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, Mar 1, 2015

On this second Sunday in Lent, we proceed deeper and deeper into God, into Christ, and perhaps most challengingly - into ourselves.  We examine ourselves - our sinfulness, pride, our integrity and honor - and we strive to align all that is within ourselves, the worthy and the wrong, with the teachings and ethics of Christ.  It is hard work - we...

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015

Good afternoon.

Dean Boden and President Eisgruber, thank you for your welcome to my husband Home and myself.

This year I celebrate my 25th reunion, and I want to thank the University for keeping Princeton in this state of timeless beauty for alumni. Although Whitman College was completed eight years ago, it looks so familiar I...

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015

Are you a person who has had a religious experience?  Have you, perhaps, seen an angel, heard the voice of God or Christ, woken in the night certain that the Holy Spirit was hovering, lovingly, next to your bed?  Have you had some kind of experience that, it is clear to you, was a holy sign?  Was it something you saw, or that was said to you? ...

Sunday, Feb 8, 2015

Do you talk to different people about the same thing in different ways?  I do.  To a colleague who has asked my opinion on something, I might say, “The resources and potential of both budget and audience mean that your programmatic idea is probably untenable.”   To a child who is trying to wrap a present with a too-small piece of paper (this...

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014

J. Robert Oppenheimer once said, “The best way to send an idea is to wrap it up in a person.”  I don’t know if that theoretical physicist, leader of the Manhattan Project and, later, director of our Institute for Advanced Study would ever dream that words of his would headline a Christmas Eve sermon, but there you go!  I don’t know what he was...

Sunday, Dec 14, 2014

Almost 3,000 years ago, a bedraggled group of refugees returned to their war-torn home. Today, millions wish that they could have that good luck - that they could go home even to rubble, to ruins - that they could simply go home to what remains of neighborhoods in Syria, Israel, and Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Rakhine state in Burma, Tibet,...

Sunday, Nov 30, 2014

Perhaps you remember the old, joke bumper sticker: “Jesus is coming—look busy!” It was a snarky retort to another, very serious bumper sticker about Christ’s imminent return. On this first Sunday of Advent, I would like both to commend, and amend, the jokey message: “Jesus is coming: get busy!” Don’t look busy—Jesus isn’t some distracted boss...

Sunday, Nov 16, 2014

            This last week saw the death of John Doar, a member of the great Princeton class of 1944.  He was, as you may know, an attorney from Wisconsin who became the chief lawyer for the Justice Department’s civil rights division.  He rode with the Freedom Riders in 1961.  He escorted James Meredith as Meredith integrated the University of...

Sunday, Oct 19, 2014

           A few years ago, a student group here at Princeton came to me to seek co-sponsorship for a program they were organizing on campus.  It was a speaker whose topic would be hurtful to many students, reifying their oppression, and the prejudice and misunderstanding that they face on campus (particularly from this student group) and in...

Sunday, Oct 12, 2014

            We’ve all had it happen to us - someone tells us they’re going to do something, and then they don’t.  We tell the kids to clean their room; they say they will, and it doesn’t happen.  We ask a colleague if they want to help produce a project; they say yes, but never lift a finger to do any work on it.  We can reach an agreement...

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