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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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Happy Hearts

Posted by Melanie, March 25, 2015

This post by Sarah DeCamps is from Honduras, Our Little Roses Home For Girls, where Liz Hoekstra and Sarah are visiting the girls now:

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March Madness

Posted by Chris, March 16, 2015

As we exit the long winter, and begin to think of spring arriving, we come upon one of my favorite times of the year — March Madness. Growing up in Kentucky means I have blue running in my veins. The entire city thrives on college basketball, check out “The Sixth Man” documentary on Netflix to get a glimpse, and every conversation during March always has a moment where people discuss the NCAA tournament.

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An Awkward Conversation

Posted by Jason, March 13, 2015

I recently attended a house party as the guest of a friend. I didn’t know anyone at the party other than the friend who took me. At one point, my friend went to find the bathroom, and I was hovering around the edge of the room when a guy approached and introduced himself to me. Within no time, the standard Washington DC introductory question was asked, “What do you do?” Now, a good friend and colleague of mine once told me that he tells people that he’s an electrician when someone asks because it doesn’t usually involve any follow-up questions. That being said, I was honest and said that I was the musician for an Episcopal church.

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Sing your song! #MakeItHappen

Posted by Heather, March 11, 2015

What a wonderful celebration we had on Sunday for International Woman’s Day! There was powerful and challenging preaching by parishioner Pauline Muchina and the singing of familiar and new hymns written by women at the 10:00 a.m. worship service. At the international marketplace that followed, organized along with our partners at Empowered Women International, we were enriched, cheered, and challenged by the singing poetry of Anna Mwalago and the sharing of stories of the other women entrepreneurs. Across the day, we moved from strength to strength and from joy to joy.

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