Farewell sermon

Preached on June 24, 2018, the Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist and also the Feast of Bishop William Alexander Guerry of South Carolina.

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My predecessor and mentor Gurdon Brewster’s remarkable sculpture of Jesus and Buddha dancing was given to me by the people of Epiphany as a parting gift.

Audio of Friendship, Forgiveness, and Fun: A wedding Homily

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Bishop Guerry, who was killed in office by a priest for Guerry’s insistence on the full inclusion of African Americans in the diocese of South Carolina.

 

Preached at  Grace Cathedral in the Diocese of South Carolina for the wedding of Tom and Elizabeth Daniel, my two dear friends who I met in the green pastures of Cornell University. In the sermon I mention Eliza’s maid of honor Bella Cain, one of the most knowledgeable oyster shuckers in the country and a remarkable person who has broken barriers as a transgender woman in the tight knit world of oyster shucking. An article about her journey can be read here.

postscript: among other errata, I had a delightful conversation at the reception afterwards where one friend of Tom’s family reminded me that there is one quite significant reference to dogs in the Hebrew Bible.  The name Caleb, whose courage helps lead the people of Israel into the promised land, means dog. Courageous and steadfast. Amen.

LGBTQ Life at the Episcopal Church at Cornell

The following audio file is of my sermon introducing our community’s statement of support for the full inclusion of LGBTQ persons at the Episcopal Church at Cornell, along with community discussion. This took place during our Sunday night worship service on April 29th, 2018. Joy Always!

Atticus DeProspo

Atticus DeProspo ’15 discusses his journey toward self-acceptance as a gay athlete at the March 13 Soup and Hope.

And here is a link to the story of Atticus DeProspo, whom I mention in the talk and who gave a Soup and Hope talk about coming out as gay at Cornell some time after his and my conversation.

Christmas Eve 2017: Giving Birth to Christ

Audio Sermon: Eternity in a moment

Audio Sermon on Racism at Cornell and Joseph’s witness

This weekend at Cornell, an African-American student was subjected to repeated racial slurs and then attacked violently resulting in hospitalization. In the face of this and the increasingly violent racism in our country, silence is not an option.

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Fear and Shame in the Wake of Charlottesville

 

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This was in the background of my sermon 

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