Eastertide Sermon Series 2021 

Video-recorded Eastertide sermons will be available for each Sunday, April 11-May 16. These sermons are available for anyone to download and insert into a virtual worship service, or share in an online service. Sermons will be available the Thursday before, and can be found hereThe preachers in this series:

April 11: The Rev. Katie Capurso Ernst

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Katie is the co-pastor of Transfiguration, a new mission of the Diocese, creating space for rest and rejuvenation that center the experiences and expression of People of Color and Queer folks. Katie also serves as the co-director of the Mission Institute, a non-profit committed to convening and sending out facilitators who work to liberate communities from white supremacy and racism. They live in North Minneapolis with their spouse and two dogs. 

Find Katie's sermon here.

 

April 18: The Rev. Tom Garrison

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The Rev. Tom Garrison is coordinating priest of the Shared Ministry Team at Saints Martha and Mary Episcopal Church in Eagan. Ordained a priest in 2015, Tom was bivocational until late 2018 when he retired as communications director for the City of Eagan. He most recently served on the Search Committee which helped find Bishop Loya. Tom oversaw the writing of the Prayers of the People for the Electing Convention and previously for ECMN convention in St. Cloud. Tom has been married 41 years to a cradle Episcopalian, Mary, and together they have three adult children and five grandchildren. Tom's father, grandfather and great grandfather were all Methodist ministers. 

Find video of Tom's sermon here. Find a transcript of Tom's sermon here. Tom has also offered a Prayers of the People you and your community may use if you would like. 
 
April 25: The Rev. Leland Grim
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The Reverend Leland H. Grim (77) and his wife Donna Carol Grim have lived on the shores of Jackfish Bay at Rainy Lake, International Falls, Minnesota since 1967. They have two sons.

Deacon Grim served as a vestry member and lay reader at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church from 1967 to 2006. After teaching 35 years, he discerned to become a member of their total ministry team in 2002 and was ordained an Episcopal vocational deacon in 2006. He has enthusiastically and synergistically served with his total ministry team members in the church and all his neighbors in our communities outside the walls of the church.

Find video of Lee's sermon here. Find a transcript of Lee's sermon here.

May 2: The Rev. Kerri Meyer
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The Rev. Kerri Meyer (left) and her spouse, Dr. Jennifer Blecha, are cultivating an agrarian ministry on their organic farm in Hutchinson. The vision of Good Courage Farm called her back home to Minnesota after having been ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of California and serving as Associate Rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Everything that used to be a hobby for her has now become her livelihood, so there's not much she can say about pastimes any more. Kerri has a fondness for animals that are black and white, which almost makes up for nothing else in life being that simple. Hospitality is part of Good Courage's charism, so Kerri and Jen want you to know that everyone reading these words is warmly invited to come out for weekday morning prayer with coffee and pie, a Sunday afternoon nap in a hammock, or a weekend farmstay complete with chores and fresh eggs. 

Find Kerri's sermon here

May 9: The Rev. Brad Hauff
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The Reverend Dr. Bradley S. Hauff is the Indigenous Missioner for the Episcopal Church, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.  He is originally from South Dakota; born in Sioux Falls and raised in Rapid City, and he is enrolled with the Oglala Sioux Tribe (Lakota) of Pine Ridge, as were both of his parents.  He received his Master of Divinity degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he also served on the Board of Trustees.  He received his Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, and worked for a time in the mental health profession, specializing in Native American identity formation and domestic abuse interventions.  He has been an active Episcopal priest for over 30 years and has served congregations in the dioceses of South Dakota, Minnesota, Florida and Pennsylvania.  He has written articles and made numerous presentations around the country on Native American issues.  He also served on the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church (TREC).

Find Brad's sermon here.

May 16: Liza Anderson
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Dr. Liza Anderson is currently an assistant professor of theology at the College of Saint Scholastica, the President of the North American Academy of Ecumenists, and a parishioner at Saint Paul's Church in Duluth. Next year she will be a resident scholar at the Collegeville Institute in Collegeville, MN.

Liza received her BA from Swarthmore College with highest honors, MPhil in ecumenical studies from Trinity College Dublin, MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, and PhD from Yale University. Her work has been supported by Fulbright, Mitchell, and Javits Scholarships, and by fellowships from the Louisville Institute, the Episcopal Church Foundation, the American Academy of Religion, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Liza is currently writing on the experience of abandonment by God in ecumenical Christian spirituality, and on the theology of impeded vocations. Her other research interests include the history of monasticism (particularly Anglican and Lutheran monasticism) and translating Christian texts from Syriac, Arabic, Coptic, Ethiopic, and Armenian. She is also active in Episcopal Church governance, and has served on the Executive Council, the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, and the General Board of Examining Chaplains.

When not busy being a giant church nerd, Liza loves to co-parent the baby goats on her friends' farm and once had a pet lame duck named Mephibosheth.

Find Liza's sermon here