Sermon Archive

We invite you to reflect upon these sermons, offered at the Sunday morning service at the Princeton University Chapel.

We hope that you find them to be a resource to you in your own spiritual journey.

Sermons

Sunday, Sep 4, 2016

            Happy New Year!  New academic year, that is.  Welcome back to this service of worship to all who are returning; welcome for starters to all who are here for the first time – students and community members.  I don’t know about you, but I still experience the fall return to school – whatever grade or level of school – as a new...

Sunday, May 1, 2016

            In 2006 I organized a trip to Tibet for students, staff, and faculty at the university I was then serving in Chicago.  We were there to learn about religion, human rights, and social change, and were hosted by a wonderful tour company that was owned and operated by Tibetans.  One day we visited the marvelous monastery called Drepung...

Sunday, Apr 17, 2016

            “All will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well.”  So wrote the mystic Julian of Norwich; she was the head of an order of nuns in England some 8 centuries ago.  “All will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well.”  Her words capture beautifully the spirit of both of our...

Sunday, Mar 27, 2016

            The heartbreaking thing is that the week we’ve just been through is really so ordinary.  People were blown up as they checked in at their airline or as they took the subway to school.  An army raided a town and took more girls as sex slaves.  A family watched their beloved child waste away and die because...

Sunday, Mar 13, 2016

Some years ago a student came to speak to me about many things.  He was a Christian, very devout.  Our conversation turned to the suffering of so many people across this country and around the world who live in poverty.  We spoke about what our faith means in terms of our commitment to those who are poor.  We talked about what comprises a life...

Sunday, Feb 21, 2016

Human communities are complicated.  Christian communities are complicated.  Academic communities are complicated.  Paul the Apostle was writing to a very complicated community of new Christians in Philippi.  Some were interpreting the radical freedom they had in Christ as giving them complete license to eat, drink, have intimate relationships,...

Sunday, Feb 7, 2016

            Today is the last Sunday before the beginning of Lent—Ash Wednesday is this coming Wednesday (unbelievably!)—and so, as every year, the Biblical texts that we are encouraged to consider are those of Moses’ shining face after his interview with God and the shining splendor of Christ as he is transfigured before three disciples on a...

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016

            Five years ago, when my husband moved to serving a church in Philadelphia, he enjoyed getting to know the other clergy in the neighborhood.  One particularly fine colleague was the pastor of the Mennonite church in the area, and recognizing the breadth of the Mennonite tradition my husband asked her, “So, what kind of Mennonite are...

Sunday, Jan 10, 2016

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? I have, and in an act of total cowardice I’m not going to tell you what they are unless and until they eventually become demonstrably successful.  I must say, though, that I was prompted, in writing this sermon, to think more expansively about New Year’s resolutions - to take them beyond the health/...

Sunday, Dec 13, 2015

           It has been four Sundays since I’ve been in this pulpit, as we’ve enjoyed the Gospel preachments of fellow staff and a guest.  On Princeton’s campus, a lot has happened since then.  As you may well know, a group of students held a sit-in in the University president’s office.  They, and their supportive friends elsewhere in Nassau...

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