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Do You Know about the General Convention?

Posted by Chris, July 1, 2015

The Episcopal Church is in the midst of General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Episcopal Church gathers every three years to review and plan for the future of the church. Various committees will meet about various items from Liturgy to Faith Formation.

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God of our silent tears

Posted by Jason, June 24, 2015

Last week, I attended the annual convention of the Association of Anglican Musicians. As many of you know, this is one of my favorite weeks of the year – getting new ideas from my colleagues and friends and experiencing truly transformational worship. The singing is always unlike anything I’ve ever heard anywhere. On Thursday, the mood was a bit subdued as we were all shocked and horrified at the events that took place in Charleston on Wednesday evening. In the quiet before our closing Eucharist, I opened the hymnal and read the marvelous words to hymn #599 with fresh eyes.

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The Deepest Identity

Posted by Heather, June 17, 2015

A couple of news stories have me thinking about identity. To be honest, I haven’t delved deep into either story but it has been hard to avoid surface-level stories about Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner or Rachel Dolezal (the NAACP local branch executive whose racial background is white but who identifies as black). These are people who have changed their outward identity dramatically. Both would say, I think, that they have tried to make their inward self-identity match with what the world now sees externally. Their quest to do this is not unique – I’m guessing that each one of us has tried to do that at one point or another. 

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Adam Gopnik

Posted by John, June 10, 2015

Adam Gopnik, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, once wrote an article for the magazine about learning to draw. His story reminds me of many Christians learning to pray.Though one may assume that Christians know how to pray (considered by some a second language), this is far from the truth. Unfortunately, prayer, especially public prayer, makes many Christians cringe.

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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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