It is with great pleasure that I welcome back beloved former rector, Charlie Colwell, to preach at the one combined 10am service on St. Barnabas Day this weekend. During his time at St. Barnabas, he founded the Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Understanding, a non-profit group based in Dobbs Ferry, to expose to the general public the commonalities among the three faith traditions through interfaith discussion and the Arts. At a time of great tension in our nation, he felt it was vitally important to embrace and give witness to religious inclusion and acceptance.

Next weekend in Irvington, St. Barnabas will be among the sponsors of the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration of African American Arts and Culture. I am, once again, looking forward to giving witness to the healing spirit of our faith tradition at this life-giving community event.

At this point in the life of our nation, promoting racial inclusion and reconciliation is as vital as the support of religious tolerance for the Muslim community in the fraught years following 9/11.  

Onward in the Spirit,