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Christmas Treasures

Posted by Heather, January 11, 2018

A couple of years ago, my mother and I pulled out of storage a beautiful dress winter coat that she had made for me when I was about ten years old. The coat is a red, loopy, wool-like fabric, with white “fur” edging the hood and cuffs, patch pockets, with a silver satin lining. It closes with “frogs,” not buttons – I remember that I thought frogs were so unique and beautiful when I was that age. We got it out of storage with the hope that one of my daughters might wear it.  The red coat has been worn a few times but the weird winter weather in Virginia meant that some years it was too wet or too warm to wear.

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Feeling Small in Sonoma

Posted by Ann, December 6, 2017

Over Thanksgiving week, my husband and I spent some time in Sonoma County. I had been asked to preside at the wedding of a childhood acquaintance and it afforded us a lovely getaway, a return to California where we met and turned into adults, but to a part, we had not spent a lot of time in before. Many people have asked if we saw evidence of the wildfires.

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We Need Advent

Posted by Noelle, November 29, 2017

Most years, in the United States, Advent begins on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, giving us four full Sundays before we celebrate Christmas.

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Five Lessons I Learned Running My First Marathon

Posted by Santiago, November 15, 2017

I stood outside the Pentagon as dawn rose and thousands of runners made their way to the starting line. I walked up toward the start line and assembled myself at the corral for my projected time. Showered with red dawn light, I warmed up and said a prayer. As paratroopers rained on us waving giant American flags, I updated my Facebook status and waited for the cannon that would mark the start of the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon.

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Circles of Prayer

Posted by Heather, November 9, 2017

As many of you know, I have been part of a prayer circle that started in response to violent deaths a short ten blocks from Christ Church. For fifteen months we gathered weekly to pray at 3:00 p.m. A variety of people have come across those Sundays, including some who live in the neighborhood. After a period of discernment, the core of the prayer circle has decided that we will now gather to pray together in that spot on the first Sunday of the month, rather than weekly. I invite you to come at 3:00 p.m. on December 3 to join the circle.

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Ode to a Hymnal

Posted by Jason, November 1, 2017

We want to sing what we believe, and believe what we sing. These words were issued by Ray Glover, General Editor of The Hymnal 1982, to members of the committee working to create that particular book.

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Homage

Posted by Ann, October 18, 2017

Recently I returned from a whirlwind trip to London and Paris which was delightful and exhausting. It felt as if we were in perpetual motion. Here’s what I noticed about returning home.

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Back to School

Posted by Heather, September 20, 2017

This year both of my daughters are back in the same school and both (cue dramatic sound clip!) are in middle school. Middle school is the schooling season that brings up all kinds of past anxiety for parents, often times matched by real fears and concerns of students today. Suddenly your child has a new set of friends who did not go to the same elementary school with parents you may not meet for months. Who will they sit with at lunch? What will they experience on the bus? How will they get all of the homework done? Are they up to meeting the challenges and responsibilities that are set before them?

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Ubi caritas

Posted by Jason, September 15, 2017

One of my favorite hymn texts comes from the canon of Gregorian chants – Ubi caritas. The text traditionally is sung on Maundy Thursday, when we hear about Jesus washing the disciples’ feet and calling for us to show love to one another. The translation of the text is:

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A Wedding in Vermont

Posted by Ann, August 30, 2017

Ten days ago, I presided at the wedding of my son, Spencer. It was a most mysterious and delicious mingling of my vocations as priest and mom. He and Heather have been together for nine years, so she has long been part of the family. I was honored when they asked me to officiate, but I was equally honored to be one of the girls invited to go wedding dress shopping.

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