What Are You Chasing?
, March 22, 2017
Legendary preacher Fred Craddock tells a great story about a conversation he had with a greyhound once. I’m a big fan of greyhounds. I used to have a retired racer and she was a wonderful, devoted friend to me. Craddock’s story about his conversation with a greyhound speaks volumes to me during the season of Lent. What are you chasing?
Loaves and Fishes - Watermelon and Flowers
, March 15, 2017
At Christ Church we have many stories to tell, as we are part of a vibrant life in the Alexandria community. In outreach we encounter our brothers and sisters in need every week and we hold them up in various ways. Many parishioners don't realize that our weekly Lazarus Food Pantry by design is a complete act of faith. Each week we don't know how much food will be donated, we don't require that volunteers sign-up (but hope they will) and we don't know how many guests will come in need of food. Talk about a test of nerves!
Ash Wednesday and Keeping Lent
, March 2, 2017
I spent the early morning of Ash Wednesday at the King Street Metro, being glad that it was as warm as it was, and keeping my face set with an expression of warmth and open invitation. Over and over again I prayed and heard others who were there for Ashes to Go, Matt and Santiago, praying this prayer:
Walk in Love
, February 8, 2017
“Walk in love” was the theme of last week’s Diocese of Virginia Convention. We heard lots of stories and saw a wonderful video about ways our diocese is walking in love:
Choose Life, Even in the Face of Hatred
, January 11, 2017
In the midst of the various news of January 10 – the anticipation of the farewell address by President Obama and anticipation of a news conference by President-Elect Trump, bad weather both locally and across the country, and international news of continued strife in Syria, in Israel and Palestine, in Central America. In the midst of that news was a fairly quiet piece about the sentencing of Dylann Roof to death for his crimes.
What Does the Lord Require of You...
, November 10, 2016
What does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6.8
The Gospels: Fact and Mystery
, September 28, 2016
I did not go to church this past Sunday; I however did go to my prayer table, I lit some candles and pulled up the lectionary page on my phone. I opened my bible, I wanted to read and hear what you were reading and hearing.
New Beginnings and the Pause
, September 7, 2016
It is the first week of school for my family – both my daughters and my husband in his work as a professor. New adventures await and they are excited for those. But there is also caution and a bit of sarcasm from the girls. Hmm, perhaps we shouldn’t have watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off so close to the end of vacation… But one of the things that Matthew Broderick’s character says has some deep relevance to the life of faith:
Special Guest Blogger: Youth on a Mission
, August 25, 2016
This week features a special blog post from Rebecca, one of our youth, and her recent summer mission trip.
With Love and Misconceptions from Honduras
, July 20, 2016
Ten years ago, before I worked as a priest at Christ Church, I came to Honduras to attend a Spanish-language immersion program offered at Our Little Roses Home for Girls in San Pedro Sula. That summer I had the delight of meeting those who were on the annual Christ Church OLR mission trip. This summer, I have journeyed here with Christ Church’s 26th mission trip as their priest and chaplain. It is incredible to return to this land of extremes: extreme poverty, extreme friendliness, extreme heat, extreme rainstorms, extreme natural beauty, and trash everywhere you look. The moment you arrive at the airport and see the many Christian mission groups in their matching t-shirts lined up in the customs line, you know you’re in for an adventure.