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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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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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God Sightings - Invite and Engage

Posted by Heather, April 26, 2017

Sometimes it is the small encounters that allow for us to see God at work in the world and in our own lives.

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Ash Wednesday and Keeping Lent

Posted by Heather, March 2, 2017

I spent the early morning of Ash Wednesday at the King Street Metro, being glad that it was as warm as it was, and keeping my face set with an expression of warmth and open invitation. Over and over again I prayed and heard others who were there for Ashes to Go, Matt and Santiago, praying this prayer:

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Choose Life, Even in the Face of Hatred

Posted by Heather, January 11, 2017

In the midst of the various news of January 10 – the anticipation of the farewell address by President Obama and anticipation of a news conference by President-Elect Trump, bad weather both locally and across the country, and international news of continued strife in Syria, in Israel and Palestine, in Central America. In the midst of that news was a fairly quiet piece about the sentencing of Dylann Roof to death for his crimes.

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The Heart of Thanksgiving

Posted by Heather, November 23, 2016

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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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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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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Love, Care, and Laughter

Posted by Heather, May 18, 2016

One of our high school seniors is doing her May internship at Christ Church. As she wrote in her statement of interest for this project, “I am interested in understanding more about what is really involved in the operations of a church from ‘behind the scenes.’” As I write this, she’s had 2 days at the church and so far she has:

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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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