Ronald Steed

Homelessness and the Rock from which we were Hewn....

Sermon for Sunday, August 25, 2017 (Proper 16) St. James Episcopal Church, Poquetanuck, CT Before I knew that I was coming here to St. James, Fr. Ron asked if I would be willing to talk to you about homelessness since I serve on the Board of th...

Murmuration of the Heart...

Mystic Micro-Gospels; small spiritual stories in and around my neighborhood in Southeast CT As I finish a tidy story about pervasive self-criticism, the Chaplain’s energy seems to sink deeper into the chair. She tilts her head a little to the s...

Being with...

Mystic Micro-Gospels; small spiritual stories in and around my neighborhood in Southeast CT I carry my cup of shelter-coffee from the counter to the table and sit down with two men. "Hello" I say "How's it going?" A short response; then silenc...

Serendipity...

Mystic Micro-Gospels; small spiritual stories in and around my neighborhood in Southeast CT On my daily walk, I catch up on an old friend and neighbor… I slow the pace and say hello… our conversation begins where it left off a few months ago. T...

Breaking Bad in Southeast Connecticut...

Sermon for Sunday, July 30, 2017 (Proper 12) St. James Episcopal Church, Poquetanuck, CT I've been binge watching the Netflix show Breaking Bad over the last three weeks. It's really compelling drama about a brilliant and egotistical High Sc...

The Kingdom of God runs on Dunkin Donuts....

Sermon for Sunday, April 30, 2017 (3 Easter) St. James Episcopal Church, Poquetanuck, CT Nobody. Nobody follows a dead Messiah… and that’s just a fact. Jesus was not only one who claimed to be Israel’s Messiah. There were at least a dozen o...

Walking the Labyrinth...

Mystic Micro-Gospels; small spiritual stories in and around my neighborhood in Southeast CT I walked a labyrinth during a Lenten retreat. Christian designs matured during the Middle Ages based on Roman labyrinths, and are sometimes found on the...

What Deacons do... What can we do together?

What gifts we lack will be found in their fullness when we come together with others outside our Parish who turn out to have the gifts we need. And those gifts are often found in the most surprising places… we find Jesus in the face of the most un...

Heaven and Earth Fit Together and Intersect...

Sermon for Sunday, January 8, 2017 (1 Epiphany) St. David’s Episcopal Church, Gales Ferry, CT (missed due to weather) Today’s gospel reading about John’s Baptism of Jesus is short and tidy, but there is a lot to unpack in this milestone event...

Inviting oneself to dinner with enemies....

Sermon for Sunday, October 30, 2016 (24 Pentecost Proper 26) St. David’s Episcopal Church, Gales Ferry, CT Half of Luke’s Gospel is about Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem at the end of his ministry. We’ve been travelling along The Way with him al...

Our Parish is Tied to Our Neighbors....

Sermon for Sunday, October 16, 2016 (22 Pentecost Proper 24) St. James Episcopal Church, New London, CT Luke’s parable today is one of the stories Jesus told his disciples on the road to Jerusalem. Right away there is something interesting. ...

Crossing Chasms...

Sermon for Sunday, September 26, 2016 (19 Pentecost, Proper 21) St. David’s Episcopal Church, Gales Ferry, CT My Retirement Ceremony from the Navy was in 2007, the week after this lesson about the Rich Man and Lazarus was the Sunday Gospel. Th...

Who are our Enemies?

Sermon for Sunday, May 29, 2016 (2 Pentecost Proper 4) St. David’s Episcopal Church, Gales Ferry, CT Put away from us, we entreat you Lord, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us. I had a lot of memorable pati...

Putting Your Fingers in the Wounds of Christ...

Sermon for Sunday, April 3, 2016 (2 Easter) St. David’s Episcopal Church, Gales Ferry, CT The Lord is my strength and my song, * and he has become my salvation. I have a good friend named Barbara who lives not far from here. Barbara is an E...

Hens & Chicks….

Sermon for Sunday, February 21, 2016 (2 Lent) St. David’s Episcopal Church, Gales Ferry, CT You speak in my heart and say, "Seek my face." *Your face, Lord, will I seek. The Rev’d Samuel Wells, one of my favorite writers, says that Christian...

Settling Refugees in Southeast Connecticut...

Last week, I attended a presentation at the Rotary Club of New London on Refugees by Chris George, the Executive Director of Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services (IRIS), based in New Haven, CT. I learned a lot. First, the term “refugee...

We go wherever the pain is...

One of the things I struggle with constantly is the place where my faith intersects with my work. In the last few years, I have studied the work of Walter Wink pretty intently. Mr. Wink devoted his life to the understanding of Power and authored...

"Resilience" - Faith Communities Need This Too!

"The old argument that liberal churches are in decline and conservative ones are growing is not true. The denominations that once seemed impervious to decline are beginning to look like most other American religious groups. Everyone is in the same...

Sunflower Field at Buttonwood Farm

For the Harvest Most gracious God, by whose knowledge the depths are broken up and the clouds drop down the dew: We yield you hearty thanks and praise for the return of seedtime and harvest, for the increase of the ground and the gathering in of i...