Today it was my privilege to attend the consecration of the Rev. Dr. Ian T. Douglas as Diocesan Bishop of Connecticut. Archbishop Desmond Tutu preached, The Presiding Bishop, Katherine Jefferts Schori presided, and it was a GRAND affair. I enjoyed seeing friends, colleagues, professors, and classmates from EDS. It was an incredible day.
Archbp. Tutu's sermon was haunting in it's charge to love everyone, include everyone, make room for everyone. He wasn't kidding. He was for real. He spoke about God's dream.... that there is peace among us. It made me recall reading Verna Dozier's "The Dream of God" so many years ago that set me on my own journey.
I missed my friends today who were unable to come. But I wore my silver cross to remember Bonnie, Susan, Mary, and Sue. And I wore the stole with the women's names on it that Karen gave me for ordination. I felt like I was wrapped in the love and friendship of those women who are dear to me.
My prayer for Ian is that he remember who he is and whose he is, that he never value unity over inclusion, or collegiality over justice. May this be the first step toward his greater good as he serves the church.
Pray for Ian, bishop of the church. God knows he'll need it. That's one helluva difficult job.
This has been one of the most challenging weeks of my life. The irony that it has been Easter week is not lost on me. The theme of grief and disbelief that is the essence of Good Friday has permeated every facet of my life this week. That disbelief and grief continues all the way to Peter and the others not believing the women when they come to tell of the resurrection story. So too, I've found it very difficult to believe that the shock and pain and grief of this week will ever subside.
Each week I prepare a service for broadcast in a virtual church that is a multi-site location for Sunshine Cathedral in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Sunshine is a Metropolitan Community Church affiliated with the Center for Progressive Christianity. My ministry in Second Life , a virtual world based on gaming technology, gives me time each week to stop and reflect on sacred texts, on what has happened in the world and in my own life in the previous week. It also gives me an opportunity to take stock and evaluate what I can do differently next week to live out my own faith in a power greater than myself. And it gives me an opportunity to look back on my interactions with others so that I can keep trying to improve my relationships with those I love.
I'm going to begin to post the audio files of these sermons here if you care to listen. They range in length from 4 to 7 minutes. This week I'll post two files for you. The first is last week's Easter sermon. The second is this week's sermon for Easter II. I hope you enjoy these offerings. I welcome your comments.