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Curry Tribute: Thank God for This Life-Giving Extrovert

I am glad Bishop Curry breathed more life into the lungs of a church that has sometimes struggled with its identity.

A Moment for Justice in Palestine and Israel

Conditions for Palestinians in the West Bank worsen daily, and in the United States, “student intifadas” at some college and university campuses have heated up conversations about this nation’s financial, military, and diplomatic support of Israel’s actions.

Stop Resolving and Love Your Neighbor

Jews are now frequently dismissed as “settler colonialists,” or “Zionists” (spit out as if it were a curse), or unworthy of life, not our neighbor.

From the Archives: A Third Article Reflection

In the wake of Holy Spirit's coming at Pentecost, I have turned to our archives to present various reflections on the third person of...

Green Cars and the Presence of God

"I feel God all around me.” My daughter, 6, said to me right before she drifted off to sleep. More often than not, the last...

‘Where Your Treasure Is’: A Call to Financial Rightsizing

The Episcopal Church has been my home for the past 30 years. It is where I encountered Jesus in a real and powerful way....

Say No to the ‘Taterix’

Two school years ago, during a dinner in the Saint James School refectory, a former male student asked me, “Father Montgomery, what do you...

Foolishness to the Clowns

In St. Mary’s Chapel at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, near the back on the epistle side, is a window commemorating the late Michael Ramsey,...

Camino En Route

It was the drone overhead that did it. I’m walking alone on this particular stretch of the Camino when I hear an unusual buzzing...

Saying Goodbye to Nana

I am an Episcopalian, and Episcopalians often give up something for Lent or take something on as a daily discipline. This might include abstaining from...

George Fox, Episcopal Saint

In a recent conversation, a Roman Catholic student of mine asked: “Do Episcopalians have saints?” Well, yes, we do. In the Apostles’ Creed, we proclaim...

The Smokehouse Creek Fire and God

Last year, Canadian wildfires were in the news. This year the fires blaze in Texas. As I write, the Smokehouse Creek Fire blazes still....

The Muslim Mary: A Symbol of Devotion, Virtue and Hope

For Christians, the contemplative Christmas season is over. Holy Week and Easter will soon be upon us. During these sacred observances, the figure of...

No Regrets After Leaving Social Media

About a year ago, I wrote about my decision to leave behind social media. I can say that the decision has been unequivocally positive....

He Gets Us Angry

I have loved football all of my life. My father played football in college, while my brother and I, due to a downward genetic mutation,...

The Culture of Bullying in the Body of Christ

I was a scrawny kid in an English boys’ boarding school, small for my age, a late developer, sitting prey for bullies. For several years...

Honor, Shame, and the Gospel in the American South, Part III

Previous essays in this series have explored the matrix of an honor-shame culture in American Southern history, and how the American church found itself...

Uncle Tom or New Negro? A Black Episcopalian’s Reflections on Booker T. Washington

Robert Norrell’s Up from History: The Life of Booker T. Washington (2009) was the first full-length biography of the late 19th- and early 20th-century...

Let’s Put ‘Woke’ to Rest

My social media algorithms like to put a feed in front of me featuring excerpts of “woke” Christian teachers. (I don’t name the source,...

Bring Back the Greeks

I have a talk on modernity and mission in which I try to diagnose the challenge of modernity and lay out a strategy for an...

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