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It's not a recessive trait

Posted by Heather, July 9, 2014

A few Sundays ago, June 29, the Episcopal Church had a voluntary day to stretch its capacity and participate in Social Media Sunday. Christ Church participated in this endeavor at all of its services. Some of you know this because you were there and are in one of the photos that I took during the announcements.

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Gone Missing

Posted by Jason, May 21, 2014

Two of the dominant news stories of the past month have dealt with the "missing." First is the missing Malaysian airline and secondly, the missing Nigerian girls (let us all continue to pray for their safety and their return). Additional newsmakers over the past few weeks seem to be "missing" some common sense with their absurd/offensive comments, and it seems that civil bipartisanship is missing in our government. 

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What buildings can do

Posted by Pierce, February 12, 2014

My mother was an artist in watercolors and oils and growing up she instilled in me her sense of design and perspective. I was always drawing plans—whether it was for a building, church, school or a skyscraper—and in high school a teacher found me a part time job with an architect. When I was in divinity school, the whole university was open to me, and I occasionally took architecture classes. So to this day, I keep my eye on developments in that field.

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Strength for your Spiritual Journey

Posted by Heather, November 21, 2013

Last night, I had the joy of attending the Pay it Forward dinner at the final session of the fall Covenant Class. Members of the current Covenant Class were there to enjoy a dinner provided by the leaders and members of the most recent Covenant Class. There was a great buzz of conversation before and during dinner as old friends checked in with each other and new friends shared more about their day-to-day lives. A pregnancy was celebrated. A new job and the search for an Episcopal church closer to a new home were discussed. Networking happened. There was laughter, smiles, and joy.

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Freedom from Fear

Posted by Heather, September 25, 2013

As I was preparing to preach at our Wednesday Eucharist on September 11th, I kept being drawn back to memories from high school history classes about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s State of the Union address from January 6, 1941. This speech, given before the United States had been attacked at Pearl Harbor but after we had heard the stories of atrocities against Jews and seen the fighting that was happening in Europe, was preparing the country for the possibility and necessity of engaging in the war. At the end of the speech, President Roosevelt refers to four essential human freedoms – this is the part that sticks in the back of my mind. He wrote this:

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Consumer or Servant?

Posted by Pierce, July 24, 2013

We have all been reading in national journals about the waning fortunes of mainline churches. These articles describe, it seems, with pundit glee how Episcopalians and their Presbyterian, Methodist, United Church of Christ, Catholic and now even Baptist peers are losing their potency on the American scene. Evangelical journals suggest that it is the adoption of progressive political views that have caused the decline.

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George's Church

Posted by Heather, July 3, 2013

Last week was Vacation Bible School at Christ Church. It was a fantastic week with 100 kids and over 70 youth and adult volunteers to make the week work well for safety as well as learning about God’s love for everyone. Each day at VBS began and ended with worship in the historic church, requiring some preparation and clean up. As the worship director for the VBS, I spent A LOT of time in the church last week and so I also had the chance to give a number of impromptu tours of the church.

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Life in the Churchyard

Posted by Pierce, June 7, 2013

Next to the National Cathedral, I believe Christ Church Alexandria may be the most photographed church in the country. During tourist season, we can have as many as 2,000 people move in and out of the church in a week. As I come and go, there isn’t a time when I don’t see someone holding a camera in the direction of our sanctuary.

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Reach for God

Posted by Pierce, May 29, 2013

In the last 30 years, neuroscience has contributed much to our understanding of human identity, passion, and aspiration. Brain scan studies are revealing some amazing things about how we think, what we cherish, and why we pursue a particular direction in life.

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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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