Rev. Peter Gomes is the inspirational leader at the heart of Harvard’s Memorial Church, if not the university as a whole. As I was reminded yesterday in a service dedicated to Harvard veterans, he is among the most effective communicators alive today. Even in this Age of Obama, where our expectations for what happens at the podium are high and rising, Gomes towers over other messengers of truth and grace. He has a deep (and playful) appreciation for the weaknesses in the human condition — and a remarkable ability to demand our best, while making it seem like the only reasonable option.
His sermons can be heard live most Sundays, either in the pews of Memorial Church, on Boston’s local NPR station, or by listening to recordings on the Church’s website. He has also written a growing collection of best-selling books.