing "Galileo"

Monday, August 24, 2009

Butterfly at Virginia Theological Seminary

Wonderful short video of a butterfly dancing on a flower in the middle of the VTS (Virginia Theological Seminary) Grove...video shot by Dr. Stephen Cook, and posted at his wonderful blog: Biblische Ausbildung http://biblische.blogspot.com/



hat tip: Biblische Ausbildung http://biblische.blogspot.com/

Danse Macabre from Father Matthew

It must be Video Monday here at Santos Woodcarving Popsicles! Here is another wonderful video from Father Matthew Moretz, check it out....

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey


Social Media Revolution

I ran across this "must watch" video on Seven Whole Days blog...and here are Scott's comments about how this may relate to the church...

"Is your church on Facebook? If not, you’d better get there soon — and start rethinking communication. Time to rethink all that money and energy on newsletters involving dead trees. Time to rethink ideas that church meetings should always happen in person. Time to rethink the idea that having a crappy website is good enough." The Rev. Scott Gunn


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ephesians 6:10-20 ... 23Aug09 Sermon in Progress...by wordle.net

Ephesians 6:10-20

Well, after much work this week on the Gospel, I am going to preach on Ephesians 6:10-20, pulling in references to Jesus' incredible and amazing words at the conclusion to the 6th chapter of John's gospel...

Still more to do, but there is a lot of good here this week!

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey




Ephesians 6:10-20

Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

my "delicious" tags - image courtesy of wordle.net

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

O Gracious Light: a two-minute prayer from memory in the midst of a quiet moment in a busy household




O Gracious Light
Pure brightness of the Everliving Father in heaven
O Jesus Christ
Holy and Blessed
Now as we come
to the setting of the sun
And our eyes behold the vesper light
We sing your praises
O God
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
You are worthy at all times
and in all places
To be praised by faithful people
O Son of God
O Giver of Life
and to be glorified in all the worlds.

Amen

John 6:56-69 ... this week's gospel, via the help of world.net

This week has been a slow one in terms of getting ready to preach this coming Sunday. Lots going on around home and in work, I need to focus, .... so, a good time to check out the Wordle.Net version of John 6:56-69, this week's Gospel reading. [Interestingly, three verses are repeated from last week - clearly the lectionary creators agree with John about the importance of the bread!]


~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Time for a shout-out to some blogging friends ...

It is time for me to give a shout-out to some of my blogging friends. I read all their posts and think you should check them out!

It's Better Left Said
Written by one of the brightest guys from my hometown, he's bright, funny, insightful, and fun to read - whether you agree or not. Check it out HERE


yearns&groans
Will writes from the Bay Area, where he is a priest at Grace Cathedral, and has recently taken on some other roles in the dynamic diocese of California. He is courageous, joyful, and dedicated to peace with justice. Check out yearns&groans HERE.


Scribere Orare Est
Jared writes from the perspective as an Episcopal priest working at Christ Church in Alexandria, VA. He is a great writer, and has a keen theological mind. He is a great fan of Archbishop Michael Ramsey (who I also love) and he has a book upcoming about Archbishop Ramsey's Ecclesiology. Check out his posts HERE, and also consider ordering his book when it comes out.


PoetProph
Kathy writes this blog along with writing and teaching poetry as well as ascetical theology. She is a great writer and a great soul. I have learned much from her and am so glad that she blogs HERE at PoetProph, and also occasionally at the Daily Episcopalian. She also has a new book coming out which I have already pre-ordered: Waving Back: Poems of Mothering Life, is available now for pre-order at the website of Finishing Line Press.


Creedal Christian
Bryan blogs over at Creedal Christian and he has some keen reflections on the goings on of the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church. I learn much from him and appreciate his criticism of some of the "sacred cows" of our current Episcopal Church. While readers may not agree with everything he writes, they will go away knowing more than when they sat down to surf blogland. Check it out HERE.


Where the Wind
Adam is blogging at Where the Wind. He is a bright young man who is serving as an Episcopal priest in West Virginia. He's a good writer and I have appreciated his thoughts. He has recently joined the team of writers at the Episcopal Cafe. I also noticed tonight that he is making a foray into video blogging which should be good! Check out his blog HERE.

Nice noontime Sabbath at Trailside Coffee




This Sunday's lectionary readings - Proper 16 - Year B

1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Monday, August 17, 2009

from today's Morning Prayer: Canticle 9: The First Song of Isaiah 12:2-6 "surely it is God who saves me"










Canticle 9
The First Song of Isaiah
Ecce, Deus Isaiah 12:2-6

Surely, it is God who saves me; *
I will trust in him and not be afraid.

For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, *
and he will be my Savior.

Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing *
from the springs of salvation.

And on that day you shall say, *
Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;

Make his deeds known among the peoples; *
see that they remember that his Name is exalted.

Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, *
and this is known in all the world.

Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, *
for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.




(photo of baptismal font at St. Paul's Cathedral, Burlington, VT taken by Peter M. Carey)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

Super Domestique George Hincapie will ride again with Lance Armstrong


Can't help but look forward to "big" George Hincapie and Lance Armstrong riding together again...I know that Lance's time may have passed in terms of being the very top of the sport, but it is fun to watch anyway! And, George Hincapie is one of my favorite riders...he's a great teammate, a "Grand Domestique!"

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

Lance Armstrong intends to build Team RadioShack around an experienced base of riders.

from The Guardian, read it all HERE


Lance Armstrong has confirmed that he is to reunite with his friend and former team-mate George Hincapie in Team RadioShack in 2010.


Hincapie is currently riding for Team Columbia-HTC and was a strong influence when he helped Armstrong secure his seven Tour de France victories while riding for Team US Postal Service and Team Discovery Channel. "He's already committed. Has been since before we got our funding," Armstrong told Outside Magazine.


Armstrong intends to build his new Team RadioShack – or The Shack as it will be known – around a solid base of riders well-known to him, such as his friend Levi Leipheimer, Hincapie, Chris Horner and Andreas Klöden. Armstrong's impressive network is sure to open doors to additional powerful riders.


read it all HERE

Remembering Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Seminarian and Martyr, 1965




found on the Episcopal Cafe today:

Daily Reading for August 14 • Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Seminarian and Martyr, 1965

The disappointments of Holy Week and the bitterness of [the segregated seating in the left rear pew for] Easter Communion at St. Paul's forced our eyes back to the inscription over the altar. "He is not here. For he is risen." In a dreadful parody of their meaning, the words seem to tell a grim truth that was not exhausted by their liturgical import.

This is the stuff of which our life is made. There are moments of joy and moments of sorrow. Almost imperceptibly, some men grow in grace. Some men don't. Christian hope, grounded in the reality of Easter, must never degenerate into optimism. For that is the road of despair. Yet it ought never to conclude that because its proper end is heaven, the church may dally at its work until the End is in sight. The thought of the church is fraught with tensions because the life of the church is caught in tension. For the individual Christian and the far-flung congregation alike, that is part of the reality of the Cross. There are good men here, just as there are bad men. There are competent leaders and a bungler here and there. We have activists who risk their lives to confront a people with the challenge of freedom and a nation with its conscience. We have neutralists who cautiously seek to calm troubled waters. We have men about the work of reconciliation who are willing to reflect upon the cost and pay it. Perhaps at one time or another, the two of us are all of these. Sometimes we take to the streets, sometimes we yawn through interminable meetings, sometimes we talk with white men in their homes and offices, sometimes we sit out a murderous night with an alcoholic and his family because we love him and cannot stand apart. Sometimes we confront the posse, and sometimes we hold a child. Sometimes we stand with men who have learned to hate, and sometimes we must stand a little apart from them.

Our lives in Selma are filled with ambiguity, and in that we share with men everywhere. We are beginning to see the world as we never saw it before. We are truly in the world, and yet ultimately not of it. For through the bramble bush of doubt and fear and supposed success we are groping our way to the realization that above all else, we are called to be saints. That is the mission of the Church everywhere. And in this Selma, Alabama, is like all the world: it needs the life and witness of militant Saints.

From the sermon "But My Heart is Black," by Jonathan Myrick Daniels; found at http://www.episcopalarchives.org/Afro-Anglican_history/exhibit/pdf/escru_jd_myheartisblack.pdf

Thursday, August 13, 2009

John 6:51-59 Getting Fed - St. James Episcopal Church, Florence, Italy

With another week in the lectionary of John's discussion of Jesus as the Bread of Life in John 6:51-58 I got to thinking about the ways we are fed in our Faith by God through Christ, and within Christian Community. So, a few pics from some wonderful churches which have fed me (and many others) over the years.

Getting Fed - St. James Episcopal Church, Florence, Italy

I spent some important times worshiping at St. James' while abroad in Florence during college. Being away from home, from friends, from the familiar left me yearning for a church home, which St. James provided. I enjoyed St. James (along with MANY other churches) in Italy during that Junior semester abroad.

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

John 6:51-59 Getting Fed - St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Middlebury, Vermont

With another week of John's discussion of Jesus as the Bread of Life in John 6:51-58 I got to thinking about the ways we are fed in our Faith by God through Christ, and within Christian Community. So, a few pics from some wonderful churches which have fed me (and many others) over the years.

Getting Fed - St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Middlebury, Vermont

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey
a few more photos HERE on my flickr page






Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bread

Meskerem - Ethiopian Bread
Various leavened breads

John 6:51-58

Jesus said, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" So Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever."


My sermon prep so far.....Wednesday afternoon....

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sermon prep - John 6:51-58 on wordle.net

For four weeks, in the Revised Common Lectionary, we are reading from John 6 about Jesus as the Bread of Life. So it is the month (or so) of bread as a metaphor, and bread as a reality of God's presence in our lives...while trying to come up with a way to connect this Joannine bread language to our everyday world, I turned (again) to "wordle" to see what words pop up from this week's lectionary....

Readings this coming Sunday - 11 Pentecost - Proper 15, Year B

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life; Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

The heavens declare the glory of God





Psalm 19 Caeli enarrant
1 The heavens declare the glory of God, *
and the firmament shows his handiwork.
2 One day tells its tale to another, *
and one night imparts knowledge to another.
3 Although they have no words or language, *
and their voices are not heard,
4 Their sound has gone out into all lands, *
and their message to the ends of the world.
5 In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; *
it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
it rejoices like a champion to run its course.
6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
and runs about to the end of it again; *
nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect and revives the soul; *
the testimony of the LORD is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.
8 The statutes of the LORD are just and rejoice the heart; *
the commandment of the LORD is clear and gives light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is clean and endures for ever; *
the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold, *
sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb.
11 By them also is your servant enlightened, *
and in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can tell how often he offends? *
cleanse me from my secret faults.
13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;
let them not get dominion over me; *
then shall I be whole and sound,
and innocent of a great offense.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, *
O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

RIP Lacrosse Legend Peter Kohn - Human Being Extraordinaire!

RIP Lacrosse Legend Peter Kohn - Human Being Extraordinaire!






I learned today from the Middlebury College twitterer that Lacrosse Legend Peter Kohn died. I am posting links to several articles about this wonderful person, and my heart is heavy thinking about him. I agree wholeheartedly with Middlebury College Director of Athletics Erin Quinn who said, “Our world just lost one of its kindest souls, leaving us with the responsibility of carrying on his legacy of kindness and humility.”

The above picture shows Peter sprinting in 1991 against Jim Grube, who was the head coach at the time (found on Peter Kohn's flickr account)

I grew up in Middlebury, Vermont, where Peter Kohn spent a good deal of his life working at Middlebury College and I was a total lacrosse junky. I watched my first lacrosse game at the college field and I was lucky to be on the Middlebury Union High School's first team when I was a freshman in High School. I was an avid fan of the game as well, and got to know something of Peter's work as a manager, as a morale-booster, and as a wise guide of the members of Middlebury's lacrosse teams. He also had a role in many other lacrosse teams, All Star Games, World Championships, and summer league teams. Later, he served other teams at Middlebury College as well.



During my senior year at Bates College, we played Middlebury in a lopsided affair, coming up short against the juggernaut that was (and is) Middlebury College Lacrosse. I remember Peter Kohn well, as he cared for his team, and was also gracious, helpful and kind to those of us on the opposing side. Later that spring, I played in a New England All-Star game at MIT and I was pleased to see that Peter Kohn was serving as manager of my team. His wonderful humanity and kindness shined through back in 1991 and hopefully will continue to shine amidst all those who he was able to touch in his rich life. Tonight, while Googling Peter, I found the picture below in which you can see Peter on the left, and also me on the right. I didn't know the picture existed, but was blessed to find it on PETER's (!) flickr page. I was blessed to be able to know him just a bit, and I pray that he rest in peace and rise in glory and may all those who remember him in these days feel blessed to have known him.

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey
Middlebury Union High school "Tiger" Lacrosse, 1987
Bates College "Bobcat" Lacrosse, 1991



Keeper of the Kohn movie website


Keeper of the Kohn, an intimate look at an icon in the lacrosse world: Peter Kohn, the longtime field manager of the Middlebury College lacrosse team. But this isn’t a story about collegiate lacrosse — though Middlebury does go to the national championships in the course of the film. Instead, it’s the story of a simple man whose loyal friendship and love for the sport provided him with a family, a home and a sense of purpose. Along the way, Kohn made an impression on dozens of athletes, to whom he passed along important lessons about humility, patience and kindness.

Watch it HERE on Hulu


Peter Kohn's photos on flickr, click HERE or http://www.flickr.com/photos/kohn_archive/



Excerpt from the Middlebury College Athletics Website:
August 05, 2009

Beloved lacrosse manager and longtime Middlebury College friend, Myron G. “Peter” Kohn passed away on Aug. 5 at University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. The lacrosse legend was unable to recover from a heart attack he suffered on a fishing trip near his home in Cape May, N.J., on Aug. 1.

“Our world just lost one of its kindest souls, leaving us with the responsibility of carrying on his legacy of kindness and humility,” said Middlebury College Director of Athletics Erin Quinn.

Peter Kohn was one of the most beloved and unique figures in the lacrosse world. For more than 50 years he was connected to the sport. The subject of a much-publicized documentary, “Keeper Of The Kohn,” he started as a field manager for the Park School in Baltimore in 1954. He was manager of the U.S. teams from 1978 to 1998, for the North-South All-Star game for over 25 years and for club teams in the United States Club Lacrosse Association for over 20 years. Kohn worked in the equipment room at Middlebury from 1981-1988, while serving as a manager of the men’s lacrosse team. He later began to spend his winters in Florida and returned to campus each spring to work with the team. When time permitted, Kohn also enjoyed helping out with other spring teams at Middlebury as well as teams during his brief visits in the fall and winter. Kohn is well-known throughout the lacrosse world, having served as manager of the U.S. National Team several times at the World Games.


Excerpt from the Middlebury Campus student newspaper article today by Emma Gardner:

Middlebury lacrosse legend Peter Kohn passes away

Lacrosse legend Peter Kohn has passed away.

The Middlebury lacrosse field manager failed to recover after a heart attack on Aug. 1 that hospitalized him.

Kohn - part of the Middlebury family for over two decades - left an indelible impression upon those he met and inspired. Before arriving at the College in 1981, Kohn spent years mentoring teams and players at every level of the game. He managed six world teams and 32 all-star games, became known for his generous spirit and tireless loyalty and demonstrated a passion for lacrosse that touched generations of players. Today, the women's field-hockey and lacrosse field bears his name.

"He was the heart and soul of the lacrosse program," said women's lacrosse tri-captain Blair Bowie '09. "You could meet any alumnus from the past 40 years of Middlebury lacrosse and talk to her for hours and hours about Peter; he brought people together like that. Essentially, he represented the epitome of pure love of sport for no other reason than the joy of playing."

Kohn maintained a subtle but powerful presence throughout the lacrosse world. His far-reaching contributions to the sport were formally commended in 2004 when he was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Despite receiving numerous accolades and widespread recognition for his outstanding role in the lacrosse community, Kohn remained humble, genuine and focused on his players.

Read it all HERE

Monday, August 03, 2009

Reviving the art of preaching, essay at Episcopal Cafe




my most recent Daily Episcopalian essay also posted at Episcopal Cafe over the weekend

Reviving the art of preaching

by Peter M. Carey

“Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary, use words.”
~attributed to St. Francis

“A preacher should preach holding the Holy Scriptures in one hand and the newspaper in the other.”
~attributed to Karl Barth

As a kid, there were two things that most intimidated me about what priests did, what they did at the altar, and what they did in the pulpit. Growing up before the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, I remember well the “high church leaning” congregations of my youth and the reverence, mystery, hand motions way up there at the altar – often with the priest facing away from the congregation. As I grew older, I served as an acolyte, so I saw some of this up close, but the sacredness of it remained for me (and still remains today, thankfully!)

The preaching task seemed nearly as mysterious and puzzling. I wondered how the priests would be able to come up with something to say each week, some anecdote to connect the readings with the life of the people in the pews, some example or metaphor to connect the Holy Scriptures with the pastoral needs of the congregation. How did they do it every week?

In seminary, and before seminary, I heard the two quotes listed above quite often. I doubt whether St. Francis or Karl Barth actually said them. We have no way to know about the St. Francis quote, and at least two Barth scholars assure me that even if Barth said that second quote, it doesn’t seem to be consistent with his theology and practice of preaching. In any event, it seems that these two quotes are quite helpful for the practicing Christian.

The first quote, of course, points out that the Christian Life is more than just words; that we need to live out our faith, to “walk the talk” so to speak. However, there are times, of course, to use words. It is NOT merely ok to live well; it IS our calling to share the hope and Faith that we have in Christ Jesus. The fact is that people will see what we do, but they will also hear what we say. I read today that the Episcopal Church has cut its entire Evangelism budget, and without getting into a debate about why this line item was vetoed, I began to think about the need for grass roots Evangelism. To share our Faith with others, we need to live ethically, and we also need to speak with passion about the tenets of our Faith, to speak about God’s work in our lives. In essence, I believe, we need to recapture the ministry of preaching, and not solely for the seminary-trained clergy among us.

As our beloved Episcopal Church declines nationally in numbers, it will be essential for those of us who even have a bit of a spark of interest in preaching to PREACH IT! This means we need to “preach the Gospel at all times,” and it means we need to “use words.” It also means we need to hold our iPhone iBible application in one hand and our Kindle New York Times in the other hand as we connect our Faith with the life of the world and the lives of everyday folks.

Now that the focus of the Episcopal Church (and the Café) can turn away from General Convention, perhaps we can take on the challenge of preaching, teaching, practicing, and living our Faith, and having the courage to share it with a world in need. PREACH IT!

Read it HERE at The Episcopal Cafe

Daily Episcopalian essay also posted at Episcopal Cafe over the weekend

Views from a wonderful vacation






Saturday, August 01, 2009

God provides




Mark 8:1-10 (NRSV)

In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, 2'I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. 3If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way-and some of them have come from a great distance.' 4His disciples replied, 'How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?' 5He asked them, 'How many loaves do you have?' They said, 'Seven.' 6Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd. 7They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. 8They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9Now there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.


In Exodus, God provides for the Hebrews, they who had been set free from bondage in Egypt. In the Gospels, God provides for the people - Jesus gives thanks, broke the bread and gave the bread to the people. "They ate and were filled." God provides for us as well, every day and in every way, God provides for us, and we are also called to be Godlike and Christlike by working to provide for those in need. God provides for us, and we are inspired by God to provide for others. Enjoy the beautiful day, and all that God provides for us.

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey