http://thefunstons.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Brexit-flags-300x200.jpg

Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A homily offered by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston on the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, June 26, 2016, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Proper 8C of the Revised Common Lectionary: 1 Kings 19:15-16,19-21; Psalm 16; Galatians 5:1,13-25; and St. Luke 9:51-62. These lessons may be found at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== As many of you know, this past week was …

Rev. Susan... says:
Well researched, well written and sound. Thank you. more
http://thefunstons.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/fireflies-300x169.jpg

Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A “Rector’s Reflection” offered by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston in the July 2016 issue of “The Epistle,” the newsletter of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. ==================== The week of the summer solstice was an interesting one in the Funston household. The night of the solstice there was what is known as a “strawberry moon,” a phenomenon which only occurs when a full moon coincides with the northern hemisphere’s summer …

George Baum says:
This is a beautiful post, Fr. Eric. Wishing you both some peaceful confidence... more
Sally walker says:
Thank you. What an ice way to start my day, a calm reflective read. more
http://thefunstons.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/EricOrangeStole-555x1024.jpg

Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A homily offered by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston on the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, June 19, 2016, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Proper 7C of the Revised Common Lectionary: Isaiah 65:1-9; Psalm 22:18-27; Galatians 3:23-29; and St. Luke 8:26-39. These lessons may be found at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== Twenty-four years and 363 days ago I was made a …

clara canning says:
Great reflection on your 25 years of ministry. Goods sped. I think of those... more
The Rev. Peggy... says:
Eric, thank you for this faithful, honest and courageous sermon—and... more
http://thefunstons.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/p_pelvic_cavity_08-300x217.jpg

Follow @FatherEricF As a human body moves, its tissues or organs normally move and shift, repositioning themselves in relation to one another within a normative range; nothing in the body is static. These tissues and organs have slippery surfaces and natural lubricants to allow this. Inflammation, infection, surgery, or injury can cause bands of scar-like tissue to form between the surfaces of these organs and tissues, causing them to stick together and prevent this natural movement. Adhesions can occur almost …

There are no comments, click here be the first one!

No Grief So Profound: Sermon for Pentecost 3, Proper 5C (5 June 2016)

http://thefunstons.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/raisingthewidowsson-715x1024.jpg

Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston on the Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 5, 2016, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Proper 5C of the Revised Common Lectionary: 1 Kings 17:17-24; Psalm 30; Galatians 1:11-24; and St. Luke 7:11-17. These lessons may be found at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== I am convinced that there is no grief quite …

 

Sincerely Held Religious Belief: A Sonnet (27 May 2016)

http://thefunstons.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/thomas-finger-detail.jpg

Follow @FatherEricF Sincerely Held Religious Belief “But what is truth?” the Roman prefect sighed; and was not answered by sincerity. The heartfelt falsehood is still just a lie, while truth invites to uncertainty. A sincerely held religious belief – a rattle portending the viper’s strike – not pearl of wisdom but weapon of grief; sincerity leavens not truth from spite. Belief is neither weapon nor shield; the truth will set you free, but lies control. And venomous “truths” to which …

 

Good With Death: A Pastor’s Lament ~ A Poem (23 May 2016)

http://thefunstons.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/coffin.png

Follow @FatherEricF Good With Death: A Pastor’s Lament They say I’m good with death; I do death well, they say. “That was lovely,” they murmur as they go. At the reception, I sip my wine (No, I don’t! I guzzle it. I sneak to a corner and scarf it down, then another glass, an anesthetic because despite their words, I’m not good with death. Don’t tell me I’m good with death! I don’t want to be good with death! I …

 

Maple Leaf Colors – A Poem (23 May 2016)

http://thefunstons.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/maple4-1024x683.jpg

Follow @FatherEricF Maple Leaf Colors And so I wandered through the day picking bits of plans strewn across the floor Sunlight filtered maple leaf colors illumined forgotten schemes again The cat looks up lazy amber eyes questioning what did you expect? they ask – C Eric Funston (23 May 2016) Image borrowed from the internet; no apparent copyright.

 

A Wedding Homily – Sunday, 15 May 2016

http://thefunstons.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/marriagestole.jpg

Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A homily offered by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston at the Blessing of the Civil Marriage of Christopher William White and Robert William Powell, May 15, 2016, to the people assembled at First Congregational Church, 91 South Main Street, Sunderland, MA. (The lessons for the service were: the poem who are you, little i by e.e. cummings; an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams; and a portion of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1–10, NRSV). These …

 

Wear Orange Sunday, June 5, 2016

http://thefunstons.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/WearOrangeClergy-1024x683.jpg

Follow @FatherEricF I just banged out this little “press release” for use by Everytown for Gun Safety and others. Thanks to the Rev. Rosalind Hughes for picking up on my off-the-cuff remark about Gun Violence Awareness Day, goading me into making this happen, and doing the sewing so there are orange stoles to wear on what will now be Wear Orange Sunday, June 5, 2016. Thanks, too, to my colleagues who agreed to join me in wearing orange and to …