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August 9, 2020

He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. Matthew 14. 22 - 33

I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know how to swim.

I don’t remember ever being afraid of the water.

 In fact, I have always loved the water and bee...

August 8, 2020

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peac...

July 19, 2020

Dear God,

I found my shoe in church on Sunday,

Under a blanket that covered someone who was watching tv the night before. 

You see we worship in the play room now

Watching our priests on a tv and lighting our own candles. 

We are truly pilgrims on a journey in search of the...

July 5, 2020

With the skilled research of an historian and the pristine language of a poet, J. Chester Johnson tells the story of his damaged heritage and its responsibility in the grievous actions wrought upon the black sharecroppers and their families near Elaine, Arkansas in 191...

June 16, 2020

This post is longer than usual. It is a presentation I made about Cry, the Beloved Country. It is a bit rough, not polished, but I think the message of the book is essential to our struggle today.  Please watch it when you have time, and then spread the word of th...

June 10, 2020

     One of my favorite memories of teaching was a breakthrough with a special student when she raised her hand with great enthusiasm and said, "Mrs. Courtney, Mrs. Courtney, Does history repeat itself???" 

These two readings appointed for today prove how...

June 5, 2020

On this day in history...In 1968, immediately after he announced to his cheering supporters that the country was ready to end its fractious divisions, Robert Kennedy was shot several times by 22-year-old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan.

Do you remember where you were that day...

June 3, 2020

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, a...

June 1, 2020

Psalm 72

He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, from one generation to another... there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.

     These are hard times. We are fighting on two fronts: the pandemic of COVID and the pandemic of suffocation....

May 31, 2020


by Malcolm Guite

Today we feel the wind beneath our wings
Today  the hidden fountain flows and plays
Today the church draws breath at last and sings
As every flame becomes a Tongue of praise.
This is the feast of fire,air, and water
Poured out and breathed and...

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