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Winter is Here

Posted by Matthew, July 19, 2017

Winter is here. At least, it is for the record-breaking 16 million viewers who turned in to watch the series premiere of Game of Thrones on Sunday night. By the end of the week, roughly 30 million people are expected to have watched “Dragonstone,” this week’s episode.

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Anniversary of Note

Posted by Ann, July 12, 2017

Ten years ago this week, I began my time as one of your ministers at Christ Church. I had just graduated from seminary and was ordained a deacon from the Diocese of Los Angeles on June 4, 2007. The first few months were a pretty steep learning curve; there is much they don’t teach you in seminary about what to expect in parish ministry. And Christ Church is a busy and complex place. At that time, we had eight clergy: four full-time and four Lilly residents. I had barely worked in an office before I got here, so just navigating the staff was a challenge. Before long, I wasn’t at all sure I was cut out to be a priest. (My ordination to the priesthood would not happen until December 2007.)

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Blessed Little Thoughts

Posted by Noelle, July 5, 2017

Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski, an Hasidic rabbi and psychiatrist, offers in this video what a colleague of mine once called a BLT, a “blessed little thought”, about self-love and giving. In our culture of “what’s in it for me?”, how do we avoid practicing what Twerski calls “fish love”? In what ways have you given of your love by giving of yourself?

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All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

Posted by Guest, June 21, 2017

Today's blog post is courtesy of parishioner Brian Wommack. Brian delivered a sermon at Shrine Mont this past weekend, and the text of that sermon is below:

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The Alexandria Shooting

Posted by Noelle, June 14, 2017

My prayers are lifted today for those injured in the shooting incident in Del Ray, particularly Steve Scalise, Zach Barth, Roger Williams, Matt Mika, David Bailey and Krystal Griner. I also raise my prayers to God for those who rushed in to help, particularly the U.S. Capitol Police, Alexandria Police, and medical personnel, who regularly put their own lives in jeopardy in order to protect and save the lives of others. I grieve for our communities, for innocence lost and for a delicate peace broken. I pray for the shooter and for the anger and brokenness that lead him to believe that violence was his only recourse.

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In quires and places where they sing

Posted by Jason, June 7, 2017

If I were to approach the clergy or vestry at any church and say, “Hey, I’ve got 50+ people who are looking to donate 3 to 4 hours each week to the church from September to June, is that OK?” I cannot imagine that they would not jump for joy in response. But perhaps you don’t realize that is what our choirs offer each week, and sometimes more.

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I Believe I am So Called

Posted by Matthew, June 1, 2017

I am delighted to announce that the Right Reverend Edwin F. Gulick Jr. has admitted me as a postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. I have formally started a period of preparation alongside Bishop Gulick leading, God willing, towards ordination to the priesthood.

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Not my circus, not my monkeys

Posted by Ann, May 24, 2017

The “Greatest Show on Earth” closed its doors last Sunday. After 146 years of traipsing across the country on a mile-long train, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus offered its last show on Long Island. Financial woes and changing tastes in entertainment are assigned as the cause. Being the target of fervent animal rights protesters also took its toll. The company could no longer make enough money to support its 300 cast and crew members.

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Not Suit and Tie Guys

Posted by Noelle, May 18, 2017

Several years ago, I came across this photograph by David LaChapelle from his series “Jesus is my Homeboy”. I find it, and the whole series, powerful images and poignant theological statements about who Jesus was and is.

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A Lazarus Meditation

Posted by Guest, May 10, 2017

This week's blog features a guest writer, parishioner Jim Sanders.

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