AGO 2104 Convention Sermon

2014 AGO Convention Opening Sermon


Barbara Cawthorne Crafton

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, retreat leader and author of many books. She heads The Geranium Farm, an institute for the promotion of spiritual growth. The Farm publishes her Almost-Daily eMo, a meditation read online by tens of thousands worldwide via email. She is currently interim rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Metuchen, New Jersey, and has served a number of churches, including Trinity Church, Wall Street, St. John’s-in-the-Village in Greenwich Village, St. James in Florence, Italy, and St. Clement’s in Manhattan’s theatre district. She was a maritime chaplain on the New York waterfront, and a chaplain at Ground Zero after the attack on the World Trade Center. Crafton leads retreats and teaches throughout the United States and abroad.

Barbara’s sermon was transcribed by Ross Wood


Ross Wood

Ross Wood became associate organist and choirmaster of The Church of the Advent, Boston, in 2001. He studied with Russell Saunders at Eastman and Robert Anderson at Southern Methodist University. From 1985 through 2001, he was associate organist at Trinity Church, Copley Square. Among Mr. Wood’s recital appearances are New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Thomas Church, Church of St. Mary the Virgin, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and Trinity Church, Wall Street. In France, he has appeared at Notre-Dame de Paris on two occasions and at festivals in Bourges and Carcassonne. Equally appreciated as an accompanist, he has four critically acclaimed recordings with the Trinity Choir. He accompanied that choir on tour at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral, as well as Ely and Chichester cathedrals. As a freelancer, has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under James Levine and with the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart.