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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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Anniversary of Note

Posted by Ann, July 12, 2017

Ten years ago this week, I began my time as one of your ministers at Christ Church. I had just graduated from seminary and was ordained a deacon from the Diocese of Los Angeles on June 4, 2007. The first few months were a pretty steep learning curve; there is much they don’t teach you in seminary about what to expect in parish ministry. And Christ Church is a busy and complex place. At that time, we had eight clergy: four full-time and four Lilly residents. I had barely worked in an office before I got here, so just navigating the staff was a challenge. Before long, I wasn’t at all sure I was cut out to be a priest. (My ordination to the priesthood would not happen until December 2007.)

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All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

Posted by Guest, June 21, 2017

Today's blog post is courtesy of parishioner Brian Wommack. Brian delivered a sermon at Shrine Mont this past weekend, and the text of that sermon is below:

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The Alexandria Shooting

Posted by Noelle, June 14, 2017

My prayers are lifted today for those injured in the shooting incident in Del Ray, particularly Steve Scalise, Zach Barth, Roger Williams, Matt Mika, David Bailey and Krystal Griner. I also raise my prayers to God for those who rushed in to help, particularly the U.S. Capitol Police, Alexandria Police, and medical personnel, who regularly put their own lives in jeopardy in order to protect and save the lives of others. I grieve for our communities, for innocence lost and for a delicate peace broken. I pray for the shooter and for the anger and brokenness that lead him to believe that violence was his only recourse.

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Dismantling Racism with a Chainsaw

Posted by Santiago, May 3, 2017

Like a young George Washington with his trusty ax, a member of our youth group prepared to limb the felled tree with a chainsaw. M took in the sights of this local cemetery. He placed the saw on the ground and pulled the starter rope. Vroom! The chainsaw started. M was on his way to creating a more inclusive community – with the help of a chainsaw.

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