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Saying Goodbye is hard….and yet it’s vitally important to do

Posted by Ann, February 7, 2018

Somebody stood in line this past Sunday to tell me they wouldn’t be here for my final Sunday, and then said, “But I am not saying ‘Goodbye.’ I’m saying ‘See you around.’” It was hard even for her to look me in the eye.  It’s true, we might bump into each other, he and I, but goodbyes are important and if we avoid them we miss out on something powerful.

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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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Christmas Treasures

Posted by Heather, January 11, 2018

A couple of years ago, my mother and I pulled out of storage a beautiful dress winter coat that she had made for me when I was about ten years old. The coat is a red, loopy, wool-like fabric, with white “fur” edging the hood and cuffs, patch pockets, with a silver satin lining. It closes with “frogs,” not buttons – I remember that I thought frogs were so unique and beautiful when I was that age. We got it out of storage with the hope that one of my daughters might wear it.  The red coat has been worn a few times but the weird winter weather in Virginia meant that some years it was too wet or too warm to wear.

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Feeling Small in Sonoma

Posted by Ann, December 6, 2017

Over Thanksgiving week, my husband and I spent some time in Sonoma County. I had been asked to preside at the wedding of a childhood acquaintance and it afforded us a lovely getaway, a return to California where we met and turned into adults, but to a part, we had not spent a lot of time in before. Many people have asked if we saw evidence of the wildfires.

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Homage

Posted by Ann, October 18, 2017

Recently I returned from a whirlwind trip to London and Paris which was delightful and exhausting. It felt as if we were in perpetual motion. Here’s what I noticed about returning home.

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A Wedding in Vermont

Posted by Ann, August 30, 2017

Ten days ago, I presided at the wedding of my son, Spencer. It was a most mysterious and delicious mingling of my vocations as priest and mom. He and Heather have been together for nine years, so she has long been part of the family. I was honored when they asked me to officiate, but I was equally honored to be one of the girls invited to go wedding dress shopping.

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Grateful

Posted by Melanie, August 23, 2017

We had the incredible privilege of having high school and soon to be college intern Jonathan Amaya this past spring and part time this summer and he knocked it out of the park for Christ Church Outreach.  Jonathan, as he describes in the blog post, jumped in with both feet to help out with Bag Lunch, Lazarus Food Pantry and Lazarus Financial Ministry.  Part of what he describes so well is the transformative power and reciprocity of becoming part of a  community here at Christ church, through his mentors at school and the community and in turn helping others. That is one of my favorite parts of the work, being part of the transformation I witness in those we are helping and those who are doing the helping. To me it’s the closest we get to living the Gospel. - Melanie

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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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Not my circus, not my monkeys

Posted by Ann, May 24, 2017

The “Greatest Show on Earth” closed its doors last Sunday. After 146 years of traipsing across the country on a mile-long train, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus offered its last show on Long Island. Financial woes and changing tastes in entertainment are assigned as the cause. Being the target of fervent animal rights protesters also took its toll. The company could no longer make enough money to support its 300 cast and crew members.

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Loaves and Fishes - Watermelon and Flowers

Posted by Melanie, 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!

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