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I wonder what’s next

Posted by Jason, January 31, 2013

I went with a friend last week to see the movie Quartet with a friend. The movie was quite good, and I recommend it. Don’t worry, I’m not going to give any spoilers away in this post. The setting of the movie is a retirement home which caters specifically to musicians, and the movie centers around the retirement of a notable opera singer (played by the incomparable Maggie Smith) to this home. The plot features the typical struggle of old age, and the acceptance that one can no longer do what one could at a younger age. This is especially true of singers.

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Released

Posted by Ann, January 23, 2013

At first glance, Barry looks like an aging rock star: pushing 50, spiky bleached hair, British accent, crooked teeth, an assortment of earrings and bracelets. He might have stepped right out of the R & R film spoof, Spinal Tap. What a first glance doesn’t tell you is that Barry has a Ph.D in Philosophy, he teaches at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena on the intersection of culture and art, and is now an Episcopal priest. He may have started out playing with the band AC/DC, but currently he delivers papers on Christianity in the 21st century, and leads an alternative worship service at one of the cardinal parishes in Los Angeles. 

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So what about those Nones…

Posted by Heather, January 16, 2013

I don’t think it will be surprising to any of you that I am an NPR junkie. I listen to it in the morning when getting ready for the day and getting the girls off to school. I listen to it in the evening while making dinner. And I enjoy catching different shows in the middle of the day on my day off.

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At Sea

Posted by Pierce, January 7, 2013

I was noticing the write up of the release of Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming diluvian epic, Noah. Incidentally, after they built the ark for the film in the planting fields of Oyster Bay, the ship withstood with nary a shingle amiss Superstorm Sandy when it ripped up more than 300 trees from the surrounding arboretum.

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A Memorable Mississippian

Posted by Jason, December 26, 2012

After the exhaustive schedule of Christmas Eve, I was prepared to spend most of the remainder of my Christmas day with my brain turned off. Shortly after noon, however, Ann Gillespie called to tell me the sad news that Bishop Jane Dixon died overnight.

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The Christ in Christ Church

Posted by Ann, December 19, 2012

Is there anything else to be said about the unspeakable tragedy of Newtown last Friday? I continue to be surprised by my own emotions of fear and anger and deep, heavy sadness. One minute I am fine.

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Christmas Music in Advent

Posted by Heather, December 12, 2012

Once upon a time, I was an Advent purist. This was probably when I was in seminary and it was certainly before the girls were expressing their music preferences.

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The Power of Books

Posted by Pierce, December 5, 2012

We know we are nearing the end of the liturgical year when in our collect we read, “Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them...”

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Excited to sing for Advent

Posted by Jason, November 28, 2012

I don’t know why some people give Advent a bad rap. I’ve listened to people complain about having to sing “those boring Advent hymns, almost always in a minor key” for years. Seriously?

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One Glorious Ratatouille

Posted by Ann, November 21, 2012

In Last Sunday’s NY Times Review section, there was a wry piece by Anne Lamott. She has always been one of my favorite nonfiction writers. Her humility and humor as she searches for meaning and faith have always been an irresistible combination for me. (She currently has a new book out on prayer called Help. Thanks. Wow.)

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