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Reflections on the March on Washington

Posted by Ann, August 9, 2013

The August I turned six, my parents walked in the March on Washington. I didn’t understand why it was so important that my parents go to Washington to be part of the March, but I sensed the heightened anxiety around it. Theirs and mine. They were concerned enough about their safety that new wills were drawn up so that if anything happened to them, we would be raised by my Aunt Alice. That was a scary prospect. While they were gone, my brother and I stayed with her. She was cool and aloof, not particularly mother-y even though she had several children of her own.

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Here She Comes!

Posted by Jason, June 19, 2013

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Legacies

Posted by Ann, June 12, 2013

Next weekend, my husband, Jeff, and I will fly to Maine for a family celebration of my Uncle Stuart’s 100th birthday. He is the second of my dad’s brothers to reach the century mark. We celebrated my Uncle Hazard’s 100th birthday three summers ago in New York City. Hazard died about six months later. He had trouble seeing, but he was still spending a few hours in his office on Wall St. every day until two weeks before he died.

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Take a Pause

Posted by Heather, June 5, 2013

We’ve had a dog, Midnight, for nearly a year now. While I can’t say that I always enjoy taking her for a walk, lately it has been a delight. For me, these dog walks are a chance to just be and to pay attention. We walk the same path most of the time. I don’t listen to music and I try to not talk on the phone. Earlier this week I saw my first lightning bug (firefly) of the season – exclaiming “Oooh, a lightning bug!” out loud for no one except Midnight to hear. There are small moments of seeing God’s love and wonder in creation on those walks, as long as I remember to pause and be present where I am.

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Likewise the Spirit

Posted by Ann, May 15, 2013

At a staff meeting yesterday, my colleague, the Rev. Heather VanDeventer said, “Oh, we forgot to send out a prayer to the parish about the shootings in New Orleans. We sent something out after Newtown. We sent something out after Boston. We sent something out after the explosion in Texas.”

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Just Ask ...

Posted by Heather, May 9, 2013

I have been away for the past few days at Shrine Mont, the camp and conference center for the Diocese of Virginia. Twice a year the bishops of the Diocese of Virginia invite the clergy to pause from day to day life and take time together. The spring conference is always open to lay staff at churches, as well as spouses, partners, and (preschool) children of clergy and lay staff. Five of us from Christ Church went to the spring conference, which is part conference and part R&R.

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Standing Strong with Boston

Posted by Pierce, April 18, 2013

The bombing of the finish line at the Boston Marathon broke all our hearts. Very soon we will be seeing the funerals and interviews of the victims who have been injured. Funerals take place in churches and many of the persons interviewed will be speaking from a faith perspective. Thus we are reminded what congregations and religious leaders do at such times. Congregations, synagogues, and temples are places where people turn to pick up the pieces of their lives broken by violence. It’s where the funerals are held and our grief work is conducted. These are important and needed roles that houses of worship have played for centuries.

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Psalm 13

Posted by Ann, April 16, 2013

After checking to make sure that two friends who were running the Boston Marathon were OK, my husband, 20-year-old daughter, and I sat down to watch the CNN coverage of the bomb blasts in Boston. But we were switching back and forth between CNN and the Nats/Marlins game. The Nats were making up for their discouraging show against Atlanta over the weekend and were up 8-0 and we needed some good news. Can you become inured to horror? Apparently.

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Spacematters

Posted by Heather, April 11, 2013

The death of Margaret Thatcher brought a flurry of news reports and postings of memories about the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. However, in the twitter-verse, the hashtag #nowthatchersdead was read by some not as a remark on the death of a world political figure – “now Thatcher’s dead.” Instead fans of the performer Cher were wondering whether the tweet was “now that Cher’s dead.”

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Love Will Win

Posted by Ann, March 28, 2013

It was an amazing day. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, it was clear and cold, but not snowing and raining as it had been the day before. We began worshiping at a 7:30 a.m. interfaith prayer service, where we heard things like the Muslim call to prayer in Arabic, the blowing of a shofar, the native American welcoming of the four directions of Mother Earth, and some wonderful Gospel singing. We remembered the death of those who died because they were LGBT, either by persecution or by suicide. We heard one pastor tell us that, “Love will find a way, because Love never gives up. Love gets up early in the morning!”

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