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Anniversary of Note

Posted by Ann, July 12, 2017

Ten years ago this week, I began my time as one of your ministers at Christ Church. I had just graduated from seminary and was ordained a deacon from the Diocese of Los Angeles on June 4, 2007. The first few months were a pretty steep learning curve; there is much they don’t teach you in seminary about what to expect in parish ministry. And Christ Church is a busy and complex place. At that time, we had eight clergy: four full-time and four Lilly residents. I had barely worked in an office before I got here, so just navigating the staff was a challenge. Before long, I wasn’t at all sure I was cut out to be a priest. (My ordination to the priesthood would not happen until December 2007.)

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Not my circus, not my monkeys

Posted by Ann, May 24, 2017

The “Greatest Show on Earth” closed its doors last Sunday. After 146 years of traipsing across the country on a mile-long train, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus offered its last show on Long Island. Financial woes and changing tastes in entertainment are assigned as the cause. Being the target of fervent animal rights protesters also took its toll. The company could no longer make enough money to support its 300 cast and crew members.

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Christ Church as Midwife

Posted by Ann, April 5, 2017

When my call to the priesthood first came in, it was born with a twin, to be a writer. I paid a lot of attention to the priest part for the first seven years and not much time developing myself as a writer. When I was granted a sabbatical in 2015, I began a creative writing program through Seattle Pacific University. It is the only low-residency writing program in the country that is also explicitly Christian. It attracts the most incredible people I have ever met. All of us so different, from all walks of life, but we all share two things: a love for God and a need to make Art through writing.

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Walk in Love

Posted by Ann, February 8, 2017

“Walk in love” was the theme of last week’s Diocese of Virginia Convention. We heard lots of stories and saw a wonderful video about ways our diocese is walking in love:

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Hope & Resilience

Posted by Ann, December 14, 2016

From the cowardice that shrinks from new truth, from the laziness that is content with half-truths, from the arrogance which thinks it knows all truth, O God of Truth, deliver us! ~ an African Prayer

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Notes from the Mountain – Dare to Enjoy Your Life!

Posted by Ann, October 20, 2016

I just got home  from a two-day clergy retreat up at Shrine Mont. The presenters this time were two brothers from SSJE. Christ Church has a long-standing relationship with the brothers from SSJE, but in case you don’t know what that stands for it is the Society of St. John the Evangelist. They are an Episcopal order of monks and they are the most loving, coolest people I know. 

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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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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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For What I Thirst

Posted by Ann, June 17, 2016

Last night I attended a prayer vigil for the Orlando victims and in solidarity with the LGBTQ community. Rev. Chuck McCoart of Emmanuel Church on Russell Road reflected on our thirst for Christ in the Gospel of John. He then asked us to take a few minutes to write down some things that we thirst for. In no particular order, here’s my list:

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