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Winter is Here

Posted by Matthew, July 19, 2017

Winter is here. At least, it is for the record-breaking 16 million viewers who turned in to watch the series premiere of Game of Thrones on Sunday night. By the end of the week, roughly 30 million people are expected to have watched “Dragonstone,” this week’s episode.

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I Believe I am So Called

Posted by Matthew, June 1, 2017

I am delighted to announce that the Right Reverend Edwin F. Gulick Jr. has admitted me as a postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. I have formally started a period of preparation alongside Bishop Gulick leading, God willing, towards ordination to the priesthood.

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What's Your Part in the Story?

Posted by Matthew, April 12, 2017

Surprising no one, I’ve been a huge Lady Gaga fan since she burst onto the national scene in 2008. I’ve long admired her for the way she infuses what might otherwise appear to be meaningless pop/dance music with a deep commitment to art and meaning.

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A Back to School Blessing

Posted by Matthew, September 14, 2016

I’ve always loved this time of year. September heralds the arrival of Fall (hands down my favorite season) and it finally starts to become socially acceptable to talk about Halloween costumes again. Most importantly, as a life-long nerd and former teacher, the start of September will always bring up fond memories of back-to-school.

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And All of Them Shall Ye Catch

Posted by Matthew, July 13, 2016

Last night, I found myself visiting a park in downtown DC that I’d seen but hadn’t visited. It was a nice park, familiar to anyone who’s ever binge-watched Netflix’s House of Cards, where it’s featured prominently in the opening credits. As I walked around the small, lush, square, I chatted with some of the 20 people who were also there - we ranged in age from about 7 to somewhere in the mid-forties. We all had different backgrounds and experiences. We had different lines of work and lived in different parts of the city. But we were all there to catch Pokémon.

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The Church at Work

Posted by Matthew, April 7, 2016

Last week, Sunday School resumed after taking a two-week hiatus for Holy Week. Around 8:45, Sunday School Leaders returned to pick up their rosters and make last minute preparations in their classrooms, while Room Parents stopped by to drop off snacks. As 9:00 a.m. drew ever closer, children and their families came down the stairs and made their ways to their classrooms.

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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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Now We Wait

Posted by Matthew, December 9, 2015

Growing up, Advent was a thrilling though exceedingly long four weeks. As a child, I eagerly counted down the days to Christmas, wishing the day would get here sooner. I’d learned that Advent was meant to be a time of preparation for Jesus’ coming, but all I knew was that time seemed to come to a halt each December. Christmas never seemed to come quickly enough. I had to wait.

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Come and Play

Posted by Matthew, October 21, 2015

Last Saturday, I found myself sitting cross-legged in a circle of adults, all of us on the floor of an immaculate elementary school classroom. It was around 8:30 in the morning. Way too early to be awake on a day off, let alone awake and sitting on the floor of someone else's classroom. I was beginning to think I should have, in fact, asked for that extra shot of espresso after all.

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