Theology on the Ground

Blog of the Rev. Janine Schenone

Repairing the Breach and Restoring the Streets

  [Sermon delivered at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, San Diego, on 2/5/2017] My sisters and brothers in Christ, Our country is deeply divided. Americans either love or HATE the movie … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

When Imperfection Is Perfect

I recently returned from my uncle’s funeral, at which his longtime companion Betsy said to me, “Sometimes I read your blog.” “Wow,” I said. “I haven’t written there for a … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

The God of Slow Time

In January, I was the recipient of a great privilege: over three weeks of vacation and rest between my previous post at All Saints Church and my new post as rector … Continue reading

April 7, 2016 · 3 Comments

Run for the Border

[This sermon was preached at All Saints Church in Pasadena, CA on my final Sunday there on January 3, 2016 before I leave to assume my duties as Rector of … Continue reading

January 4, 2016 · 3 Comments

Pregnant with Transition

In our Gospel reading for December 20 (Luke 1:39-55), we hear of the meeting of two pregnant women, Mary and her relative Elizabeth. Pregnant women often compare notes, to find … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Learning to Walk in the Dark

Recently, I have been thinking about being in the dark, both the literal darkness of short days and the figurative darkness of uncertainty and worry. That’s because I just read … Continue reading

December 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Give it up for God

[This sermon was preached on Oct. 11, 2015, at All Saints Church in Pasadena, CA] To listen to the sermon on giving up the nonessential in our lives for God, … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Why I Opposed a Commemoration of Franciscan Friar Junipero Serra

As Pope Francis prepares to canonize the Franciscan Friar Junipero Serra, some are protesting and some are celebrating the “first Hispanic saint” of the U.S. As a graduate of Junipero … Continue reading

September 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Christians without Borders

Between the worldwide refugee crisis and the discussion of U.S. immigration in our presidential debates, we are faced with the question of how we respond to those who cross the borders … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · 4 Comments

Drinking Our Fill of the Spirit [Text and Video]

“What Jesus means is that to truly have life, we must drink deeply of the life of the Spirit. This means entering fully into the Passion of Life, the struggle for liberation and salvation. Otherwise, this becomes a highly stylized ritual with no real meaning—people drinking from golden goblets in palaces, secure in their privilege.”

August 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Colmándonos de Dios

Cuando yo era niña, a veces mi familia íbamos a la casa de mi abuela en San Francisco. Cuando llegábamos, típicamente mi abuela era en la cocina, preparando una cena … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

To follow you must lead; to lead you must follow (sermon video)

[Preached at All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA, May 17, 2015) Readings: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 John 17: 6-19 Click here to watch this sermon.

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Empire of Truth (sermon video)

[Preached at All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA on Good Friday, 2015] Reading: John 18:28-19:8 Click here to watch this sermon, one of five preached by our clergy staff on Good … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Amistad como la mejor forma de amor

Hoy es el Día de la Madre. Ayer, yo regresé a California después dos semanas a una escuela de idiomas en Costa Rica–justo a tiempo para este día. Hice este … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment