Year: 2003

Homily for Steve and Polly’s Wedding

Homily for Polly and Steve’s Wedding St. John’s Episcopal Church Saturday, October 11, 2003 Jackson Hole, Wyoming   I cannot think of a greater honor and responsibility than to be invited to speak a word to my friends this afternoon.  For all of us this is a day to which we have been looking forward for years.  Two people with such grace, wit, talent, generosity and love of life being called toget ...[Read More]

Opening Talk – The Gathering 2003

As I’ve thought and prayed about what to say to you tonight as we begin, I’ve chosen a short passage from Philippians.  It seems most appropriate because it is Paul’s letter to the church with which he has had a long and deep relationship.  Some have even described it as the church he loved the most.  It was certainly one of the most diverse – an accomplished businesswoman, a redeemed fortune tell ...[Read More]

Eulogy For Bill Stagg

Memorial Service for Bill Stagg Saturday, July 19, 2003 Carmel Presbyterian Church Charlotte, North Carolina Bill Stagg and I started badly. I heard about Bill before I met him…but just ten seconds before.  It was 1978 and I was a 31 year old novice Dean of Students at Charlotte Christian School.  I was confident, inexperienced and a danger to myself and others.  But worse than that, far worse tha ...[Read More]

Why Should A Secular Foundation Give To Faith-Based Organizations?

Regional Association of Grantmakers Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania March 31, 2003 Duquesne Club   “Why should a foundation make grants to faith-based organizations?” All of us make purchase choices and decisions on criteria that are not always objective. . Where I come from it is fairly normal behavior to show a preference for doing business with people you know and oftentimes whose values you share. We ...[Read More]