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Bishop Marc Andrus
The Episcopal Diocese of California
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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
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
Certainly the world had neither forgotten nor recovered from the shock and horror of the Boko Haram kidnappings and murders in Nigeria, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) acts of terrorism in the Middle East when the violent murders at Charlie Hebdo in Paris horrified millions around... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Bishop Marc
Convention Address, 2014 Marc Andrus “…So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation….” I bring this quote... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Bishop Marc
Invocation for the Conclusion of the People of Faith Service People’s Climate March Sunday, September 21, 2014 New York City “Who calls the clouds of Monarch Butterflies to their annual 4,000-mile migration?” “The Earth!” “Who prompts the Arctic Tern in the air, and the Blue Whale in the Ocean to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Bishop Marc
Darren Main, who teaches Yoga on the Labyrinth at Grace Cathedral, recently interviewed me for his podcast. Please give it a listen. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Bishop Marc
Let us pray for the people of Ferguson, Missouri, especially for those who knew and loved Michael Brown. Let us not pray at a distance, though, and let us not stop praying as soon as the violence is stilled, for behind and below the violence is never-going-away inequality for black... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Bishop Marc
Dear People of God in the Diocese of California, I write you an Easter message this year on Holy Saturday, the moment we stop and pause, feel the losses in our own lives, in the lives of those we love, and the losses in the world. The picture on the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2014 at Bishop Marc
The Archbishop of Canterbury has made public statements that reveal at best a lamentable naiveté and at worst both homophobia and colonial thinking. Archbishop Justin Welby has claimed that the Church of England — if it marries gay and lesbian people in England — is responsible for the deaths of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Bishop Marc
In the extraordinary series of text-less paintings of Old and New Testament stories that form a part of the St. Alban’s Psalter, there is one scene, and one only that is not from the Bible. In the midst of the Visit of the Magi, the Last Supper, the Death of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at Bishop Marc
Liturgy is more than “the work of the people.” Rather than being primarily our action, liturgy can be a structure that expresses the limits of what we understand about God, into which we pray that God will send the divine energies to take us beyond the structures of liturgy, beyond... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Bishop Marc
This compact picture of the Last Supper is filled with a powerful view of God’s love for the Cosmos in Jesus Christ. On the left-hand side of the picture we see the Beloved Disciple, leaning against Jesus, listening to the very heartbeat of Jesus’ life. At the same time, Jesus... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Bishop Marc
The curatorial notes on the St. Alban’s Psalter illumination, The Harrowing of Hell, point out that the image of the demon in the lower right corner of the picture, just inside the gaping jaws of Hell, has been rubbed out by a reader of the Psalter in earlier centuries. There... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Bishop Marc
The Province 8 House of Bishops had a rare opportunity to view the St. Alban’s Psalter at the Getty Library yesterday (January 9). The Psalter is a superb and unique work of medieval art and devotion. It was produced in England in the years following the Norman Conquest. The Psalter... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at Bishop Marc
Why don't you think of him as the one who is coming, who has been approaching from all eternity, the one who will someday arrive, the ultimate fruit of a tree whose leaves we are? What keeps you from projecting his birth into the ages that are coming into existence,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Bishop Marc
Yesterday I learned that the icons of Mary Magdalene and John Donne in Grace Cathedral had been vandalized, probably beyond repair. It seems that the desecrator was pointed out, a “tall, tattooed man” who had been hanging around the cathedral for some days. He was seen destroying the icons, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at Bishop Marc
Early on Thanksgiving morning I joined friends a few miles from the Bishop’s Ranch for an annual dance and singing at Ya-Ka-Ama (Our Land). The dancing and singing takes place in the center of a pow-wow ground, a double circle pole construction with a wide empty center. The pole structure... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at Bishop Marc
By the good graces of the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi and her local chief of staff, Dan Bernal, Sheila and I were able to be at the Betty Ong Community Center in San Francisco yesterday to hear President Barack Obama speak on immigration reform legislation... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Bishop Marc
Good afternoon. I am Marc Andrus, Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of California, and I welcome you to this press conference with faith leaders in San Francisco. We gather here on Nob Hill today, at Grace Cathedral, in support of the Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Prop 8. We... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at Bishop Marc
It was a moment of elation and satisfaction, and immediate collective commitment to continue the struggle in City Hall in San Francisco at 7 this morning. So many people present in our beautiful city hall had devoted themselves to achieving marriage equality, and specifically to overturning DOMA and Prop 8.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at Bishop Marc
Most loving God, source of life and sustainer of Creation, in the light of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, we pray for the will to bear always in mind the future of our planet, of the human children of tomorrow, and the many imperiled species and ecosystems of the future... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at Bishop Marc
Vampires, werewolves, and zombies have us in their grips. The reason for their resonance and power is spiritual, and the reasons are different for each mythical being. With World War Z premiering, we have a new spiritual meaning for zombies. A teenaged friend of ours was dating a person in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2013 at Bishop Marc