Belonging

This Sunday is Laity Sunday. Almost the entire worship service will be conducted by lay members, five of whom will share aspects of their faith journey and the value of belonging to our church community. Few things compare to being part of a family of people who...

Do Dogs Go to Heaven?

As I was thinking about our Blessing of the Animals service tomorrow, I remembered a conversation I had some years ago with my grandson. It is still relevant and continues to make me Laugh Out Loud. Here is an exert from a reflection I shared in October 2015:...

Beyond 2020: Building Our Future

Lately, I have been trying to take life “one day/one step at a time” and not stretch too far into the future. With that said, I know the future, while not completely promised, is sure. The world is not likely to end anytime soon. Tomorrow will come whether you and I...

Reopening

Last summer, I took my 11-year-old granddaughter to Coney Island during her 3-week visit from North Carolina. Several friends joined us, one of whom has 2 daughters around her age. Needless to say, these girls had a blast. Their favorite ride was The Cyclone...

Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth. It has largely been celebrated within the Black community to commemorate June 19, 1865, the day that enslaved people in Texas learned of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been written nearly 2 and a half years earlier and declared the end...

This Sunday

Ordinarily, I would be at Annual Conference this week, Thursday through Sunday. Instead, our presiding Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton has encouraged all clergy and church staff to take these days as a much-needed break, for which I am grateful. This Sunday’s worship will...