Proper 15, Year C, St. James’ Church, Sewanee, August 14, 2022

August 16, 2022

“I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Lk. 12:49). When you’re in a crisis situation, your adrenaline is flowing. There are decisions to be made, often very quickly. We […]

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Proper 9, Year C, Grace Chapel, Rossview, July 3, 2022

July 04, 2022

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). At the end of the Letter to the Galatians, from which we’ve been reading the past few weeks, St. Paul gives […]

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Proper 8, Year C, Church of the Redeemer, Shelbyville, June 26, 2022

June 28, 2022

“For freedom Christ has set us free” (Gal. 5:1). The early Christians put a high value on the celebration of baptism. St. Paul thought of baptism as a life and death experience: “Do you not know that all […]

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Fiftieth Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood, Jacoba Hurst, June 22, 2022, St. Luke’s Church, Springfield

“Here am I; send me!” (Is. 6:8). “Church” is a word that means “gathering” or “assembly,” which points to the church’s origin as a “coming together” of the faithful. There is centripetal force in the word “church”: a […]

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Statement of the Rt Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee, on the recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson:

June 24, 2022

Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee, and of the Episcopal Church as a whole, have varied convictions about abortion, and the right of access to abortion. The Episcopal Church has a nuanced position, articulated through its General […]

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Proper 7, Year C, St. Paul’s Church, Murfreesboro, June 19, 2022

June 19, 2022

“As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Gal. 3:27). Martin Luther is supposed to have said that when Christians get up in the morning, they should wash their faces… and remember […]

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Bishop’s Message to the Diocese on Alabama Shooting

June 17, 2022

We grieve with our fellow members of Christ in the Diocese of Alabama, following the deadly shooting last evening at St. Stephen’s Church in Vestavia Hills. The Church is the Body of Christ, joined by deep ties of […]

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Trinity Sunday, Year C, Trinity Parish, Clarksville

June 12, 2022

“Endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us” (Rom. 5:3-4). The philosopher Aristotle wrote, “Hope is the dream of a waking man,” which captures a fundamental aspect of the virtue of hope. Hope […]

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The Feast of Pentecost, Year C, St. Peter’s Church, Columbia, at St. John’s, Ashwood, Annual Whitsunday Pilgrimage

June 05, 2022

“You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; * and so you renew the face of the earth” (Ps. 104:31). Our psalm this morning gives us another account of the creation of the world: in keeping with […]

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The Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year C, Parish of St. Mark’s and St. Paul’s, Sewanee

May 29, 2022

“I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them” (Jo. 17:26). Our Gospel today hinges on […]

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The Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C, Church of the Resurrection, Franklin

May 22, 2022

“Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” (Jo. 14:27). In our Gospel today, Jesus is talking about the heart: not just as the seat of the will, the metaphorical place where […]

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The Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C, St. George’s Church, Nashville

May 15, 2022

“Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (Jo. 13:34). Pundits and pollsters tell us that the partisan divide in our country is as bad as it’s ever been. Not only are we divided, […]

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The Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C, Church of the Good Shepherd, Brentwood

May 08, 2022

“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” (Ps. 23:4). I’ve always thought of the valley of the shadow of death as a metaphor, not an actual place; but apparently […]

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Renewal of Ordination Vows & Consecration of Chrism, Monday in Holy Week, Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville

April 11, 2022

“They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory” (Is. 61:3). I’ve lived a fair portion of my life in Florida and south Louisiana, not far from the Gulf of Mexico, […]

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Palm Sunday, Year C, St. Bede’s Church, Manchester

April 10, 2022

“And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts” (Lk. 23:48). Our Gospel describes Jesus’ execution as a “spectacle”: an event held for public […]

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Clergy Colloquium 2022

April 06, 2022

All clergy are invited to join Bishop Bauerschmidt from Tuesday afternoon, May 10th, through Thursday mid-day, May 13th, in Eastertide, for the eleventh Annual Clergy Colloquium in the Diocese of Tennessee.  The Colloquium will be held at the […]

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