Author Archives: The Rev. Edwin Chinery

About The Rev. Edwin Chinery

The Reverend Edwin Chinery was ordained to the priesthood in June 2010. Most recently, Father Chinery served as half-time Priest-in-Charge with St. Mark’s Keansburg in the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. In addition to this work, he also served part-time with Grace Episcopal Church in Plainfield, NJ, the town where he was born and raised. Prior to his seminary studies, Father Chinery had a career as Benefits Administrator for Middlesex County, NJ where he was a volunteer with a variety of social service programs including mental health and chemical dependency, homelessness prevention, and AIDS care and treatment. In the course of this work, Father Chinery is grateful to have held leadership roles in the areas of board governance, program planning and policy development; the related skills both helpful in understanding the nature of public advocacy, as well as being readily transferable to any brand of parish ministry that seeks to blend secular social service with community of faith experience. Father Chinery attended the General Theological Seminary where his studies focused on spirituality, scripture and preaching. In addition to a Masters in Divinity, he graduated with certification as a Spiritual Director.

Sermon – Christmas Day 2016

Lessons You can read the scripture for Christmas 2016 here. Audio One of the divas currently reigning at the Metropolitan Opera is a supremely gifted soprano with an enormous vocal range. Her name is Joyce DiDonato and I was fortunate enough to attend her recital at Carnegie Hall a little over a week ago. The …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – December 4, 2016

Lessons You can read the scripture for December 4, 2016 here. Audio I’m unendingly amazed at the ways in which the Holy Spirit moves in the world. She’s been at it a long, long time. I say “she”, in part, because Judaism has a long history of recognizing “Wisdom” as both feminine and co-eternal with …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – November 20, 2016

What are we celebrating in our observance of the Reign of Christ? The very words suggest magnificence and great power – the grandeur of a king whose rule exceeds all others.

Then why this gospel text?

These last few moments of Jesus’ life seem, at first, to run counter to all we might value in the world, let alone a royal ruling over it all.

To be with Jesus in this moment on the cross – as we celebrate his reign – invites us to consider the ways use of the language of royalty and ruling risks missing the whole point of the gospels, because of the way “king” or “ruler” might connote a fixed sense of order, rather than a dynamic sense of God’s action on earth. [ More → ]

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Sermon – November 6, 2016

Lessons You can read the scripture for November 6, 2016 here. Audio The structure of today’s gospel passage is four blessings contrasted with four woes, all of which serve the purpose of encouraging believers to “look heavenward” during trial and tribulations. What does it mean to look heavenward? And, if we’re able to discern such …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – October 23, 2016

What would it take for me – or for you, for that matter – to find, deep inside, the kind of humility expressed by the tax collector in today’s gospel story? Is some kind of major upset required? Sometimes, if I’ve made a big mistake, I find myself somehow seeing more clearly how much I need God’s grace and forgiveness. Sometimes surviving a trauma, or even a grave disappointment of some kind, can draw us into a state of such vulnerability we cannot help but feel a need, deep in our souls, for mercy from God… [ More → ]

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Sermon – October 9, 2016

Lessons You can read the scripture for October 9, 2016 here. Audio Who among us is actually happy at the thought that we owe everything to God? That we owe not only our lives but our love – our very ability TO love – our love of self and others, our love of anything and …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – September 11, 2016

Lessons You can read the scripture for September 11, 2016 here. Audio You remember the day. It was one of those beautiful September mornings when the sky was like something out of a storybook. I’d gotten to work earlier than usual for some reason and was sitting in my cubicle at the Middlesex County Department …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – August 28, 2016

Lessons You can read the scripture for August 28, 2016 here. Audio “…my people have changed their glory for something that does not profit.” The book of the Prophet Jeremiah has been described using terms such as “soul-searing”, and “conscience challenging”, even as it promises hope to the wounded in body and spirit. Now, historical …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – August 21, 2016

Lessons You can read the scripture for August 21, 2016 here. Audio The world is changing. Don’t watch the news, it seems only to give the bad news. More change is afoot than the news cycle can capture, and we’re part of it. In the sense that we have feelings of a generalized and imminent …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – August 7, 2016

Lessons You can read the scripture for August 7, 2016 here. Audio Text In a recent meeting with my spiritual director I spoke about my ever-evolving spiritual practices. For a couple of years now I’ve been trying to catch myself when my critical nature begins to surface – like when I’m walking to work and …  [ More → ]

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