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February 2016

Ashes to Go in Sacramento

For the third year, Trinity Cathedral had teams of people offering ashes and prayers to people passing by. We had teams at a light rail station, Caesar Chavez Park and in front of the Cathedral.  There was also a station in front of St. Paul's downtown. They prayed with over 150 people. It is always a moving experience. Here are some of my photos:


Ashes to Go 2016


In Luke's version of the Transfiguration of Jesus, Jesus was praying when the appearance of his face changed and his clothes became dazzling white. This detail gave me the opportunity to preach about how prayer is intended to change us, to transfigure us so we begin to see the world through the eyes of God.


Guest Preaching at St. Francis Church, Fair Oaks

Saint Francis Church in Fair Oaks is beginning a three month conversation about the Episcopal Church's welcome of people who are gay or lesbian. Their Rector, The Rev. Joe Duggan invited me to be with the congregation on the Sunday they launched the program. I preached and then gave a presentation and led a conversation after the service. It was a great morning. The congregation was very engaged. Coincidentally, on that same Sunday, Pastor Joy Johnson was preaching at Trinity Cathedral as we were beginning a Cathedral-wide conversation on racial reconciliation.  Here's my sermon:


Racial Justice Program Begins at Trinity Cathedral

Trinity Cathedral is participating in Trinity Institute's program on racial justice.  We began by hosting Joy Johnson, Pastor of Higher Hope Christian Church as our guest preacher on January 31. It was a great beginning.  We launch the program on Thursday, February 4 by watching Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's sermon that kicked off the Trinity Institute program and then watching Michele Norris's keynote address.  For the season of Lent we will meet in small groups to watch and discuss the other presentations.  Here's Pastor Joy's energetic sermon.