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Live Deeply Into Easter

Posted by Heather, March 30, 2016

Before moving too far into Eastertide, I invite you to look back for a moment to Maundy Thursday. It was an incredible evening at Christ Church. There is a movement in Paris of church services that do not worry about the length of the service -- the Mass that takes its time. That is very much not our usual mode at Christ Church. But on Maundy Thursday, we were in kairos time, not kronos time or time that is measured and marked by minutes and seconds.

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Calling up and Bringing up “Little Christs” part 2

Posted by Melanie, March 9, 2016

The three perspectives I wrote about last week - hope, reciprocity and shared responsibility - help keep us get close to God and nearer to finding that best part of ourselves that is called serve others, i.e. our own “Little Christ.” I have to re-anchor myself to these perspectives all the time, it’s not a onetime shift in perspective. 

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Calling up and Bringing up “Little Christs” (part one of two)

Posted by Melanie, March 2, 2016

C. S. Lewis wrote that the singular purpose of the Church is to create “Little Christs.” The simplicity, yet pin point bold accuracy of this statement strikes me deeply.  What else should creating “Little Christs” be the singular purpose of? Parenting, working, loving, serving? If we think of our purpose this way and we accept that we are all called to serve, what does that look like in real life?  These big thoughts that we may agree hold important truths beg the question of how to translate them into our day to day lives.

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Beginning again; and again; and again in hopes of change

Posted by John, February 24, 2016

"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."  Little Gidding

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All You Need is Love

Posted by Jason, February 23, 2016

It’s a big election year and all the media and online chatter seems to be focused on who is best qualified to be our next leader. I won’t risk getting political here, but I am more than willing to boast that, as an Episcopalian, I am thrilled with our church’s leader – Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop. Recently, I had the good fortune to hear him speak at the National Press Club. He was there thanks to the generous invitation/work of Christ Church parishioner, Susan Hahn.

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Getting Real in Lent

Posted by Ann, February 17, 2016

Every year on Ash Wednesday, I am surprised by the number of people in the pews whom I don’t recognize. Sometimes as much as half of the congregation are unfamiliar to me. That’s a big switch from Sundays. Who are all these people and what pulls them to church on this day? Ash Wednesday is absent the big festive celebrations of Christmas and Easter, another time we see lots of strangers. In fact, Ash Wednesday is a kind of anti-celebration.

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Ashes to Go

Posted by Heather, February 12, 2016

Christ Church offered Ashes to Go at the King Street Metro station again this year. It was a cold day but our hearts were warm in sharing the message of God’s forgiveness as open to all who turn and seek it. In my fourth year of offering ashes at the metro station, I observed familiar things and experienced some new reactions. As cold and early as the day typically is, offering Ashes to Go is a great blessing to me – truly I received more than I give. Every year it is a delight to see people who walk with such purpose towards our group as we offer the ashes.

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A Different Kind of Fast

Posted by Matthew, February 4, 2016

With Ash Wednesday less than a week away, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’d like to take on as my Lenten discipline this year. When I was younger, I remember agonizing over what I was going to give up this year: Chocolate. No: TV. No: Soda. No: - and on, and on. You’d think it were a question of life and death.  

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A Slap on the Wrist or More?

Posted by Jason, January 20, 2016

One could easily be misled with the various news reports about what exactly happened at the meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion last week. I’ve winced reading news reports that were inaccurate, and I know that many of us have questions about what all of this will mean for the Episcopal Church over the coming years.

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The Ache of Love

Posted by Melanie, January 14, 2016

On Monday, January 11, 1999 I was a single parent of an 18-month old.  I worked full time as a supervisor of six home visitors for a program in Alexandria called Healthy Families.  Our goal was to prevent child abuse and neglect by doing home visits with individuals or families during pregnancy and staying with them until their child entered kindergarten.  The 125-140 families we visited were considered to be at very high-risk for abusing and neglecting their children.  It was an intense, but very rewarding job. I loved the work, I loved being a parent, but I was often exhausted with a toddler at home who rarely slept. I had so little time left over for anything other than eating and sleeping.

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