We had a birthday party at our house yesterday for our 3 year-old granddaughter, Annie. It was a Paw Patrol party—which means it was about a pack of dogs. At 10am, when the guests were arriving, it was total bedlam. The ‘some assembly required’ doghouse had no directions, the hotdogs were gone, our two real […]
Have you ever been present to hear someone’s last words? Or have you ever wondered what your last words might be? We fixate on these last words hoping that they will be something soft and gentle and loving. Or perhaps something funny or clever—something that will sum up our life and personality, something memorable and […]
Christie and I recently had dinner with dear friends from England who were visiting the States. We’ve known them for 30 year and shared much of our lives together. Yet, during a discussion at dinner I found myself defending my point of view about a certain subject, with a mixture of anger, arrogance and downright […]
The month of May is the month of commencement speeches. Over the next few weeks, thousands of commencement addresses will be spoken at college and high school graduations all over the country. To most people, commencement just means, “boring,” but these speeches try to mark the “beginning” of life after school. People call this, “life […]
Here’s the Andre Dubus quote referenced. Here’s the Mischa Willett poem. Here’s the George Saunders piece from the New Yorker. Here’s the Anne Lamott quote.
This was preached by the Bishop Susan Goff in Christ Church Charlottesville, on Confirmation Sunday 2017.
How many of you remember the movie Toy Story from 1995- with Slinky Dog, Mr. Potato Head, Rex, and Woody? You remember the story– “Led by Sheriff Woody, Andy’s toys live happily in his room until Andy’s birthday brings Buzz Lightyear onto the scene.” Buzz Lightyear was brave, courageous, always followed the rules, and went […]
In this morning’s Gospel reading we get introduced to Thomas, who becomes doubting Thomas after missing out on Jesus’ coming back from the dead party with the other disciples. For some reason Thomas was absent from their Sunday meeting where the Risen Jesus visited them, perhaps he was justifiably already beginning to lose faith in […]
Welcome to Easter Day! No matter who you are or where you’ve come from, we are so glad you’re here. 10 or so years ago, just after we returned to Christ Church from being away in Birmingham, I greeted a young couple at the back of the church one Easter Sunday morning. They had moved […]
A few years before I went to seminary, I went to a course that promised to answer all questions about Christianity. They said there was nothing that would go unanswered. My question was, “Why did God need to kill Christ to satisfy some sort of debt?” Well, the course that promised answers gave me what […]
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