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New Beginnings and the Pause

Posted by Heather, September 7, 2016

It is the first week of school for my family – both my daughters and my husband in his work as a professor. New adventures await and they are excited for those. But there is also caution and a bit of sarcasm from the girls. Hmm, perhaps we shouldn’t have watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  so close to the end of vacation… But one of the things that Matthew Broderick’s character says has some deep relevance to the life of faith:

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Newport Revelations

Posted by Jason, August 31, 2016

In early August, I was fortunate once again to attend the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) training course in Newport, Rhode Island. Every summer these weeklong courses are held throughout the country. Each course has its own make up – some are for boys only, some for girls only, some are just for trebles, and some, like Newport, are for both trebles (boys and girls) and adults. I’ve attended this same course the past five years, and each year I return invigorated and optimistic for the future of church music.

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Special Guest Blogger: Youth on a Mission

Posted by Guest, August 25, 2016

This week features a special blog post from Rebecca, one of our youth, and her recent summer mission trip. 

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A Little Something for the Soul

Posted by Melanie, August 17, 2016

Greetings Christ Church and all readers!  As I prepare to leave tomorrow to take my last child to college I am scrambling to get all that must be done – done. I was sent this prayer a few minutes ago. So please read this lovely prayer and watch this short video my husband made from our balcony in Buxton, North Carolina a few weeks ago. The prayer and the video fill my heart and soul, I hope they speak to you as well. 

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Jonathan Myrick Daniels and the Christian Response to Racism

Posted by Ann, August 17, 2016

The following is text of the sermon from the Rev. Ann Gillespie on August 14, 2016 

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Summer Reading

Posted by Ann, August 10, 2016

I have just returned from the fourth of five residencies for my Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing through Seattle Pacific University. In the genre of creative non-fiction, (as opposed to fiction or poetry) I am working on memoir and personal essay.  Following a low-residency model, we meet for ten days twice a year and then go home to do all our writing. God willing, after two more quarters, I will graduate at the next residency in March of 2017. Part of the curriculum for these residencies is to do a close reading of two books. Every morning we meet for a seminar called ‘Art and Faith.’

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Beyond the Expected: Trekking to Freedom

Posted by Santiago, August 3, 2016

Spoiler-averse types beware! If you haven't seen the film, do not read on. Don't do it. Ok, fine. Make my day. Read it.

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The Congregation in the Street: Weekly Interfaith Prayer and Presence

Posted by Heather, July 28, 2016

After I preached a couple of weeks ago (July 10), discussing the role of race in our society and confessing my own white privilege and use of it, a parishioner said to me -- I'm waiting for the second half of your sermon, the what comes next. I'd been praying about that for a several of weeks now. What can I do personally to enter into positive and open discussions about race, racism, and white privilege, especially at the intersection with violence? What can our congregation, Christ Church, do to make present and living God's reign, God's kingdom and the Beloved Community that it is supposed to be? I think we did one small but tangible step towards living into the Beloved Community last Sunday.

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Mid-Day Musicale

Posted by Jason, July 28, 2016

A friend shared this video last week, and I’ve watched and listened to it numerous times over the past few days. In a time of extreme heat, and non-stop political rhetoric, I’ve found this performance of Schubert’s Impromptu by Vladmir Horowitz to be a welcome respite. I hope you might take a few minutes to just relax, “chill out,” and listen to a breathtakingly beautiful musical offering. (Warning: children learning to play piano, don’t try to copy Horowitz’s “flat finger” technique. He had extremely large hands and also had his pianos adjusted to be very light to the touch.) 

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With Love and Misconceptions from Honduras

Posted by Ann, July 20, 2016

Ten years ago, before I worked as a priest at Christ Church, I came to Honduras to attend a Spanish-language immersion program offered at Our Little Roses Home for Girls in San Pedro Sula. That summer I had the delight of meeting those who were on the annual Christ Church OLR mission trip. This summer, I have journeyed here with Christ Church’s 26th mission trip as their priest and chaplain. It is incredible to return to this land of extremes: extreme poverty, extreme friendliness, extreme heat, extreme rainstorms, extreme natural beauty, and trash everywhere you look. The moment you arrive at the airport and see the many Christian mission groups in their matching t-shirts lined up in the customs line, you know you’re in for an adventure.

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