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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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Praying for Others and Meaning It

Posted by Melanie, July 6, 2016

Evelyn Underhill writes ‘What, then, is Prayer? In a most general sense, it is the intercourse of our little human souls with God. Therefore, it includes all the work done by God Himself through, in, and with souls which are self-given to Him in prayer…. Prayer is a purely spiritual activity; and its real doer is God Himself, the one inciter and mover of our souls.’

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Practicing Metanoia

Posted by John, June 23, 2016

In reaction to the horrific murder of 49 persons and the maiming of even more in a nightclub in Orlando, an outpouring of passionate responses—vigils, prayer services, blogs, editorials in the media around the world--including Bishops of the Episcopal Church---have appeared. These responses range from expression of condolence, love and support, to outrage. In all of them is the hope that the time for change has come, that America and Americans of all colors, creeds and faiths will embrace metanoia,

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In the meantime...

Posted by Ann, April 14, 2016

The season of Easter always feels like the celebration of a new year to me because we cannot ignore the dizzying, liberating possibilities for new life that Christ’s resurrection holds for us. Brother Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE, said, as Christians we cannot escape the reality that “because He lives, we live also.” I wonder what resurrection looks like for you? What are you going to do with your new life?

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Calling up and Bringing up “Little Christs” part 2

Posted by Melanie, March 9, 2016

The three perspectives I wrote about last week - hope, reciprocity and shared responsibility - help keep us get close to God and nearer to finding that best part of ourselves that is called serve others, i.e. our own “Little Christ.” I have to re-anchor myself to these perspectives all the time, it’s not a onetime shift in perspective. 

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The Consecration of a New Chapel

Posted by Ann, October 14, 2015

What does it mean to consecrate something? At the Holy Table, the priest, along with the assent of the people, consecrates the bread and wine and after that somehow mysteriously they hold the presence of Jesus Christ where before they were merely Taylor Cream Sherry and paper-like wafers of bread. The priest is the presider, but it is God who does the actual transforming. Perhaps that is similar to consecrating the new Immanuel Chapel at Virginia Theological Seminary. The old chapel went up in flames five Octobers ago.

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Letter from the Cathedral

Posted by Melanie, June 3, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to attend a writing workshop at the National Cathedral taught by Barbara Brown Taylor, author of An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark and Nora Gallagher, author of Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic and Things Seen and Unseen.  Attending this workshop was exciting yet intimidating at the same time because we would have to actually write and share our writing during the workshop! It’s one of those things you know is coming and you wonder why you signed up, but then you are really glad you did.  Otherwise, how else do we learn?

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Sing your song! #MakeItHappen

Posted by Heather, March 11, 2015

What a wonderful celebration we had on Sunday for International Woman’s Day! There was powerful and challenging preaching by parishioner Pauline Muchina and the singing of familiar and new hymns written by women at the 10:00 a.m. worship service. At the international marketplace that followed, organized along with our partners at Empowered Women International, we were enriched, cheered, and challenged by the singing poetry of Anna Mwalago and the sharing of stories of the other women entrepreneurs. Across the day, we moved from strength to strength and from joy to joy.

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New Traditions

Posted by Chris, December 31, 2014

Here we are toward the end of “winter holidays” where school is still out, but the return is on the horizon, and new resolutions are being made. Some resolutions are the same, some are small, and some take a big mind shift. Family traditions are taking a big shift for me after this year.

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