Be relational in Christ: Make room for new friendships

Be relational in Christ: Make room for new friendships

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 ..

An update on the Bishop’s Listening Project

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. – ..

On the Feast of the Annunciation

On the Feast of the Annunciation

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 ..

Easter challenge: Being faithful in the presence of evil

Easter challenge: Being faithful in the presence of evil

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 ..

New year, new relationships

New year, new relationships

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 ..

Reflection from Hiroshima

Reflection from Hiroshima

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 ..

How to be the church today: Connect, build community

How to be the church today: Connect, build community

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 ..

When we loved as Jesus loved, there is room for the outsider

When we loved as Jesus loved, there is room for the outsider

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 ..

The Heart Puddle

The Heart Puddle

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 ..

Bishop’s Letter

Bishop’s Letter

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 ..