Princeton University Religious Life

Sermon Archive

2016-17 Sermons

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.

Sermon
November 27, 2016

Here we are, amazingly to me, on the first Sunday in Advent. It’s a day when our appointed biblical texts call us to wake up – to rouse ourselves from sleep as we prepare for the coming of Christ. We cannot be ready for the Messiah’s birth among us if we are snoozing – literally, intellectually, emotionally, or spiritually. I imagine that most of us consider portions of our lives as having been lived at some time or another on cruise control, auto pilot – whatever we want to call it –...

Sermon
November 6, 2016

          One of the things I most loved when I moved to this area nine years ago was discovering how much colonial history fills our campus and towns.  The aesthetic of colonial era architecture is my absolute favorite.  My late father used to enjoy reminding me that my ancestors fought on both sides of the American War of Independence.  I’ve always been glad that my American forebears prevailed.  The American project of democracy, flawed as it has been and is...

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October 9, 2016

            Welcome to leprosy Sunday here at the Princeton University Chapel, the day once every three years in which the appointed biblical texts give us the opportunity to reflect on Hansen’s disease and be grateful that we don’t have it.   Actually, our texts have so much more in common than skin disease—they do prompt us to consider where healing lies, and what true healing is.  They are stories about outsiders...

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September 25, 2016

            I had the indescribable privilege this past week of journeying to Assisi, home of St.

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September 11, 2016

            A few years ago, I heard a story on the radio while driving about differences between classroom pedagogy in Japan versus the United States.  A classroom recording was played of a Japanese group of 12 or 13 year-olds and their teacher in which one boy was the last in the group to understand the concept being discussed.  Over the audio transcript, an American reporter narrated what was going on – the teacher’s clues and encouragement, the classmates’ enthusiastic encouragement, and...

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September 4, 2016

            Happy New Year!  New academic year, that is.