Seventy Times Seven – September 14 – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

You are a prisoner in a concentration camp. A dying Nazi soldier asks for your forgiveness. What would you do? Forty-five years ago Simon Wiesenthal asked this question of a group of notable thinkers. These thinkers ranged from the Dalai Lama to Chinese dissident Harry Wu, from the director of Amnesty International to theology professors,…

Where is God? – August 24, 2014 – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

We have been inundated this summer with an almost unprecedented level of terrible news. The world news daily reports the continuing crisis between Israel and the Palestinians, violence in the Ukraine, the persecution of Iraqi religious minorities, including Anglican Christians and Muslims, the threat of war in South Sudan, and the shaky peace in Afghanistan….

Strangers in a Foreign Land – August 17, 2014 – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

What do you know about being an exile, a stranger in a foreign land, an outsider completely dependent upon God’s mercy and the hospitality of others? I have very little experience of personally understanding such a situation although several times in my life I have been on the welcoming end. In the mid-1970’s my parish…

Christian Practice – August 10, 2014 – The Rev’d Jo-Ann Murphy

John Buchanan, editor and publisher of the bi-weekly magazine, The Christian Century, tells a story in the June 25th issue that touched my heart. It’s a story about Christian practice. Buchanan says that as a Protestant lad growing up he noticed that his Roman Catholic friends wore crucifixes, went to confession, ate cheese sandwiches for…