Three years later Haitians are eager to move beyond the tent cities

[Episcopal News Service] In minutes, Haiti was forever changed when the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck on January 12, 2010. Three years later, the devastation is often more visible than the progress that has been made. Nearly 300,000 people lost their lives, hundreds of thousands were injured and the property loss is inconceivable. All of the […]

Evangelism: Following Jesus

[Episcopal Diocese of Washington] If you’ve followed this series of posts on evangelism you may have noticed that what I’m proposing is basic communication skills. It’s not all that radical. Our unease with the subject of evangelism simply skews what most of us can do quite well in other conversations. Listening well to others, attempting […]

Christmas magic?

[Episcopal News Service] Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post’s religion section. We like to think of Christmas as a magical time of the year. That is particularly true for those of us in New York, where the season leading up to Christmas takes on a seemingly magical atmosphere. It feels like winter. There are ice […]

Justifying the call

[Episcopal News Service] A number of years ago I helped plan a church event that despite our best efforts attracted only a handful of people. Afterwards one of the other organizers consoled me by saying: “Remember, Jesus said feed my sheep, not count my sheep.” That’s surely a wise statement, for we should focus on […]

Religious questions from Sandy Hook: How do we make sense of this?

[Episcopal News Service] Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post’s religion section. Pulling into the filling station on my way to Newtown in the early afternoon last Friday, the woman at the gas pump next to me asked: “How do we make sense of all of this?” She was a young mother, with tears in her […]

How to rejoice after Newtown shootings?

[Episcopal News Service] Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post’s religion section. I want to challenge you to find something to rejoice about today. Even in the face of the pain around us, we are here to discover joy — today and every day. What can you find to rejoice over? Your […]

Evangelism: Becoming community

[Episcopal Diocese of Washington] The gospel is not “come to church.” And the gospel is “come to church.” When I talk about evangelism with folks it frequently is implied that evangelism is equal to inviting someone to church. Inviting someone to church does not equal evangelism as I’ve talked about so far. But at the same time, it is […]

Formless void and re-creation

[Episcopal News Service] Schools are places of order.  Like courthouses and churches, we consider them to be oases of order in a disordered world.  In our schools our sense of how the world should be is set up and put in place for the benefit of each generation, and in them for the benefit of […]

Faiths find hope, from Newark to the Mideast

[Episcopal News Service] This piece was published as an op-ed in the Star-Ledger on December 12, 2012. The world’s attention recently has been drawn to violence in Syria, Gaza, Iraq — and supportive, and increasingly threatening, language from Iran and Israel. In October, an interfaith group of 35 Christians, Muslims and Jews from Newark and surrounding communities […]

On maturing Christmas faith

[Episcopal News Service] I heard Santa on the roof when I was five years old. Or, to be more accurate, I heard his reindeers on the roof, and I remember this as clearly as I remember my wedding day: There were jingling bells and clicker clacker sounds and a scraping that could only have been […]