Most weeks I publish my sermon from the previous Sunday here. This summer, though, I’m preaching in a slightly more informal way for my congregation’s Sunday services, and only publishing the audio of the sermon. During the late spring I … Continue reading Summer Sermon Podcast
The following was presented as a meditation to the community of Phillips Exeter Academy on February 21, 2018. The next time you are flying somewhere, pay careful attention when you are going through security. After you’ve taken off your shoes … Continue reading Beyond the Pink and Blue: A Meditation on Gender
Too many trans/genderqueer/non-binary kids woke up today in a world where their president called them a “burden” and “distraction”. These kids are already at a higher risk for suicide, not because there is anything wrong with them, but because they … Continue reading #BlessingNotBurden: It takes less than a minute to show trans youth you care.
Note: this post was originally published in 2015 on New Sacred. I’m reposting what I said then here as a resource for those who are discussing the gender binary at General Synod. “There is no longer male nor female, for … Continue reading A Church Beyond the Binary
Recently a person unknown to me posted his “resistance” oriented event on the Facebook wall of my church. It wasn’t clear what the event entailed and it seemed that it might cross the line into partisan territory. The poster’s profile … Continue reading Why your church (and pastor) can’t be partisan.
Earlier this week an interesting op-ed appeared in the New York Times entitled “My Daughter is not Transgender. She’s a Tomboy.” In it, Lisa Selin Davis, a mother and young adult novelist, details her child’s interactions with adults who are … Continue reading Tomboys, Trans Folks, and the Times
A few years ago I podcasted my sermons regularly, and enjoyed hearing feedback from those who listened. Then the podcasting service I was using shut down, and I started publishing my manuscript instead. Lately I’ve been listening to more podcasts, … Continue reading Now on iTunes: A new sermon podcast.
Dear Atlanta, When I was 17 my parents navigated the old Volvo station wagon through the gates of a college on your outskirts. The back was filled with everything a freshman dorm room needed. I got out of the car, … Continue reading Dear Atlanta: A letter for Election Day
During the earliest years of my ministry I served as a hospital chaplain, shepherding both religious and non-religious patients and families through the worst days of their lives. I quickly specialized in trauma, mostly because others didn’t want to, and … Continue reading Trauma, Trigger Warnings, and Making a Little Space
It seems like every week I hear someone in the wider church say, “You know, the church is more than the building.” This is often said in a rather condescending tone, with the sense that the speaker is delivering some … Continue reading In Defense of the Building: A Case for Not Selling Your Church Property Just Yet