Former Harvard Minister Peter Gomes has passed away, aged just 68. A thundering voice for tolerance and thoughtfulness, his books and sermons will be greatly missed. A New York Times obituary discusses parts of his career, but somehow doesn't capture his sense of humour. I remember sitting in his Easter Sermon (2003, I think), when he said:
Ladies and gentlemen, I have some good news and some bad news.
The good news is that this church has all the money it needs to do its good works throughout the community - to look after the vulnerable, and to strengthen our congregation.
The bad news is that most of that money currently resides in your pockets.
The collection plates will now circulate.
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