Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

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June 8, 2020

A year and a half ago Fr. Tom from St. Paul’s and Church of the Incarnation, The Rev. Jon Brown from Old Bergen Church, The Rev. Mona Fitch Eliot from St John’s Lutheran and I spent five hours at a City Council meeting. Near the end of the agenda was a vote to approve...

May 12, 2020

“God willing and the creek don’t rise.”

The first time I heard this saying was at seminary.  My Southern Baptist friend Tammy Abee said it when I told her I’d meet her for lunch.  Many years later a member of the local mosque in the town where I was the Episcopal priest...

May 1, 2020

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not ce...

March 31, 2020

When I was a kid I went to Hebrew School once or twice.  I remember a lady helping me learn a few letters in the Hebrew alphabet, but like any kid crashing into a class that’s been going on for weeks in a school where everyone has chosen friends, as much as I would hav...

March 27, 2020

Since the quarantine two members of our congregation have buried their mothers.  Though their deaths were not related to the pandemic their families and friends inability to gather and console each other was. One member’s young son lost his job due to the shut-down of...

March 20, 2020

Because Grace Church has held Morning and Evening Prayer online every day this week I’ve been spending more time with the Psalmists.  Being with them feels like riding a roller coaster.  

For example, Psalm 102 begins by diving head first into a litany of suffering...

March 14, 2020

A Word from Our Warden Henry Faulkner
About Holy Defiance in the Face of Fear

I recently revisited the Michael Moore documentary "Bowling for Columbine".  In it, Moore attempts to understand the reasons behind the school shooting massacre by unpacking all of the reasons...

February 28, 2020

In January I went with friends to the Natural History Museum in Washington DC.  We wandered through an exhibit called “Deep Time” which chronicles billions of years and several mass extinctions.  A pre-historic turtle hangs from the ceiling near a mechanical pterodacty...

February 21, 2020

Clergy are ordained by the church, consecrated by a bishop and surrounded by loved ones while a choir fills the incensed air chanting “Veni Sancte Spiritus”. Prophets are ordained by God alone out in the wilderness or in some random parking lot. Priests want to be orda...

February 7, 2020

On Wednesday Pamela Johnson, the Director of the Jersey City’s Anti-Violence Coalition came to the Episcopal church’s storefront mission in Greenville.  The scope of Pam’s work with people who have inflicted or suffered from violence in Jersey City is breathtaking and...

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