We need the “empathicalism” of “Funny Face”

It may seem strange to conflate the whimsical 1957 Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire musical "Funny Face" with the atrocious treatment of children in concentration camps on our southern border. But, the children in those cages were on my mind (they usually are, of late) while my wife, Tammy, and I were watching Hepburn and … Continue reading We need the “empathicalism” of “Funny Face”

It’s all in there… Our Baptismal Covenant calls us to action

Many of us struggle with determining how to apply our faith to the secular world. In the Episcopal Church, behind our red doors, we are very comfortable with the creeds, the liturgy and our beautiful expressions of love for God. But, outside those doors, how do we apply our love for God to the fractured … Continue reading It’s all in there… Our Baptismal Covenant calls us to action

Be like Barnabas, the glue of encouragement

Have you ever needed encouragement? Ever needed a second chance, even when you didn’t really deserve it? God gives us these gifts through grace, and sometimes that grace flows through his servants. St. Barnabas was such a servant. Barnabas first appears in Acts 4:36: “Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which … Continue reading Be like Barnabas, the glue of encouragement

Battling opioids from the pulpit

Oklahoma City -- State officials are partnering with faith leaders to spread education about the opioid crisis, and to break down stigma surrounding drug addiction and treatment. The Rev. Shannon Fleck, executive director of Oklahoma Conference of Churches (OCC), said the ecumenical organization recently launched a partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and … Continue reading Battling opioids from the pulpit