Princeton University Religious Life

In the Hand of God

In the Hand of God

            It is All Saints Day, so let’s reflect together upon the saints, upon sainthood, for those officially recognized as saints, those who could or should be, those humble folks we’ve known who never will be thus recognized, and let’s even reflect upon ourselves!

All We Do Not Know

All We Do Not Know

I must begin this sermon with a spoiler alert.  If any of you are accompanying young (or not so young!) people to whose house the tooth fairy still visits, you may want to distract those persons for the next 30 seconds.

Crowned with Glory and Honor

Crowned with Glory and Honor

There are, as you may know, two very different accounts of creation in the opening chapters of Genesis.  The first is the beautiful, liturgical language that we know so well of the six days, or stages, of creation: “and there was evening and there was morning, the third day.” In that version of creation human beings are created in one act, in the image of God, “male and female” says the text.  A second account of creation begins in the middle of the fourth verse of chapter 2.  In it, there is one day in which God creates, including a human being that is, according to the o

First in Caring

First in Caring

We are in our second week of lectionary readings from the Letter of James.  This is a letter, as you may know, that was dismissed with insults by Martin Luther, who saw it as proclaiming that good works are salvific, when Mr.

Integrity of Word and Deed

Integrity of Word and Deed

When I was a freshman in college my mother gave me a poetry textbook that she had had in college, and I’ve enjoyed it constantly since.  One of the poems I first cottoned on to is by Carl Sandburg, and it reads:

“Look out how you use proud words.

When you let proud words go, it is not easy to call them back.

They wear long boots, hard hats; they walk off proud; they can’t hear you calling –

Look out how you use proud words.”