Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I write, first and foremost, to thank you for your prayers and support as Margaret and I moved through the long process for the election of a Presiding Bishop. It was a privilege to be a finalist, and I learned and grew much along the way. I hope that ..
Dear brothers and sisters, I want to update you on our progress on the listening project launched at our diocesan convention last November. As you will recall, I invited each parish and intentional community to identify the partnerships it was already engaged in – other churches and faith communities, schools, social service agencies, etc. – ..
In a letter to the Times Blasting faith’s glib assurances, The writer tells how, as a young man In a sea storm all alone He prayed for help – No answer but a cormorant Perching and observing him awhile, Then flapping off, For him a lifetime’s proof Indifference holds sway. It wouldn’t do to note ..
When the church is up against forces it cannot control or redirect, it is time to recall our fundamental work, which is to be a community that practices and models mutual forgiveness and compassion for the world. I am always grateful that Easter lasts so long: we need all fifty days to work through the ..
Where are we as we enter into a new year? Sadly, we emerge from the cocoon of Christmas into a world of terror, geopolitical uncertainty, and for many of us the slog of long work days and little light. This is the time of year when I am most ready to pray the ancient hymn with which our rite for Evening Prayer begins: “O ..
This is both a sermon and an address, so I’m delivering this as I would a sermon – without notes and walking around. Let me know if you can’t hear me. We just heard a passage from John’s Gospel (17:11) , in which Jesus, on the night before he dies, consecrates himself, then prays for his disciples, and in ..
Bishop Breidenthal traveled in September to Teipei, Taiwan, for the annual fall House of Bishops meeting. He sent near-daily reflections to the diocese via e-Connections of his time in Taiwan, one of sixteen nations and regions outside the United States represented in the Episcopal Church. (You can see these reflections in the e-Connections archives) At the conclusion ..
The peace of Christ is always about engagement with the neighbor As I write this, it is late July, and while it’s very peaceful where I sit, the news is far from peaceful. The conflict in Ukraine is heating up, and while we mourn the downing of a commercial airplane over that war zone, the ..
Sermon on the occasion of the Rev. Gail Greenwell’s installation as Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, April 26, 2014 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” The passage from John’s Gospel that we just heard (15: 12-17) hurls those who are following the Christian calendar backwards out of Easter to Maundy ..
Bishop Breidenthal has returned from his sabbatical! During his time away, Bishop Tom dedicated time to return to one of his loves – writing poetry. The Heart Puddle Thomas E. Breidenthal A heart-shaped puddle Forms on the surface Of this headland trail, Water making visible The perfect imprint of a valentine, As if the trodden earth were one ..
Letter from the bishop: A visit to Haiti This is just a brief greeting as I reach the midpoint of my sabbatical. Margaret and I just returned from five days in Haiti, where the board of the National Association of Episcopal Schools met and visited a number of schools. (Some may not be aware that ..