“Cassock-gate,” the Reformation, and The Book of Common Prayer

I have only been the Rector of my congregation for seven months and already I have had to face-down my first, Watergate-sized scandal. Kyrie eleison. Picture it: Sewanee, Tennessee. 2017. There I was standing in the front of a lecture hall giving a presentation on The Book of Common Prayer as a part of Sewanee’s “Once and Future Prayer Book” Conference. The goal of the … Continue reading “Cassock-gate,” the Reformation, and The Book of Common Prayer

Sermon: Wondering and Wandering in the Wilderness

[Given on Sunday, February 22, 2015,  by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church –  Kansas City, MO] Mark 1:12 (1:9-15) O God, take our minds and think through them, take our lips and speak through them, take our hearts and set them on fire    with love for you; may your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen. “And the Spirit … Continue reading Sermon: Wondering and Wandering in the Wilderness

Sermon: Discipleship in God’s Darkness

I wonder if Jesus is to be found in the “Outer Darkness,” on the margins of society, outside the circles of power, circulating in the periphery of the community, keeping company with lepers and prostitutes, touching the sick and feeding the hungry. I wonder if we ourselves are not called to be Children of the light who boldly walk in God’s darkness. Continue reading Sermon: Discipleship in God’s Darkness

Coffeehouse Musings: Making Room for Hospitality

It almost seems like we’re in this arms race of sorts – popular culture has filled people’s schedules with task upon task upon task, and church, desirous of being viable, has followed suit. We’ve become junkies hooked on the drug of production and doing. To apply a religious lens to it, we have begun serving the gods of “more” instead of hearing the call of a God who creates space to rest and be. Continue reading Coffeehouse Musings: Making Room for Hospitality

For Tisha B’Av: A Lamentation for Gaza

Originally posted on Shalom Rav:
This Monday night begins the Jewish fast of Tisha B’Av: a day of mourning for the calamities that have befallen the Jewish people over the centuries. Among other things, the traditional Tisha B’Av liturgy includes the chanting Biblical book of  Lamentations. Given the profoundly tragic events currently unfolding in Gaza, I offer this reworking of the first chapter of Lamentations. … Continue reading For Tisha B’Av: A Lamentation for Gaza

Take Off Your Shoes: Feeling the “Holy” in the Day-to-Day

At some point early this morning I took my shoes off at my desk and never put them back on. I didn’t do it for an pious and super-spiritual reason, other than the fact that it was a lot more comfortable. I attended a few meetings, without my shoes. Walked through our parish hall, without shoes. I even walked into my boss’s office, without shoes. Even … Continue reading Take Off Your Shoes: Feeling the “Holy” in the Day-to-Day