Chris Yaw

I am a Christ Lover

Chris Yaw

I know, I'm kind of messy - but here goes... I’m an Episcopal priest serving a congregation in Metro Detroit... With a passion for gun safety... A zest for online Christian formation... A zeal for video blogging... A constant writer... A heart for those who have unintentionally harmed... A commitment to workforce housing... A love for marrying people... And an amazing wife, three kiddos and a cat named Sparrow... If you have interests in any of these areas I'd love to connect with you.


Contact Details

  • St. David's Episcopal Church, 16200 W. Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, Michigan, 48076, USA

  • +011 248-557-5430


St. David's

I have served as rector of St. David's Episcopal Church in Southfield, MI for 16 years, join us Sundays in person or via zoom.

Trinity Gun Disposal

Working on the issue of unwanted gun disposal, we've made some real progress in helping rid the U.S. of unwanted firearms.


Since 2013 we have been helping people learn more about faith through our online learning courses at ChurchNext.

Oakland Housing

Helping middle income families get better housing is a challenge that Oakland Housing has been addressing for 75 years.

Hyacinth Fellowship

Because hurting others hurts us, the Hyacinth Fellowship organizes support groups and reminds us that we are not our worst mistakes.

Yaw Wedding

I have been officiating weddings for more than 20 years and continue to find joy in helping couples build lifelong relationships.

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  • Protestor Jesus

    Protestor Jesus


    It's one of the clearest statements in the Bible, the prophet Micah asks, 'What does the Lord require of you? But to do justice...'

    Maybe you wonder why the richest society ever, allows one in 8 people to live in poverty; Why the top 1% richest people pay a lower percentage of their wealth in taxes than the rest of us; or why women still make less than 80 cents in the dollar compared to men?

    God did not make you feel uncomfortable, to annoy you, but to inspire you!

    Don't ignore the inequalities that bother you! But dig down and see why they are there! Find a way to constructively channel your emotions.

    This Sunday we will hear about the start of Jesus' ministry - in which he rooted himself in prayer then said, 'Let's go...'

    Let's go! is still our rallying cry. There are all kinds of groups working for all kinds of crucial societal change, that need our attention! Fight the temptation to disengage and ignore, and rationalize.

    You were put here to make positive change in the world.

    Of course, God's call is usually messy, uncomfortable, inconvenient, costly, maybe even dangerous.

    But this is why you are so smart,
    This is why you are so rich,
    This is why you have the relationships you do
    What does s the Lord require of you? To do justice.

  • How We Make Idols...

    How We Make Idols...


    Conversations over politics ever separated you from anybody?

    Happens too often, doesn't it? And among religious people, who may be forgetting how Christ came to unite the world in love, not divide it in fear.

    We love when we seek common ground, living into our ministry of reconciliation, 2 cor 5.
    We divide when we amplify difference.

    Winning arguments, then,  having it our way, insisting on not compromising is an idol when we choose being right over being in relationship!

    'Im not talking with that person, they voted this way!' is not an option.

    The Apostle Paul got it.
    This weekend we'll hear him say, if my eating meat offends my neighbor I'll skip the meat and keep the neighbor.

    Following Jesus means putting others first not just when we agree, but especially when we disagree.

    Look for common ground.
    Seek compromise.
    Putting others first, as Christ did with us, is the essence of the gospel, let us go out and do likewise. 
  • Your Moment May Be Coming: Are You Ready?

    Your Moment May Be Coming: Are You Ready?


    I was chatting with the brawny and buff clerk at a car rental desk once who was tossing a football up and down.

    I asked him what was up - he said he had just had tryouts with 3 NFL teams and was waiting for his agent to call - and let him know if a lucrative contract was on offer - that at any moment he might leave his job as a clerk to become a pro football millionaire.

    I wonder, when Jesus called his fishermen disciples, who immediately dropped everything to follow him, if something similar was going on -

    Might this have been something they had been preparing and hoping for in the same way - perhaps they had dreams of trading their lives for something much, much bigger.

    This, of course, may be what's in store for you: are you seeing it, preparing for it, ready for it? Start preparing not just for who and where you are, but who and where you - and God - might want you to be?

    God did not give you that dream, vision, goal, or purpose for nothing - keep that hope burning! Prepare, be ready, hope - that call is coming.
  • Look for Love in Other People

    Look for Love in Other People


    One of the best things we can do today is look for love in other people!

    That's who we are at our core, love, although we occlude it in a myriad of ways, thanks to our fears, insecurities, and basic needs for affirmation, acceptance, and admiration.

    But deep down, we were made by love in order to love.

    It is this season of epiphany, or revealing, we look for the ways Love is being revealed around us.
    And so, on Sunday we will meet this character named Nathaniel: and we see that Jesus is made known by making Nathaniel feel known.

    Today you will interact with people who are just dying to be known, to have you pay attention to them, care about them, endeavor to find the love in them.

    And that's why we are here! To find God, to find love in all People, in all things! Happy hunting!
  • Epiphany 2.0

    Epiphany 2.0

     The old understanding of epiphany was seeing a star, and radically changing everything! Waking up smelling like booze and quitting cold turkey! Meeting the man of your dreams and flushing your cigarettes down the toilet forever.

    As dramatic as this is, it rarely works. Don't change your habit, first change your identity!

    As unforgettable as it was for the bishop to lay his hands on me did not convince me I was a priest, This did not change my identity. What makes me a priest is my daily prayer, Bible study, and determination to follow Christ and make the world better

    In other words, identify as a skinny person, asking what would a skinny person eat? And your exercise and nutrition habits will change.

    That's epiphany 2.0! Start embodying the kind of person you want to be, forming those habits, taking those actions, speaking that vocabulary, hanging out with those kind of people, and this is how you live into that person who you want to be, and, indeed, perhaps whom God is calling you to be.
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