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Letter from the Cathedral

Posted by Melanie, June 3, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to attend a writing workshop at the National Cathedral taught by Barbara Brown Taylor, author of An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark and Nora Gallagher, author of Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic and Things Seen and Unseen.  Attending this workshop was exciting yet intimidating at the same time because we would have to actually write and share our writing during the workshop! It’s one of those things you know is coming and you wonder why you signed up, but then you are really glad you did.  Otherwise, how else do we learn?

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Be a Tourist

Posted by Chris, May 27, 2015

Graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary last week brought my parents to town over Memorial Day weekend. When visitors come, I feel the obligation for them to experience Washington D.C. by visiting museums, monuments, memorials, etc. Even though they were able to see many of the area attractions, one of their favorite parts of the week occurred at Christ Church.

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From the Smallest of Seeds

Posted by John, May 20, 2015

Many churches, including Christ Church, have established ways and means by which members can plan for and name the church in their estate planning. The Trustees of the Christ Church Foundation have made available materials outlining ways by which we can include Christ Church in our financial directives following our deaths. As well, members of the Foundation are available to advise, pray with and assist all of us whenever we, with some trepidation, turn towards the future and contemplate our deaths.        

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Keeping the Faith

Posted by Jason, May 13, 2015

We have lots of paintings and sketches of Christ Church all over our campus. I'm not sure any of them really tell the full story. If I were creating one, I'd be sure to include a number of people in our courtyard, including many who are struggling to meet their day to day needs. I heard a preacher recently say that if your church doesn't have beggars, it's not a church, it's a museum.

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So what do you do come Wednesday?

Posted by Heather, May 7, 2015

I just got back from a few days away at Shrine Mont for the Bishop’s Spring Conference. Twice a year, the Diocese of Virginia hosts conferences for those who work in churches – the fall one is for clergy only, while the spring conference is open to clergy, lay professionals, and spouses and partners. It is always a rich gathering characterized by beautiful worship with great singing, hearty fellowship and opportunities to connect or reconnect, downtime for hiking, napping, reading, and contemplation, and breathing in the special air of Orkney Springs. Each year there is a program, something to feed our minds and hearts as well, plus a chance to hear what is on the hearts of our bishops.

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And just where do you think you’re going?!

Posted by Jason, April 29, 2015

On Monday evening, I attended a master class taught by Olivier Latry, the principal organist at Notre Dame in Paris. As one of the students was playing, he kept asking her “Where are you going?”

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Ministry & Infrastructure

Posted by Chris, April 22, 2015

My time is starting to wind down at Virginia Theological Seminary as a graduating senior, and I will transition to full time ministry at Christ Church as a Ministry Resident. This also means my time will slowly come to an end working in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching. I like to think that the CMT is a hidden gem at VTS where some innovative faith formation work happens in the digital realm. We look at churches, dioceses, and organizations across the country for great ideas that need to be shared while simultaneously developing our own content on our various content platforms.

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To have and to have not….

Posted by Melanie, April 15, 2015

Each week I am humbled and blessed to work in concert with our Lazarus counselors and Lazarus guests to thoughtfully share our resources. Our resources become the lifeline that keep people housed, keep water running, lights and heat on, ensure vital medicines are purchased and medical bills are covered. Each week we look to each other to make good decisions based on the circumstances and the money we have available that day and we offer our own brand of hospitality and caring.

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Why talk about race and reconciliation?

Posted by Heather, April 8, 2015

Some of you know that I led, along with Chris Hamby, a reading and discussion group this Lent on race and reconciliation. Our sessions were grounded in a small book by Archbishop Desmond Tutu called In God's Hands. This was the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent book for 2015. In this book, Abp. Tutu wove some stories from the struggle against apartheid in South Africa with reflections on various passages from the  Bible which tell the story of God's love for us.

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Worship and Imagination

Posted by John, April 1, 2015

….the intuitive language of the imagination …so vital..... call(ing) us to leave our personalities behind and temporarily inhabit another’s experience, looking at the world with new eyes. Art invites us to meet the Other—whether that be our neighbor or the infinite Otherness of God—and to achieve a new wholeness of spirit. (Gregory Wolfe, Beauty Will Save the World)

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