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.

U.S. Guns Produced Today
Americans Accidentally Killed Today
Homeless Americans
Weddings Performed
  • Love Is Ready to Die Not Kill

    Love Is Ready to Die Not Kill


    A politician recently told a crowd to put on the armor of God - and to strap on a handgun.
    This is the perfect image of our ongoing American wrestling match - with a cross in one hand, and a gun in the other.
    But let's be clear: Jesus didn't advocate violence, 
    he called himself the Prince of Peace!

    He didn't retaliate against his persecutors,
    he forgave them.

    He didn't defend himself,
    but in Sunday's gospel, he says he laid down his life - a
    nd that we should too.
    Time and again, Jesus showed us love, and that love is ready to die, not kill.
    How are we being tempted by our evolutionary and cultural programming to fight and harm instead of following the Jesus Way of forgiveness and peace?

  • Forgiveness and Failure

    Forgiveness and Failure


    What will be the good news to those grandparents in Newaygo who, last week, left an unlocked and loaded weapon within reach of a toddler, resulting in the child's death?

    The legal system, their neighbors, their family will understandably condemn, judge, and vilify this couple who are already punishing themselves, more than likely, much more harshly than anyone else.

    Two weeks after the Resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples and declared his mission: 'that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed.'

    There is a place for judgment, it needs to happen.
    But we often go overboard - and make our sins our identity: we did something bad, hence we are bad.

    The Risen Christ won't have it.
    Of course those grandparents did a bad thing.
    But does that make them bad people?

    The Resurrection helps us separate bad deeds from good people.
    It puts into perspective our divinity and humanity.

    Don't let judgment overshadow forgiveness.
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    St. David's Episcopal Church, 16200 W. Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48076 USA



    +011 248-557-5430