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The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler is priest-in-charge of Christ Church (Episcopal), Greenwich, CT. He was formerly Director of Mission for the Episcopal Church in New York, NY, and dean and president of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL.

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The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler

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Christ Church Episcopal, Greenwich, CT

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler is priest-in-charge of Christ Church (Episcopal), Greenwich, CT. He was formerly Director of Mission for the Episcopal Church and a member of the Management Team of the Episcopal Church Center, New York City.

He possesses a passion for mission which has been expressed in a variety of settings. He has shaped leaders for mission as the Dean and President of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and as a Senior Consultant for Trustee Leadership Development.

Educated at DePauw University, Oxford University, Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary, and Christian Theological Seminary, Dr. Lemler has served as a consultant and conference leader to numerous congregations, dioceses, and religious and other not-for-profit institutions. He has given leadership in areas of religion and philanthropy as a founding member of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes and a trustee of and consultant to various foundations.

Dr. Lemler possesses a strong commitment to mission in all dimensions of Church life. His congregational leadership included service at both cathedrals of the Indiana Episcopal Dioceses and as Rector of Trinity Church and President of St. Richard's School in Indianapolis. During his 17 years at Trinity and St. Richard's, he was a leader in ecumenical efforts and urban ministry, including several years as President of the Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis and the founder of the Episcopal Metropolitan Council. In 1998 he was named a "Sagamore of the Wabash" by the Governor of Indiana. He also served as a University Chaplain at DePauw University.

Dr. Lemler has written in the areas of mission, leadership, spirituality, stewardship, and congregational life and development. He has served the Episcopal Church as a six-time deputy to the General Convention, co-chair of the Standing Commission on the Church in Metropolitan Areas, chair of the Standing Commission on Domestic Mission and Evangelism, chair of the General Convention Committee on Evangelism, and as a member of the Presiding Bishop's Task Force on Seminaries, the 20/20 Task Force, the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and the Task Force on Ethics and the New Genetics.

He is married to Sharon Lemler, a Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Nursing, and they are the parents of three high school and college age daughters.


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The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler

Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah... Love

Matthew 28:16-20

Trinity Sunday - Year A

May 18, 2008

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

So...here's a question for you, a deeply personal question. Can you think of a time when you really experienced love, when you really experienced being loved? Yes, it's a probing and personal question, but it's not one I dreamed up on my on. Rather, it was a question at the basis of a book that one of our best American theologians put together a few years ago. Diogenes Allen asked people far and wide about their experience of being loved and then wrote a marvelous book simply and accurately titled "Love."

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The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11

Day of Pentecost - Year A

May 11, 2008

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

"Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines."

No, you haven't tuned into the wrong station. This is not the radio broadcast of the Indianapolis 500, but this preacher has begun today with the phrase that launches this classic of auto racing. And I do it for two reasons. First, because I served as a priest in the city and Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis for over half my ordained ministry. And, second, because they fit the great celebration of God and the Church which we enjoy today.

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May 04, 2008

You Can't Keep a Good Man Down

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler preaches on Ascension Sunday of the life, hope, and love God has given us in the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus and invites us to share our victory in Christ with others.

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler

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The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler, director of mission for the Episcopal Church, shares his personal insights and experiences.

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March 11, 2007

Changing Your Mind, Bearing Fruit

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler reminds us that through Jesus we are given the opportunity for change and renewal and are called to bear the fruit made possible by God's grace.

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March 04, 2007

God Longs for Us

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler reminds us that are invited to move beyond our fear, beyond our own resistance or shame or guilt or rejection; to move beyond these things to the love, to the grace, to the forgiveness, to the mercy of God.

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February 25, 2007

What Will We Choose?

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler challenges us to choose God, and, in choosing God,  listen to and follow the call that God is giving to us in our personal lives as well as in the life of the church.

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler

The Rev. Dr. James B Lemler - Day1 Podcast Extra - 2006

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler is Director of Mission for the Episcopal Church USA, New York, NY, and former dean and president of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary.

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April 09, 2006

Love Poured Out

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler is Director of Mission for the Episcopal Church USA, New York, NY, and former dean and president of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. In this sermon he looks at what Palm Sunday says to the church today.

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April 02, 2006

Seeking, Searching, Seeing

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler is Director of Mission for the Episcopal Church USA, New York, NY, and former dean and president of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary.

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March 26, 2006

Come and Get It

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler is priest-in-charge of Christ Church (Episcopal), Greenwich, CT. He was formerly Director of Mission for the Episcopal Church in New York, NY, and dean and president of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL.

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June 30, 2002

Sermon for the 6th Sunday After Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

The Rev. Dr. James Lemler is director of mission for the Episcopal Church USA, New York, NY. He was formerly dean of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary (Episcopal) in Evanston, Ill.

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler Transcript

June 02, 2002

Sermon for the 2nd Sunday After Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

The Rev. Dr. James Lemler is director of mission for the Episcopal Church USA, New York, NY. He was formerly dean of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary (Episcopal) in Evanston, Ill.

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler Transcript

May 05, 2002

Sermon for the 6th Sunday of Easter

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

The Rev. Dr. James Lemler is director of mission for the Episcopal Church USA, New York, NY. He was formerly dean of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary (Episcopal) in Evanston, Ill.

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April 07, 2002

Sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Easter

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

The Rev. Dr. James Lemler is director of mission for the Episcopal Church USA, New York, NY. He was formerly dean of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary (Episcopal) in Evanston, Ill.