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Just Ask ...

Posted by Heather, May 9, 2013

I have been away for the past few days at Shrine Mont, the camp and conference center for the Diocese of Virginia. Twice a year the bishops of the Diocese of Virginia invite the clergy to pause from day to day life and take time together. The spring conference is always open to lay staff at churches, as well as spouses, partners, and (preschool) children of clergy and lay staff. Five of us from Christ Church went to the spring conference, which is part conference and part R&R.

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Spacematters

Posted by Heather, April 11, 2013

The death of Margaret Thatcher brought a flurry of news reports and postings of memories about the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. However, in the twitter-verse, the hashtag #nowthatchersdead was read by some not as a remark on the death of a world political figure – “now Thatcher’s dead.” Instead fans of the performer Cher were wondering whether the tweet was “now that Cher’s dead.”

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Habent Papum – They have a pope

Posted by Heather, March 14, 2013

While I had not even considered watching the papal conclave stovepipe live streaming webcam, I must admit that I felt a rush of excitement when someone on the second floor of Christ Church’s offices announced, “We have a pope!” I wondered who was elected, what he will be like, and will he bring reform into an institution (the worldwide Roman Catholic Church) that is in deep need of some reform. (His choice of name, Pope Francis, gives me hope!) I wondered how he will direct those participating in the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC – the pathway for having ecumenical dialogue between the worldwide Anglican Communion and the worldwide Roman Catholic Church). It is good to have someone in the role of spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

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The Ashes To Go Experience

Posted by Heather, February 15, 2013

My first interest in Ashes to Go was because I knew the priest, the Rev. Emily Mellot, who was developing the program. She was from the Diocese of Chicago and was a student at Church Divinity School of the Pacific when David was on faculty there. I figured that if Emily was doing it, it was worth a second look. Then while we were attending St. George’s in Arlington, before I came on staff here at Christ Church, I suggested it to the rector there. St. George’s is one very short block away from the Virginia stop on the Orange line. They did not do it that year, but in 2012 St. George’s had a team at their metro stop. Their experience was great and some who encountered the Ashes to Go team at the metro joined them for the full Ash Wednesday worship experience that evening. Based on their experience and our interest at Christ Church to be more visible out in the community (beyond our fence banners!), it seemed that 2013 was the year for us to offer Ashes to Go.

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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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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 Tough Conversations

Posted by Heather, November 14, 2012

My father-in-law had an unexpected hospital visit last week. He is fine and life is returning to normal in their house. But it was one of those experiences where David and I really felt how far away we live from them (at the other end of the time zone) and how thankful we are for siblings who live closer and for the support of their church community. It was also a good time to talk about being proactive as a patient and on being clear about medical directives and end of life issues.

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It's a balancing act, not perfection

Posted by Heather, October 18, 2012

There was a commercial for a perfume, Enjoli, that I remember seeing a lot when I was growing up. It had a memorable jingle. As a beautiful woman walked towards the camera, she morphed from being dressed in a business suit to everyday shirt with a skillet to slinky dress.

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Sticks, Stones, Words

Posted by Heather, September 21, 2012

You know the old phrase and you yourself may have said it on the playground, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me.” Yet we also know that words do hurt when used in misguided ways, both on the playground and in the wider world. Words do hurt and can cause destruction, as we have been seeing across north Africa, the Arabian peninsula, and the Islamic world.

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Sunday into Monday and Beyond

Posted by Heather, August 23, 2012

There are many blues and country-western songs that reference the dichotomy between what you do on those wild weekend nights and what you do on Sunday morning. Lyle Lovett sings “You went to church on Sunday” to which the backup chorus hums in agreement, then sings, “ You got drunk the night before,” and the chorus moans in agreement. You can imagine the chorus shaking their heads. Now, I’m not so worried about folks going beyond the pale on Friday and Saturday nights. I am sure that it happens now and then and it is important to address in your life if you are partying too much. But for me, the bigger question is how does Sunday stick around into Monday and beyond?

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