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Meaghan Burns and her family are members of Saints James and Andrew in Greenfield, MA. I confirmed her in 2014. Meaghan joined the Navy and was out with a Navy friend who had recently broken up with a boyfriend. When they left the restaurant, the boyfriend shot and killed Meaghan and her friend and then himself. Meaghan was 23 years old.…

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I have often said that Luke 3:1 is the most important verse in the entire Bible. “In the 15th year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was king of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood…

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The following sermon was given this morning at the annual Renewal of Vows and Blessing of Oils at Christ Church Cathedral. Welcome. Thank you for taking time away from sermon prep, acolyte wrangling, bulletin proof-reading, pastoral care and answering questions about when IS the Easter Service, to come together in mutual support of one another in ministry. Welcome Lutherans and…

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Preachers should never read long quotes in a sermon. But bloggers can! Here is a quote from Brian McLaren in his book, THE GREAT MIGRATION : HOW THE WORLD’S LARGEST RELIGION IS SEEKING A BETTER WAY TO BE CHRISTIAN. “Now imagine: if you wanted to find an organization well positioned to encourage change on all of these four levels (intrapersonal,…

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I have often begun Christmas sermons, and reflections about Christmas, with stories about Christmas Pageants I have seen. Like the time the child portraying the angel Gabriel did not exit the stage after her “annunciation” to Mary. Instead she stayed with Mary through all the rejections she and Joseph and the baby Jesus faced as they were turned away at…

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This month the Bishop’s Blog is co-written by The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, our Missioner for Creation Care, and Bishop Fisher. Everyone (and we mean everyone) knows our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as “the Royal Wedding Preacher.” He certainly touched souls around the world in his inspired message of the transforming power of love. But did you know that five…

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A sermon offered at St. Mark’s in Leominster on September 16. Gospel text is Mark 8:27-38. Everyone knows by now that our Presiding Bishop, the “Royal Wedding preacher,” Michael Curry, is coming to our great diocese for an Episcopal revival on Sunday October 21st. The gospel writers don’t use the word “revival” but I think that was what it was…

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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches often and powerfully on love. “If it is not about love…it is not about God.” At the General Convention Revival in Austin, Texas, he preached about love for an hour. In that hour he articulated a theology, spirituality and praxis of love that was as tightly reasoned as it was inspirational. The life and teaching…

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I don’t write every time there is a mass shooting in our beloved country. I do pray every time there is one (about once a week) and I pray daily for the 95 Americans a day killed in the public health crisis of gun violence. And, with you, I take part in witness events – like those organized by our…

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