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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 1

Posted by Ann, February 4, 2013

Arriving in Jerusalem is an assault to the senses. The sunlight is bright and unfiltered, the air is clear. The sounds of birds and kids’ voices and car horns and calls to prayer compete for my attention with the smells of fresh-baked bread, incense, and car exhaust. How could I forget the glory of olives at every meal? Walking in the Old City, I lose my way easily, but my bones remember the hardness of these ancient stones.

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Released

Posted by Ann, January 23, 2013

At first glance, Barry looks like an aging rock star: pushing 50, spiky bleached hair, British accent, crooked teeth, an assortment of earrings and bracelets. He might have stepped right out of the R & R film spoof, Spinal Tap. What a first glance doesn’t tell you is that Barry has a Ph.D in Philosophy, he teaches at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena on the intersection of culture and art, and is now an Episcopal priest. He may have started out playing with the band AC/DC, but currently he delivers papers on Christianity in the 21st century, and leads an alternative worship service at one of the cardinal parishes in Los Angeles. 

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The Christ in Christ Church

Posted by Ann, December 19, 2012

Is there anything else to be said about the unspeakable tragedy of Newtown last Friday? I continue to be surprised by my own emotions of fear and anger and deep, heavy sadness. One minute I am fine.

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One Glorious Ratatouille

Posted by Ann, November 21, 2012

In Last Sunday’s NY Times Review section, there was a wry piece by Anne Lamott. She has always been one of my favorite nonfiction writers. Her humility and humor as she searches for meaning and faith have always been an irresistible combination for me. (She currently has a new book out on prayer called Help. Thanks. Wow.)

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Two priests went into a bar...

Posted by Ann, October 24, 2012

Recently, I spent a week in Ireland to celebrate my husband’s 60th birthday. One night we found ourselves in a postage stamp of a pub in a tiny town in county Limerick.

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Re-Leaf

Posted by Ann, September 26, 2012

These glorious, cooler first days of fall always feel like such a relief. A re-leaf! I always feel energized as the season begins. It’s wonderful to sleep with the windows open again and have the crisp air filling your lungs as you awaken.

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Winnie Varghese’s Article, Take Two

Posted by Ann, August 29, 2012

At the end of July, I wrote a blog that featured an essay about the Episcopal Church written by the Rev. Winnie Varghese. In the barrage of disparaging opinion pieces that proliferated following General Convention, I found Varghese’s words to articulate an accurate and affirming picture of the Episcopal Church that I know and love. In one paragraph however, she quotes Bobby Castle who says in essence the ones who disagree with the direction the church is moving and have left “are the ones that should go.”

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Summertime and the music is easy: Not!

Posted by Ann, August 2, 2012

Have you ever had the feeling of complete stimulation, creative challenge, and deep exhaustion, all while operating at the edges of your comfort zone? That is how I spent the week last week. I have just returned from teaching and leading worship at the Mississippi Conference on Church Music and Liturgy. The Mississippi Conference, in its 37th year, is designed primarily to support church musicians in smaller parishes, to expose them to new music, to feed their souls and to charge them up for another year of parish ministry. Every year they invite a clergy person and two renowned musicians to be the faculty. Together we decided on a theme in January and planned the music. Our theme was looking at the sometimes fraught relationships between clergy and church musicians.

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Opinions on our Church

Posted by Ann, July 23, 2012

Since General Convention, the Episcopal Church has been taking quite a beating on op-ed pages and in the blogosphere. I was particularly incensed by Ross Douthat’s (Washington Post, Sunday, July 15) suggestion that we are losing numbers because of our liberal tendencies and lack of theology.

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The Busy Trap

Posted by Ann, July 3, 2012

OK, I am completely convicted by the Sunday, July 1, NY Times op-ed piece by Time Kreider called The Busy Trap. Just that morning at church, I had twice responded to a parishioner’s question, How are you?, with not one but two of his “default responses:” I had answered, “Crazy busy,” to one and “exhausted,” to the other. Even now, as I reread the article, my mind is throwing up all kinds of excuses like: “ A priest’s work is never done.” Or the defense: “But it’s really true!”

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