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Bishop Marc Andrus
The Episcopal Diocese of California
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Yesterday, at Grace Cathedral as we joyfully ordained five priests in the Episcopal Church we also prayed quietly and deeply for those who died late Saturday night in the disastrous Oakland fire. This morning I preached and celebrated the Eucharist with Santiago (St. James’) Episcopal Church, Oakland, the closest Episcopal... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bishop Marc
Ten years ago, very shortly after Sheila and I had moved to California, I was talking with the great theologian, activist and educator Ruby Sales about the second Pilgrimage for Peace and a forum appearance for Ruby at Grace Cathedral. As we talked on the telephone, Ruby in Georgia and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Bishop Marc
Turn the tap in Birmingham, Alabama, where I became a bishop in The Episcopal Church and you get grade-A water. In 2006 I was elected Bishop of the Diocese of California, and we moved from Birmingham to San Francisco. There’s a lot different between these two great American cities, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Bishop Marc
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; … You have heard that it was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Bishop Marc
“I commend the following statement by a member of our diocesan staff, the Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews who has, in my own observation, an abiding commitment to justice related to race and poverty. He has been especially concerned with the institutionalized, legalized violence that pervades our society, embodied in our prison... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Bishop Marc
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#Sacrifice holds the story together in today’s #Gospel – Luke 9:51-62. When I went to my first Opera in the Ballpark in San Francisco the opera being simulcast onto the Jumbotron, flanked by huge stacks of speakers was Lucia di Lammermoor. The inherent over-the-top drama of opera and the intense... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Bishop Marc
It was with great sadness yesterday morning that I learned of the massacre at Pulse night club in Orlando. Omar Mateen, the gunman, took the lives of 49 people and has wounded another 53. He is also dead now. As with attacks in this country in schools and theaters this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Bishop Marc
May 10, 2016 Dear Friends in the Diocese of California, It is with a sense of gratitude and anticipation that I share with you my plans for a sabbatical in 2017. This summer, July 2016, I will finish the coursework for my PhD in Philosophy and Religion at the California... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Bishop Marc
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At the United Nations representing The Episcopal Church and our Presiding Bishop at the signing of the Paris Agreement. As the environmental officer of Morocco said, "The Paris Agreement is the beginning of a new civilization." This new civilization will understand the global commons, a reality that contains climate change.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Bishop Marc
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When we say, “You’re only as healthy as your secrets,” we almost always mean this in a negative way – we’re speaking of destructive secrets, held in the shadows so that we can pretend the reality isn’t there. At the level of society we put young people of color into... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Bishop Marc
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My friend Darren Main, the yogi who leads the phenomenal Yoga on the Labyrinth at Grace Cathedral, sent me this picture post from Facebook and said it was intense. Like Darren, I am grateful for the awareness that led to this post. What I’d like to suggest that the devotion... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2016 at Bishop Marc
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I’m one bishop, one Christian, one person, and I don’t presume to speak for The Episcopal Church I love and serve. I know our Presiding Bishop will make a statement soon about the Primates Meeting in the U.K., and I look forward with eagerness to what I know will be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Bishop Marc
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We entered a room that was carefully constructed to both embue the senses with beauty, but also to impress. It was a reception room in the home of the U.S. Ambassador to France, and not only was the container most impressive, with gilt-painted molding and enormous mirrors, but the people... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Bishop Marc
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Paul Hawken believes the Earth has an immune system in the vast network of community-based organizations. Read about a company that ships chocolate from Dominican Republic to France by clipper ship among other examples of how people are part of the solution to climate change. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at Bishop Marc
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The Episcopal Church offers worship in the Green Zone every day of COP21. A group of us puts up the Eco-Tabernacle and uses chant, silence, the Daily Prayer Cards on Spiritual Sustainability and prayer to bring our faith into this very lively area. Below is the first Sustainability Prayer Card... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2015 at Bishop Marc
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Bishop Marc
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There are many ways we can pray using our whole lives for the welfare of the Earth and all life on the Earth. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Bishop Marc
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Spiritual communities have treasures of spiritual wisdom and practice to contribute to the overall work of confronting the distorted human systems that lead to climate change. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at Bishop Marc
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A prayerful walk around the monument at the Place de République provides a meditation on the relationship of climate change to world societal forces. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Bishop Marc
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Advent 1 envisions the future as a place of hopeful energy for change in the present. This is a timely message for the COP21 conference beginning in Paris. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at Bishop Marc
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For many years I’ve thought about and taught the idea that it was with our space flights beginning in the ‘60s that we were given the gift of seeing the Earth as a whole. This was an idea I first learned from Joseph Campbell, in the multi-part film interviews he... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Bishop Marc
I hear the story of Jesus “cleansing the Temple” very differently AA (After Alabama) than I did BA (Before Alabama). Veteran Civil Rights workers in Alabama taught me that they carefully prepared for non-violent actions. The first big example of this for me was the story of Rosa Parks. Often... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Bishop Marc
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A small shift in practice can cause a seismic-level shift in perception. We in the Diocese of California have been practicing being the Beloved Community – showing forth that reality which God made in Jesus Christ – for years now. A brief look back at something that happened during the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Bishop Marc
At first the use of part of the Abraham and Sarah story from the Hebrew Scriptures, and Paul’s use of that same story in the New Testament seem unrelated to the Gospel – Jesus saying that if you want to follow him you must take up your cross. Why did... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Bishop Marc
Readers of my blog know well how important praying for peace internally and externally is to me. Due to scheduling issues, Grace Cathedral will not be able to host the 5 p.m. interfaith peace service this Sunday, January 25, as I had initially hoped. Although that special service has been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Bishop Marc