The Ethics of Ambition

Ambition hangs in the air in Washington, like the late August humidity that came back with a force this week.  This city lives and breathes ambition, which is fitting.  Ambition comes from the same latin root as amble, to walk around.  Ambition originally, literally, referred to someone who walked around asking for your vote.  We … Continue reading The Ethics of Ambition

The Lord’s Prayer: A Sermon for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost

If you were asked to “give a summary of the Christian faith on the back of an envelope, the best thing to do would be to write the Lord’s Prayer:” advice from Rowan Williams, former archbishop of Canterbury.  More than any creed, more than any book of theology, this simple short prayer expresses the fullness … Continue reading The Lord’s Prayer: A Sermon for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost

I am a Voter.

“I am a Voter” was the message on the t-shirts and on the minds of homeless residents of the District of Columbia as they voted early in the 2013 Special Election on Saturday, April 13th.  The homeless residents, and those who live in shelters or permanent supportive housing, are often thought of as “clients,” “guests,” … Continue reading I am a Voter.