If we follow the letter of scripture without love and compassion in our hearts for others, we are only doing what is required not what is intended.
The next four years will test our character as a nation - not as a collection of politicians and and branches of government, but as an imperfect community of people.
This is not going to be a piece about politics. There is enough of that going on. In my opinion, there is too much prose-based anxiety. Too many sharp delineations between black and white. Not enough beauty. Not enough color. What I believe we need in our society is poetry - reminders of beauty and … Continue reading Enough is Enough
Love is the only way we will unseat the power of death. Violence only begets more violence, whether that violence is war, vigilante attempts at justice, or terrorism. Love is the only way forward. Fear and division, suspicion and hatred, oppression and violence will only bear more of the same.
once that word is in us, it can never leave us.
If you're wondering where the student protests and activism of Mizzou, the Syrian Refugee Crisis, and the Paris Attacks collide, I can sum it up I one word - prejudice. More broadly, how we treat those who are suffering and in need is often affected by the color of their skin, the name of someone's … Continue reading Faith in the Face of Terror
As I sit down to pen this reflection, the news reports of the terrorist attacks in Paris are still streaming in. Over 100 dead, dozens injured, countless lives shattered, safety and security destroyed. This attacks follows bombings in Baghdad and Beirut and add to a legacy of carnage and human brokenness. We've become so … Continue reading An Appeal to the Light – Prayers for Paris… And the World
Enlightenment... does not come through raising walls around our hearts, but by tearing them down and exposing them to the God who comes to us over and over, day after day, in unexpected ways.
Community is hard. Real, actual, loving, close-fitting, elbow-rubbing community is very difficult. This has become more evident to me over the past few days in the wake of the landmark Supreme Court ruling (Obergefell v. Hodges) that legalized civil marriage for same-sex couples throughout the entire United States of America. I knew intuitively last week … Continue reading Why the Whole “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin” Thing is Basically a Lie.
[Given on the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, June 14, 2015, by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church – Kansas City, Missouri] "[The Kingdom of God] is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows … Continue reading Sermon: Learning to Live in Trees