We not only follow in the way of our parents, but we all share in the guilt and sin of humanity.
The language of the prayer book acknowledges the pain and sadness of death. “Out of the deep have I cried unto thee. O Lord, hear my voice.”
Serving as a rector in the increasingly secular Northeast, I often feel like I am working in an unstable religious context.
A rediscovery of humility is in order, if pastors are to maintain the mental, emotional, and spiritual health that allows them to continue faithfully in the ministry.
Why should we read a dead white Swiss man?
This past January I traveled to Israel with a group of 20 clergy. Our group included four rabbis, two imams, two Roman Catholics, and a diverse range of Protestant pastors.
My plea would not only be for understanding and real human sympathy but also for intercession. I cite Job as a model.
Bishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy faced conflict and put down stable roots, but died with unfinished visions.