Politics and the Heart

It’s almost election day. Is anyone else exhausted? I can only speak for myself, but I sure am. I have experienced an especially oppressive spirit over the past few months, and in conversations with others, I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. I think it’s more than just news fatigue. I think there is something spiritual […]

Pride and Erasure

As I attempt to listen and learn more about my neighbors who identify as LGBTQ, I must admit a particular stumbling block: Pride. I’m speaking specifically to the adoption and use of “Pride” as a banner, a unifying phrase and public proclamation of solidarity. I admit, my own gut reaction and bias come from my […]

On the Christian Response to the Orlando Shootings

“I am so sick of this! I can’t believe people say those kinds of things!” My fourteen year old son burst through the door, visibly agitated. We could barely discern exactly what he was trying to communicate. But it was certainly urgent, and it appeared to have something to do with social media. “Ugh, more […]

What Has Corinth To Do With America?

I’ve been reading through the writings of the “Apostolic Fathers” recently. These works, some pastoral letters in the same vein as St. Paul’s epistles, others sermons, others accounts of martyrdom or histories, have one things in common: their connection to the Early Church, the Christians in the time just after the time of the Apostles. […]

Why I Must Oppose Donald Trump: One Priest’s Perspective

I am becoming more convinced that the era of argument is over. Whether in the public sphere, or sadly, even among family and friends, or communities I have witnessed the very swift decline of exchange of ideas, benefit of doubt, and allowance of nuance. I have certainly been guilty of contributing to this decline, perhaps […]

“Self-Appointed Tyranny”:Triumph and the Gospel

I try my best to not talk politics at Church. At seminary we were taught to preach the Gospel, not politics from the pulpit (or, in Orthodox terms, from the “ambo”.) The reason was because a) taking a political position would immediately alienate a portion of the congregation, and b) the point of the sermon […]