What’s is your favorite passage in scripture? Is it something from the Psalms - ‘the Lord is my Shepherd…’ (Ps. 23)? Perhaps John - ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God.’ (John 1:1)?

I would encourage you to share your favorite passage in the commen...

I always think of the ride Pirates of the Caribbean in Disney World whenever I get a letter from the Seamen’s Center of Wilmington. I know, it is an unfair comparison…perhaps even offensive and I must apologize for that. I suppose not being from the East Coast has some...

Sunday’s reading is a rather well known Gospel parable. So much so we have a law named after the hero, I worked at one of the many hospitals to carry the name of the one that came to the rescue of an injured man...the story of the Good Samaritan is well known.

The story...

“The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;

the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

Most folks at St. Stephen’s should be familiar with this blessing, it is used often at the...

My family, like all Americans (with the exception of native folk), were immigrants. In the 1920’s we came to Chicago via Ellis Island - and very few of us have had the audacity to leave. Even when those of us left, the city still coursed through our veins, and our hear...

Did you know that Easter is not just a single Sunday, but a season of celebration from Easter Sunday to Pentecost...that’s fifty days! Fifty days of celebration.

It’s called Eastertide - the time between Easter morning and Pentecost.

When you take a moment and think abou...

To love, to invite, to serve.

A very simple mission - a mission deeply rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Churches try to be counter-cultural in so many ways, but what happens when the very mission of a church (our church) is counter to everything that folks think of...

Greetings from St. Louis and the National Workshop on Christian Unity!

What a beautiful gathering thus far - Roman Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Episcopal Church, the United Methodist, and the Presbyterian Church USA (amongst other denominations)...

Where does your life and faith intersect?

For some, they see their faith and their everyday life as two separate things - and the two shall never meet. Some go to church and when they leave, they leave.

Others might see their faith and their life walking hand in hand - a...

Today, we are invited to the “discipline of Lent—self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love—strengthened by the gifts of word and sacrament.” The invitation, part of the Ash Wednesday liturgy, is an intentional message for...

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