Rev. Douglass M. Bailey, D.D.
Bailey served as rector of Calvary Church for more than 20 years. When
Doug came to Calvary in 1978, it was a parish in decline. In tandem with
efforts to revitalize the city after the urban crises of the 1960s and
1970s, Doug worked to bring life and soul to this downtown parish. Major
emphasis was placed on congregational development and growth, as well
as the formation of imaginative urban ministries. In those two decades,
Doug founded or co-founded such wide-ranging and vital ministries as the
Calvary Street Ministry for the homeless, the
Samaritan Counseling Center, Teen Job Services employment program,
and Calvary and the Arts noonday concert series.
directed efforts to provide quality worship and religious education. A
strong Sunday morning Adult Christian Education and
Youth Church Program complemented a number of weekday
offerings including the popular Wednesday night
Koinonia faith formation and community building programs, attracting people
of all ages and significantly contributing to Calvary's burgeoning membership.
Under Doug Bailey's rectorship, Calvary Church became the fastest growing
Episcopal congregation in the Diocese, and is recognized as one of the
most dynamic and thriving Episcopal churches in America.
Doug was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Virginia Theological Seminary.
He has also been awarded a Doctor of Divinity by Rhodes College of Memphis
for "outstanding servant ministry to parish, city and world" and earned
a "Peacemaker and Community Service" honor from the Mid-South Peace and
Justice Center. Doug also served as the Presiding Bishop's Appointment
to the Brazil/USA Covenant Committee and has led Clergy Conferences and
Visitations to Uruguay and Brazil.
Exploring God's Love, Your Faith, and
Brief Insights on Spirituality and
The Deepest Mystery, The Highest Hope
In that wonderful Academy Award-winning film Shakespeare in
there is a funny and recurring line from one of the characters...
Dust of Life
In a lifetime of Ash Wednesdays which begin yet another Lent,
here are some of my one-liner learnings...
Remember your roots. That's not referring to what family you were
born into. Remember your roots. You are a child of God...
An Unfailing Love
Very possibly, God's love is even greater for us at the point
we fail to follow God's Word and way...
In the New Testament alone, the word "follow" is used
"Follow Me, follow Me," says Jesus...
Thoughts on Prayer
Several one-liner reflections on "my" prayers and God's
Yourself to God
I don't know about you, but when I go through difficult times,
often that's when I am most cautious and closed to God...
Our Waiting God
There's a great Hasid story about the teacher Rabbi Zolman...
Think about all of the God spots in your life--books you've
read, stories you have heard, moments in prayer...
Finding Your Voice
It is the title of Parker J. Palmer's latest and very compelling
book: Let Your Life Speak...
Life's Warning Sign
Life without pain is a perpetually dangerous life...
Living the Language of Faith
We need so desperately to model for our children the language
of faith--a language of deep trust, a language of an authentic
relationship with the Holy One...
Sermons and Essays from the Clergy
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Rise" December 2, 2001
November 25, 2001
Thanksgiving Eve Ecumenical Evensong November 21, 2001
"The Dance of Life" November 11, 2001
"The Saints of God" November 4, 2001
"Where is the Tenth Leper?" October 14, 2001
Our Faith" October 7, 2001
"Hold Fast to the Faith That Shall Endure" September
"To Life!" September 9 , 2001
Commencement. Your Mission." July 8, 2001
Who You Are" June 3, 2001
Day: "Stand Up" April 15, 2001
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday April 8, 2001
"Hush, Somebody's Calling" January 21, 2001
We Prepared Ourselves for Christ?" December 10, 2000
the Language of Faith" November 26, 2000
"You Are Pre-Approved" October 1, 2000
"Your Name Is Rob-Boy" September
Spots" August 6, 2000
You Do Not Have Enough!! (A Response to Too Few Loaves and Fishes)"
July 23, 2000
to Kerygma (proclamation)!" July 16, 2000
Day of Pentecost June 11, 2000
in the City" May 19. 2000
"Evidence for Being a Christian!" May 7, 2000
Easter Conversation; an Easter Concert" April 23,
the Loser" March 19, 2000
Yourself to An Encounter With God"
With God's Face" March 5, 2000
Pain. Blessed Healing." February 6, 2000
"Hard Truth for Advent" December 5, 1999
"God Hidden in the Shadows" November 28, 1999
"Death by Baptism, but 'Christ's Own Forever'" August 22, 1999
the Soil of Your Soul" July 11, 1999
"This Bus Stops for You!" June 6, 1999
do you become Easter?" April 4, 1999 (Easter Sunday)
at Ground Zero September 28, 2001
The horrific tragedy of September 11 has left its searing print
and pain on the soul and heart of humanity. Each of us has been
August 12, 2001
It's a cultural
expression. It has been around for a while. "Get a life!"...
Alleluia April 15, 2001
Alleluia is a Hebrew word. It is more of a celebration than an assertion.
It is more a shout of unbridled joy than a word for worship...
What Does He See?? April
I am learning about Christus auf Palmesel ("Christ on a Palm
Donkey") from reading Henri Nouwen's Show Me the Way, Daily
Readings for Lent...