• I tell younger people to create beautiful memories. Sometimes that is all we have in the autumn of our lives — memories. But the best advice ever given to me when old age creeps in is to remain as active as you […]

  • One of the more meaningful services in the Greek Orthodox Church is the Funeral Service, sad but uplifting, filled with hymns and readings that depict real life with all it’s sorrows and joys. Although my funeral […]

  • “There are only two remedies for the suffering soul — hope and patience.”

    — Pythagoras

  • This is another very difficult question especially since it involves third-party participation. It is not only the MLGW and the city officials who have an ethical responsibility … but all of us! And that […]

  • If God can trust us in taking care of His world, certainly we can trust each other. At least, we should. Unfortunately, the media is forced to report all the signs of distress. However, most of God’s people who […]

  • I want to dedicate the following poem – Invictus – written in the last century by William Ernest Henley, to the memory of Nelson Mandela. I think it reflects his struggle and his ultimate victory:

    “Out of the […]

  • When I was a little boy growing up in New Orleans my grandfather, who was not a priest but simply a man of letters, shared with me stories, mostly biblical but also from the Greek classics. I could not wait for […]

  • Every worship service is or should be a Eucharistic one (from the Greek word which means “thank you”) -a thanksgiving service. It certainly is in the Eastern Orthodox Church which names it’s Sunday worship, “A […]

  • I know many God loving people who take humble pride in their gun collection. As for me, in all my 87 years I have never even held a gun, except a BB gun when I was a little boy. Personally, I see no reason to own guns other than for hunting and, of course, for [...]

  • Our Lord claimed, “I am The Alpha and the Omega, The Bread of Life, The Way, The Good Shepherd.” But it was only after He claimed, “I am the Light of the World,” that He pointed to us and said, “And you are the light of the world; let your light so shine…” We are [...]

  • Which Memphis-area house of worship do you find most beautiful, spiritual, sacred? And why? Because stained glass windows have always had a spiritual effect on me, I cast my “vote” for St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral on Poplar where for decades I was honored with an invitation to participate in the annual Feast of Lights service. Someone [...]

  • What should we – individually and collectively – be doing differently about hunger issues in our community? I take this opportunity to commend MIFA for what it has done and is doing. Several years ago when I served on the MIFA Board, I was astounded to slowly learn about all the many other services rendered by [...]

  • If you were addressing the nation on Wednesday, Nov. 7, the DAY AFTER the election, what would you say? What advice would you offer to your fellow Americans about the next four years? Bitter statements and accusations were made between Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams. Sacred scripture tells us that there is nothing new under [...]

  • How do you define dying well? One of the Church’s petitions from St. John Chrysostom’s 4th century Liturgy pleads, “For a Christian end to our lives, peaceful, without shame or suffering, and for a good account before the judgment Seat of Christ…” Oh, that I could to to sleep and wake up in His embrace in that [...]

  • What are your views on the fact that Protestants are no longer the majority religion in the U.S.? Apparently, America is becoming more and more the land it was intended to be — a country of freedom loving people, free to worship as their tradition or choice leads them. I feel that the important thing is [...]

  • What is your favorite verse of holy scripture and why? “Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:6 Years ago, when I was the pastor, each time I preached I probably said, “And this is my favorite verse.” And I meant it. But now, in my retirement years, this verse has become [...]

  • Memphis is the second most generous city in the country, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. According to the publication: “Religion plays a major role in how much money Americans give to charity. The parts of the country that tend to be more religious are also more generous.” Why is this true? [...]

  • What should Memphis City Council do? Are sexual orientation and gender identity an employment issue, a civil rights issue or a faith issue? My concern about including “sexual orientation and gender identity” which touches on homosexuality includes a question: Is homosexuality a matter of choice or is it a matter of genetics? I think the “jury” [...]

  • What is your reaction to the Freedom from Religion Foundation suing the Memphis City Council? Why don’t they – the Freedom From Religion Foundation – begin with the US Senate and House of Representatives who each have a chaplain and begin every session with a prayer? However, in spite of any success the Foundation might have [...]

  • Are you concerned about new voter ID laws? Are we doing enough to prevent fraud and other problems? How can we make voting as accessible as possible while still safeguarding the democratic process? The problem is, I think, not the possibility of any fraud in voting but the fact that so few do vote. I think [...]

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