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About fatherjeremy

I am a priest in the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Oregon. I am currently the rector of Christ Church, Lake Oswego, OR

The Priest and the AR-15

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the … Continue reading

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Confession

I have a confession to make; When I was in college in Alabama, I worked in politics and helped Spencer Bachus, a Republican, get elected to his first term in the 6th Congressional District in Alabama. He served 22 years … Continue reading

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Give Yourself- A Sermon for Thanksgiving

Several years ago I rented a movie called “Pieces of April” and I re-watched it recently as it is one of my favorite holiday movies. The movie is about a young woman name April, played by a young Katie Holmes, … Continue reading

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Sometimes Things Suck

I wish that this was not so hard. 14 years after September 11th and this has been one of the hardest anniversaries. I have no idea why. There are probably a million theories as to why grief and trauma sneak … Continue reading

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A Letter to my Namibian Friends as you prepare to Elect a Bishop

This post is specifically for my friends and colleagues in the Anglican Diocese of Namibia as they prepare to elect their next Bishop. The election is tomorrow July 30, 2015. If you read this please take a moment to pray … Continue reading

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What Not to Say on Easter

As I sit and try and write sermons for Holy Week and Easter my thoughts turn to all the people who will be in church on Easter Sunday. Attendance is usually double most other Sundays of the year and in … Continue reading

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I’m Telling You Less than Half the Story

I’m Telling You Less than Half the Story.

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40 Stories- Machine Gun

The first time anyone ever pointed a machine gun at me, I was in the West Bank, on my way to a small village called Dar Sala.  A group of us were visiting Israel and Palestine and this particular day … Continue reading

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40 Stories- Whiteness

I was in 3rd grade the first time I came face to face with being white. It was on the playground of Fairview Elementary School on the west side of Birmingham, Alabama.  Through some set of circumstances I found myself … Continue reading

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40 Stories- Ordination Day

On the day I was ordained a priest I was running late. I needed to get to the Cathedral in downtown Birmingham and I was leaving my parent’s house at rush hour. My parents only live 10 minutes from downtown … Continue reading

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