Tag Archives: reconciliation

A homily for Michael Collins

A homily delivered on 19 January 2019 at the memorial service for Michael Wesley Collins at Central Park United Methodist Church, Buffalo, New York. “O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, / our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home!” Today, especially today, we seek shelter from […]

A guide from beyond

By some mysterious grace, Rumi and Parker Palmer join the conversation I opened up yesterday when I quoted Maria Popova, “To reclaim the beauty of the multitudes we each contain, we must break free of the prison of our fragments and meet one another as whole persons full of wonder unblunted by identity-template and expectation.” […]

Finding wholeness in contradictions

In the rending of our society and politics into ever more deeply opposing camps, “… we have somehow found ourselves in an era where even the brightest, kindest, most idealistic people spring to judgment … in a heart-flinch. Questions invite instant opinions more often than they invite conversation and contemplation ….” That’s how Maria Popova […]

Dinner is served

Life happens. Random, unpredictable events, especially unfortunate events, happen every day, and we say, “life happens.” Dorothy was talking the other day about how the wrong hymn numbers got into the worship bulletin two weeks ago. “I don’t know what happened,” she said. “Life happened,” I said. It’s an experience common to all of God’s […]

Human family

Can we all get along?” That was Rodney King’s question during the 1991 riots in Los Angeles, and it’s a good one today. The acquittal of four L.A. police officers of charges related to their beating of King as he lay helpless on the ground – a beating captured on video and widely broadcast – […]

This broken wholeness

Everything depends on how we build our life together. Everything. When St. Paul wrote “that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you” (1 Cor. 3:16), he wasn’t writing about you or me. The “you” he uses is plural: You all together are God’s temple, and God’s Spirit dwells in the community […]

The reason for the season

There’s talk these days about a war on Christmas, and some of the most notable combatants include Pope Francis and president-elect Donald Trump. The pope deserves our serious attention; he’s earned it by lucidly restating the essence of the life and teachings of Jesus in today’s idiom. Trump, on the other hand, judging from everything […]

Always we begin again

In the most unlikely of times, the most unlikely invitation came. Although it was the invitation Israel desperately wanted to hear, it contained a promise that many must have thought naïve and unbelievable, or nearly so – a vision for the distant future, for another lifetime. But biblical visions have a way of falling out […]

The missing piece

Minutes after terrorists slammed two airliners into the World Trade Center, streams of people crowded the emergency stairwells, heading in opposite directions. Thousands of terrified employees scrambled downward, toward exit doors and survival, while hundreds of New York City firefighters, laden with lifesaving gear, struggled upward, in a choice that would forever define their lives. […]

Faith unbound

No one taught me the gospel I proclaimed. I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11-12 paraphrased). Whatever else we Methodists did during General Conference this month, we certainly reaffirmed our inability to agree on matters of human sexuality. We’ve tackled the issue head-on in every General Conference since 1972, four years […]