Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

“Blessed are those in emotional turmoil, they shall be united inside by love. Healthy are those who are weak and overextended for their purpose, they shall feel their inner flow of strength return. Healed are those who weep for their frustrated desire, they shall see the face of fulfillment in a new form.” – from… Read More

BLOG: Alton Sterling and the 8th Sunday After Pentecost.

I am writing a sermon. This week’s lectionary scripture (for Sunday July 10, 2016) is from Luke… The story of the Good Samaritan. It does not go unnoticed: I remember with vivid recall the last time I preached this verse. The Lectionary is on a three year cycle, so the last time I was preparing… Read More

Those People Just Like Us

Last night, my 7 year old son and I had a “sleepover” at our church – we were staying as overnight hosts for the homeless guests that were sleeping at our church as part of Families Moving Forward. (We do this because there is something very special about being able to run around the church… Read More

Blessing Bowls

  As many know, I have been doing a chaplain residency this year on my road to ordination. One of my areas of responsibility in the hospital is the Birth Center, which everyone thinks will be fun, until they realize ‘no one calls the chaplain when labor goes well.’ Much of my job has been holding the… Read More


For Alice.                                                          12.15.15 You don’t expect laughter On a Tuesday night at 11:00 pm To be coming from the hospital chapel. You don’t expect smiles To spread across tear-stained cheeks As a mother clings to her husband’s waist And speaks of the kind of love That only grows in darkness. You don’t expect the warmth… Read More