I have been blessed with a free and solitary week at a cabin on the Massachusetts coastline. My purpose for coming was to give myself “alone” time to try to get back into writing my book and back into feeling like myself. It has been a hard and tumultuous year for me. A concussion and … More And I Like Long Walks on the Beach…
This is a song I wrote a few years ago to celebrate a coffee shop that functioned as the living room of our little town. The lyrics are posted under the video on YouTube. Now that The Barge is closed and the corporate coffee chain that took over the space has also failed, I … More At the Barge
from Colgate University’s 2018 Baccalaureate Service. God of Grace and God of Glory, We have been here many times before, in this Chapel, we who live and work here and we who have been here for a time. We have been in this place as frightened new members of the Colgate community, overwhelmed by the … More A Prayer for Graduating Students
Everything in Iceland is in the middle of nowhere. One realizes as soon as one is outside the mild urban hum of Reykjavik that there are just not very many people or very many towns in Iceland. A settlement the size of the small town where I live– a place with a college, a movie … More The Cabin, Light.
The Prepared Text of the Benediction for Commencement 2017 May you always know yourself to be loved and may your presence always be an occasion of joy for others. May you always cherish the liberty of your mind and conscience and never fall prey to tyranny or intimidation. May you never lack courage in the … More Benediction for Colgate University’s 2017 Commencement
Easter 6 Homily: John 14:15-21 Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. But you … More Baccalaureate Mass Homily 2017
HOMILY: THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, Year C Luke 21:5-19 I don’t care how young you were when you first read Harry Potter: You quickly figured out two things: (1) Harry would ultimately survive and be OK and (2) He would eventually kill Voldemort. Right? But even though you knew both those things, you didn’t just say, … More Living Under Threat of Disaster