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Common Ground

Posted by Lyndon, June 15, 2018

On the eve of the first Easter, two travel companions are joined by an inquisitive stranger. Amid the short pilgrimage, the outsider asks to hear news from Jerusalem, so they respond: “are you the only stranger who doesn’t know the things that have happened here?”

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With Pride

Posted by Matthew, June 7, 2018

On June 28, 1969, the NYPD raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. Following the lead of trans women of color - including the legendary Marsha P. Johnson - the crowd of onlookers fought back against the harassment and police brutality which had plagued the LGBTQ community for decades. The Stonewall Riots are remembered as one of the inciting incidents of the early LGTBQ Rights Movement.

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So you think you know Christ Church?

Posted by Heather, May 30, 2018

I’m guessing that you’ve seen the commercial that promotes AARP and tries to get those in the over 55 but under 85 category to consider how they might be a part of AARP after all. Now I’m not in that category (yet) but this commercial, along with commercials by Buick and others over the past few years, are trying to get the general public to take another look at an organization or a thing, saying they are different from their stereotype. As I look back over my seven-year ministry at Christ Church, I think I could produce a similar commercial about Christ Church.

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Bishop Curry’s Sermon and Letters to Our Little Roses

Posted by Santiago, May 22, 2018

A few days ago, billions of people tuned in to watch a fairy tale. We cheered and teared up as we celebrated Harry and Meghan's wedding. For me, it was the fiery sermon by Bishop Michael Curry that put love at the center of the celebration.

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Kids Nowadays

Posted by Santiago, March 23, 2018

Wow. I stopped scrolling through my Facebook feed to read what my friend Roger had posted. "Kids nowadays", he started. I thought he was complaining about kids of this generation losing their manners or acting weird. Boy, was I wrong. "Kids nowadays: These kids today are making the world a better place. A safer place." The post was accompanied by a photo of Parkland student Emma Gonzalez (@Emma4Change) holding a sign: #NeverAgain.

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Walking the Middle Ground and Marching for our Lives

Posted by Heather, March 1, 2018

On the first Sunday in Lent, part of my sermon focused on gun violence, what I see as our nation’s obsession with guns and how that is connected to the second renunciation in the baptism liturgy, and about finding the middle ground for a conversation about guns and gun violence in our nation. Out of the mass shooting and deaths of 14 youth and three adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, our nation has seen two sets of responses. One set has come from the usual sources on their usual sides – and without much middle ground from either those who promote a right to bear arms/guns in the Second Amendment as being without restrictions or from those who promote only having arms/guns as being in the hands of the police and other civil and military authorities.

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AA Changed My Life

Posted by Santiago, January 17, 2018

In a tiny coffee shop in Toronto, my friend Pierre* asked me to accompany him to his first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. He wore a tan corduroy jacket, and he fidgeted with the fleece collar as he explained how nervous he was about going to the meeting. He had spent the night before looking for an A.A. venue in Toronto where no one would recognize him. He settled for a meeting in the basement of a church in the North West. I told him I was happy to accompany him. Pierre smiled at that. But I had lied. I had no desire to attend an A.A. meeting. I didn’t have a drinking problem, but I was afraid the meeting would force me to ponder about my own unhealthy habits.

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Five Lessons I Learned Running My First Marathon

Posted by Santiago, November 15, 2017

I stood outside the Pentagon as dawn rose and thousands of runners made their way to the starting line. I walked up toward the start line and assembled myself at the corral for my projected time. Showered with red dawn light, I warmed up and said a prayer. As paratroopers rained on us waving giant American flags, I updated my Facebook status and waited for the cannon that would mark the start of the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon.

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Circles of Prayer

Posted by Heather, November 9, 2017

As many of you know, I have been part of a prayer circle that started in response to violent deaths a short ten blocks from Christ Church. For fifteen months we gathered weekly to pray at 3:00 p.m. A variety of people have come across those Sundays, including some who live in the neighborhood. After a period of discernment, the core of the prayer circle has decided that we will now gather to pray together in that spot on the first Sunday of the month, rather than weekly. I invite you to come at 3:00 p.m. on December 3 to join the circle.

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Charlottesville

Posted by Noelle, August 18, 2017

After spending a beautiful Saturday outside with my family, paddleboarding and skateboarding in the gorgeous weather, I flopped down on the couch and opened social media to discover the horror show that occurred in Charlottesville earlier in the day.

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