We Are The Hope Of Advent (A Homily)

This homily was given at the Maryland Air Force National Guard Prayer Breakfast on December 6, 2015.For those of you who have roots within the Christian tradition, you know that we have entered into a time of year known as “Advent”, the season in the Christian Church Calendar that culminates in the Feast of Christmastide, or Christmas as most of us have come to know it.Advent is a season of waiting, a season of expectation, where we, with great longing, await the day of deliverance, the d … [Read more...]

The Flow of Love

Each Sunday, I take time to reflect on a sacred text, usually from the Revised Common Lectionary, in order to recalibrate, challenge, and fuel us to continue on this rough and rocky journey of faith. Today's reading comes from Mark 12:28-34: One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lor … [Read more...]

Women of Wisdom : Conversations with Iyanla Vanzant, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Marianne Williamson

For centuries, many of the worlds religious traditions have sought to silence the voices of women, insisting that their place is domestic and not in the public sphere, teaching, leading, and shaping culture. Yet in the midst of these oppressive institutions, women have been resilient, working hard to find ways to subvert societal norms and assert themselves as leaders, visionaries, and creatives, shaping our world in monumental ways. While much of this oppression still remains in cultures and … [Read more...]

Why Your Church Should NOT Celebrate Independence Day

I love America.I really do. I am proud to live in the “land of the free and the home of the brave”. I have been to a number of other countries and in my humble opinion, none compare to the United States of America. I also see no problem with being a Christian and having a healthy sense of national pride.But there is a big problem when the two get intertwined.As Christians, we believe that we live in two overlapping realities at once- the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Man. Our aim … [Read more...]

A Witness to Equality: My Remarks At Washington National Cathedral

The following speech was delivered by Brandan Robertson at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. on June 30th, 2015 as part of the Service Honoring the Road to Equality.This evening, we gather here in this sacred space to give thanks to God for the dawning of a new day in our nation.A day that many in this room, if asked just a few years ago, never believed that they would have lived to see.Tonight, we gather here to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling that affirms the f … [Read more...]

A Prayer for Charleston

O God, great is the misery that has come upon our nation and the world; Our cares overwhelm us, and we do not know what to do. O God, be gracious to us and help us. Grant us strength to bear what is taking place in the world and in our land this day, and let not fear rule over us. And God, we pray for the eyes to see the seeds of racism and discrimination in our own hearts. God forgive us for participating in and perpetuating a system that continues to oppress your precious children of … [Read more...]