It says "Ask a Priest" up there, as if I have answers.

Why on Earth Is This Gay Guy Marching for Climate?

Who’s the Boss?

Who’s the Boss?

Holy Hands by Gwen Meharg is licensed by CC AN 2.5.

If someone walked in those doors right now and bellowed, “Who’s in charge here?” Who would you point to?

Let the records show that the entire congregation pointed directly at Bob…although Bob I think was pointing at Ann, our senior warden, so there is some confusion.

Let’s examine this a little bit:

Did any of you have to be here this morning?


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When you're the only white person in the room

When I lived in Ecuador for 10 months I was often the only white person in the room, though it was a different dynamic than many in the minority face as I was a rich, white, American. I know one aspect of being the minority, but many of the stereotypes I faced were positive (except for the one where everyone I met thought I owned a gun or an entire arsenal).

When white friends don’t believe what blacks go through, they’re not friends

In the national conversation about race, especially after a well-publicized confrontation like the one in Ferguson this summer, different sides don’t need to agree. But they do have to accept that the other side is speaking sincerely and from the heart. And whites need to believe blacks when we say what we’ve been through.

Worship: The Real Deal

Worship: The Real Deal

Our Honeymoon-34Recently a video emerged of Victoria Osteen, co-pastor with her husband Joel of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. In the clip, with great enthusiasm, she says,

“I just want to encourage everyone of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way to look at it; we’re doing it for ourself because God takes pleasure when we’re happy. That’s the thing that gives him…

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America is the land of equal opportunity. At least that’s what we tell ourselves. But most of know that’s never really been true, even moreso today. Many factors determine whether we advance beyond the step on the economic ladder on which we were born: Are you black or white? Were your parents married or divorced? Did you go to college?

You probably didn’t think that America’s problem with inequality and lack of opportunity could be explained in less than four minutes using nothing more than a set of Legos, did you?

How to teach a young introvert

Not looking for sympathy here, but school was pretty hard for me on the social side—I definitely learned how to be gregarious, but all of the competitive hand-raising, forced group work, and unguided presentations weren’t as conducive to learning as a better balance might have been. The teachers I remember as being really great not only seemed to care about us and their area of instruction, but they had a good balance of these things.

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