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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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Wear Orange Sunday, June 5, 2016

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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 …

 

“In Order That” – Sermon for Easter 5C – April 24, 2016

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston on the Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 24, 2016, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6; and St. John 13:31-35. These lessons may be found at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== Dr. Robert Waldinger is the current director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development which is something …

 

Stairway to Heaven – Sermon for Easter 4C – April 17, 2016

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 17, 2016, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Acts 9:36-43, Psalm 23, Revelation 7:9-17, and St. John 10:22-30. These lessons may be found at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== There’s a lady who’s sure All that glitters is gold And she’s buying a stairway to heaven …

 

Between Two Fires – Sermon for the 3rd Sunday of Easter – 10 April 2016

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston on the Third Sunday of Easter, April 10, 2016, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Acts 9:1-20, Psalm 30, Revelation 5:11-14, and St. John 21:1-19. These lessons may be found at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== In Jerusalem, just outside the walled Old City to the south is a church built on the …

 

God Is the Question – Sermon for Easter 2, Year C (3 April 2016)

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston on the Second Sunday of Easter, April 3, 2016, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 150; Revelation 1:4-8; and St. John 20:19-31. These lessons may be found at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== Every year on the Second Sunday of the Easter season, we read the story from John’s Gospel …

 

Meeting the Author – Sermon for Easter Morning (RCL Year C), 27 March 2016

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston on Resurrection Sunday, March 27, 2016, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm 118:1-2,14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; and St. Luke 24:1-12. These lessons may be found at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== Litigation attorneys and fishermen have something in common… We like to tell stories. Fishermen tell about “the one that …