On PTSD, climate change, and hope: A sermon for St. Francis Day and the Blessing of the Animals

This sermon is from ECN editor Rev. Nathan Empsall, delivered at St. Thomas's Episcopal Church in New Haven, Connecticut on October 3, 2021 -- the Blessing of the Pets, the last Sunday in the Season of Creation, and St. Francis Day. [Readings: Isaiah 65:17-25, Romans 8:28-39, and Mark 16:14-18] May I speak with God who... Continue Reading →

Mourning and Celebrating Notre Dame

Notre Dame is like the world's glaciers, forests, and species: The cathedral took centuries to create, its beauty connects us to God, and it feels like it will last forever. But as reporter Dave Roberts has noted, like the world's glaciers, forests, and species, even Gothic cathedrals can sustain massive damage in the blink of... Continue Reading →

Yes, we are dust: Stardust.

Today on Ash Wednesday, we are told, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." At first glance, this is a humbling statement, an appropriate way to begin Lent, the season of penitence. The threats and damage of climate change remind those of us who live Western lifestyles that we certainly have... Continue Reading →

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