Luke, and Transitions

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Delivered at St. George’s Episcopal Church, La Canada, June 27, 2010


2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20
Luke 9:51-62

In what appears to be a fit of anxiety, Elisha turns to his mentor and asks for a double share of the spirit. The prophet tells his student that what he asks for is a difficult thing, offers no promises, and in a whirlwind of fire, a chariot carries the prophet Elijah into heaven. By the sea, Elisha find’s his master’s mantle, a cloak of authority, stands there alone, hesitates…..eventually picks it up, and follows in Elijah’s footsteps.

Paul writes to the people of Galatia who are confused, and unsure of what to do next. They struggle with many things, including the traditions of the Law of Torah, and the prevalent philosophy of the region which states that when you are totally free that you can do anything you want as long as it feels good.
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Coco and Stravinsky

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I first discovered Stravinsky when I was 14 years old, and have studied the life and work of the composer for over half of my life. When I came across a movie which featured the composer, especially when he was younger, and living in Paris,  I knew I had to screen the movie; the trailer is attached to the photo below.

Coco and Stravinsky

The film was based on the novel by Chris Greenhalgh which is based on the “what if” scenario that rumors of a purported affair between the Chanel and Stravinsky were actually true. Read More

Pride and Faith

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On a blog site, someone considered Pride Parades, and Faith, and do they conflict? I responded in this manner:

As clergy in the Episcopal Church who welcomes all people, and meets them where they are, the one thing I’ve noticed is that many organized religious folks seem to think it’s a biblical tradition to think only of THEIR personal piety, and THEIR chances for entry into whatever they think heaven is.

The reality is, much like this website, people are called into community, and if you look at the true ministry of Jesus on earth, he called people into community, fed, healed, and taught others to NOT put yourself first……strange how 2 millennium has kinda screwed things up, huh?

I have seen Pride parades loose their way as each individual group tries to use their time for their own personal agenda, be it a non-profit, or a person’s own hedonistic gratification. I get a sense that many people who attend Pride seek community, and don’t find it. Then, from my side of the coin, as a representative of a faith tradition who thinks in terms of community, we get a touch of resentment from people who have been abused in the name of Christianity, and other faith traditions.

I’m not sure there is a quick answer, but maybe the first step is for people to realize that it is community that they seek, and once this is found, all types of healing can occur, and all kinds of growth can take place.


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