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Notes from the Mountain – Dare to Enjoy Your Life!

Posted by Ann, October 20, 2016

I just got home  from a two-day clergy retreat up at Shrine Mont. The presenters this time were two brothers from SSJE. Christ Church has a long-standing relationship with the brothers from SSJE, but in case you don’t know what that stands for it is the Society of St. John the Evangelist. They are an Episcopal order of monks and they are the most loving, coolest people I know. 

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The Boy With the Pull-Along Wagon

Posted by Santiago, October 6, 2016

On Thursday mornings, Lazarus food pantry volunteers distribute love in the form of smiles, warm greetings, and food to our neighbors in need in the City of Alexandria. The Meade Room is transformed into a mart of kindness and comestibles. One by one, our neighbors are warmly greeted by a love-in-motion coordinator and assigned a beatitudes-hero to guide them through tables with non-perishables, meats, vegetables, bread, and an assortment of fresh items.

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A Little Something for the Soul

Posted by Melanie, August 17, 2016

Greetings Christ Church and all readers!  As I prepare to leave tomorrow to take my last child to college I am scrambling to get all that must be done – done. I was sent this prayer a few minutes ago. So please read this lovely prayer and watch this short video my husband made from our balcony in Buxton, North Carolina a few weeks ago. The prayer and the video fill my heart and soul, I hope they speak to you as well. 

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Beyond the Expected: Trekking to Freedom

Posted by Santiago, August 3, 2016

Spoiler-averse types beware! If you haven't seen the film, do not read on. Don't do it. Ok, fine. Make my day. Read it.

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With Love and Misconceptions from Honduras

Posted by Ann, 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.

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Calling up and Bringing up “Little Christs” part 2

Posted by Melanie, March 9, 2016

The three perspectives I wrote about last week - hope, reciprocity and shared responsibility - help keep us get close to God and nearer to finding that best part of ourselves that is called serve others, i.e. our own “Little Christ.” I have to re-anchor myself to these perspectives all the time, it’s not a onetime shift in perspective. 

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Welcoming the Stranger, Praying for your Neighbors

Posted by Heather, December 23, 2015

Last Friday, my day in the office started with sharing words of blessing, encouragement, and welcome with the students in the New Neighbors English Language Learners program that Christ Church hosts and is run by a great local organization, the Campagna Center. They have 170 adult students this year, taking classes 3 mornings a week, along with a number of children in their nursery and preschool programs. The students come from many countries – Honduras, Japan, Morocco, Spain, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Korea, and Mexico – to name a few. Most are recent arrivals, with others have been here for 15 years.

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Collapsing Tables

Posted by Chris, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving arrives this week and brings a bevy of different emotions. Many will bemoan the travel, the consumerist tendencies clouding the holiday, and snap reactions on social media about trivial “wars” on different holidays. I will travel to Knoxville this weekend to be with my wife’s family. The house will be packed with a family I dearly love. We thoroughly enjoy this time. Relaxing, catching up, watching football and basketball (go Kentucky!), enjoying the fall air, and being with one another as we break bread.

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There's a Group For That

Posted by Chris, October 7, 2015

Christ Church is full of many types of groups. We have the Chancel Chapter, Liturgy Guild, One Sock On, SOD, etc. Recently I have taken on the task of revitalizing the 20/30 Vision group. This is a place for those that are commonly called “young adults.” I fit squarely in the middle of this group and I find it comforting to see others my age with an interest in Christ Church. 

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Running with Joy!

Posted by Heather, September 23, 2015

I saw a beautiful sight on Sunday morning. I was rushing to get down into the Fowler House so that I could lead an orientation class for Sunday school parents but I was outpaced by a first grader. She was so excited for Sunday school and she yelled out, “I can’t wait for Sunday School!!!” She was in a place of delight, excitement, and anticipation for the new year of Sunday school. To my eyes, this was not just the energy of your average 6 or 7 year old. She knew she was coming into a place of joy, a place where she was know, a place where she was loved for who she is as a beloved child of God. And because she’s a first grader, that heart and head and soul knowledge flowed through her body into her running feet and her shout of excitement. 

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