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Reflections on the March on Washington

Posted by Ann, August 9, 2013

The August I turned six, my parents walked in the March on Washington. I didn’t understand why it was so important that my parents go to Washington to be part of the March, but I sensed the heightened anxiety around it. Theirs and mine. They were concerned enough about their safety that new wills were drawn up so that if anything happened to them, we would be raised by my Aunt Alice. That was a scary prospect. While they were gone, my brother and I stayed with her. She was cool and aloof, not particularly mother-y even though she had several children of her own.

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Conversation and Listening

Posted by Heather, July 31, 2013

I have been thinking about a pair of youth, brothers, who were in the first congregation where I served. That church had a bit of racial and ethnic diversity, similar to Christ Church, but was fairly white. These teenage boys were born in the US with parents from Nigeria. At that time, there was a lot of concern about racial profiling in the northern suburbs of Chicago where the congregation was. The elder of the brothers, and the more talkative of the two, had some surgery and so I had a chance to have some longer conversations with him while I and one of the youth group leaders visited him in the hospital.

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Consumer or Servant?

Posted by Pierce, July 24, 2013

We have all been reading in national journals about the waning fortunes of mainline churches. These articles describe, it seems, with pundit glee how Episcopalians and their Presbyterian, Methodist, United Church of Christ, Catholic and now even Baptist peers are losing their potency on the American scene. Evangelical journals suggest that it is the adoption of progressive political views that have caused the decline.

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My AAMish Family

Posted by Jason, July 17, 2013

I returned last week from the annual conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM) held in Denver. I belong to a number of professional organizations, but AAM is the one that is most near and dear to me; its annual conferences are often a highlight of my summer.

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Spiritual Writing

Posted by Ann, July 11, 2013

I am getting on a plane in a few hours to attend a workshop on spiritual writing. The workshop is called Deepening Words. Twelve of us were accepted after submitting 3500 words of writing. Some of you know I have long desired to write the book of my story from Hollywood to priesthood and haven’t been sure how to get started. Or maybe even how to claim it. Or frame it. I have always been a writer of sorts.

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George's Church

Posted by Heather, July 3, 2013

Last week was Vacation Bible School at Christ Church. It was a fantastic week with 100 kids and over 70 youth and adult volunteers to make the week work well for safety as well as learning about God’s love for everyone. Each day at VBS began and ended with worship in the historic church, requiring some preparation and clean up. As the worship director for the VBS, I spent A LOT of time in the church last week and so I also had the chance to give a number of impromptu tours of the church.

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OLR 2013 / Day 4 / Why We Do This

Posted by Development , June 23, 2013

By Kris Amundson          It took nearly 3 hours to drive the roughly 200 kilometers from San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba. But although Yosleni (12th grade) and Emy (8th grade) and their mother Mrs. Lopez (not her real name) had traveled a much shorter distance, they had spent almost as long in transit. 

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OLR 2013 / Day 3 / Graduation Day

Posted by Development , June 22, 2013

By Kris Amundson          Graduations are always festive affairs. Here in Honduras, they are a combination of a prom and an academic ceremony. Girls wear long, glamorous (VERY glamorous) dresses. Many of the spectators also come in formal clothing.

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OLR 2013 / Day 2 / Family Time

Posted by Development , June 21, 2013

By Kris Amundson          You don´t have to spend much time in Honduras to realize how critically important family is. But most of the girls we support have no family. Because of parental illness, abuse, or the effects of abject poverty, they have little or no contact with their biological family.

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OLR 2013 / Day 1 / Reconnecting & Recollecting

Posted by Development , June 20, 2013

By Kris Amundson          The first day that Anne Reed and I are back in Honduras is always a time for reconnection and recollection. Since we took part in mission trips with Christ Church from the early 1990s, we have between us made about 40 trips to this small Central American country. But even though the place is starting to feel like home, we always have some adjustment.

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