Interstellar Space

Living as I do in an urban environment, it is not usually possible to see many, if any, stars on a regular basis.  Fortunately, my work takes me off the beaten path to places where there is little ambient light to obscure the night sky.   Most recently, I found myself in the desert ofContinue reading “Interstellar Space”

Rumors of My Demise…

Mark Twain’s quip about reports of his death having been exaggerated is one of my favorites.  It might fairly be applied to this blog. When I started the blog over a year ago, my intent had been to post once a week and, for the most part, I sustained that pace…until I couldn’t.  And so,Continue reading “Rumors of My Demise…”

How Democracies Die

How Democracies Die By Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt Let me confess up front:  I have not yet read this book.  I’m screwing up my courage to do so.  However, I’ve heard just enough about it to be extremely concerned and intrigued. The authors argue that in recent times authoritarian leaders have actually come toContinue reading “How Democracies Die”

Juneteenth

Today, June 19th, marks the anniversary of the day Texas abolished slavery in 1865.  Several states, including Texas, recognize it. The Federal Government has also recognized “Juneteenth Independence Day,” although it is not an official Federal holiday. Perhaps of more consequence, Apple added Juneteenth to the list of official U.S. holidays this year.  I’m embarrassedContinue reading “Juneteenth”

Marriage

As Martin Luther wrote, “There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage.”   I couldn’t agree more.  And not just because my wife and I are about to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary, I promise. The fact of the matter is that I’m a big fan ofContinue reading “Marriage”

Fulfilling God’s Dreams

One of the great and humbling honors of serving Episcopal Relief & Development is the opportunity I have to visit our work around the world.   In April, I led a pilgrimage of friends and supporters to Zambia to learn about our work with children.   For the last several years we have worked withContinue reading “Fulfilling God’s Dreams”

God’s Jewels

Anyone who knows me will attest that I am fundamentally a city person.  Having lived in New York City on and off for over 30 years, my instincts are well-honed and distinctly urban.  I can emerge from the subway and my sense of direction is intact. I know the most likely corners on which to catchContinue reading “God’s Jewels”

Marwan’s Story

Marwan and I met when I was in Jordan earlier this year visiting Syrian Refugee Camps.  He stuck out right away because he was the only male teacher amongst several dozen female teachers.  Moreover, as I watched him teach, I was struck by his energy and joy. After observing him teach, we had lunch togetherContinue reading “Marwan’s Story”

One billboard outside Sandusky, Ohio

Each year my wife and I attend St. Bartholomew’s three-hour Good Friday service.  Each year I wonder how on earth I will sit through three hours of music, extended periods of silent prayer, readings on the seven last words of Christ, and a homily on each.  Each year the time disappears.