Sermon: Shade Trees and Grape Vines – Animating Anger in the Service of God

[Given on Sunday, September 21, 2014 by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Kansas City, MO] Jonah 3:10-4:11 Matthew 20:1-16 And the LORD said, “is it right for you to be angry?” - Jonah 4:4 (NRSV) In the name of great God who is Creating, Liberating, and Sustaining. Amen. + This … Continue reading Sermon: Shade Trees and Grape Vines – Animating Anger in the Service of God

Sermon: What Dreams May Come

Hell is when you are suffering and when you are left alone. Hell is when the hungry are not fed, when the thirsty are not given anything to drink, when the stranger is not welcomed, when the naked are not clothed, when the sick and the imprisoned are not visited, when the depressed are not cared for, when the oppressed are not liberated, when the victims are not vindicated. If righteousness and justice are the foundation of God’s throne, then where there is no righteousness and where there is no justice, there is only Hell.

Open Letter to Presiding Bishop-Elect Joseph W. Walker III and the “By Invitation Only” Attendees of the Inaugural Meeting of the SHIFT

I am a proud signatory to this letter, and even prouder to reblog it on “Black and White and in Living Color.”


On Monday, December 9, someone forwarded me a post on Facebook about aninitiative by the Bishop-Elect of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. I read all of it and was disturbed. I posted about it on WomanPreach! Inc.’s Facebook page. People asked whether I would respond further. I pondered it and decided, “Yes.” And then, my response became OUR response, taking on a life of its own. I appreciate the people who signed this letter and the people who wished they could have. This is what justice-making and beloved faith community-building look like to me–a group of people from the church, not all whom would agree with each other about everything, but who know that the table of God is expansive and who know that it takes all of us to change the world for good. I’m glad to be on the journey with you all (and the…

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