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Blessed Little Thoughts

Posted by Noelle, July 5, 2017

Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski, an Hasidic rabbi and psychiatrist, offers in this video what a colleague of mine once called a BLT, a “blessed little thought”, about self-love and giving. In our culture of “what’s in it for me?”, how do we avoid practicing what Twerski calls “fish love”? In what ways have you given of your love by giving of yourself?

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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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I Believe I am So Called

Posted by Matthew, June 1, 2017

I am delighted to announce that the Right Reverend Edwin F. Gulick Jr. has admitted me as a postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. I have formally started a period of preparation alongside Bishop Gulick leading, God willing, towards ordination to the priesthood.

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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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What Are You Chasing?

Posted by Noelle, 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?

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Choose Life, Even in the Face of Hatred

Posted by Heather, 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.

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The Heart of Thanksgiving

Posted by Heather, November 23, 2016

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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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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New Beginnings and the Pause

Posted by Heather, 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:

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And All of Them Shall Ye Catch

Posted by Matthew, July 13, 2016

Last night, I found myself visiting a park in downtown DC that I’d seen but hadn’t visited. It was a nice park, familiar to anyone who’s ever binge-watched Netflix’s House of Cards, where it’s featured prominently in the opening credits. As I walked around the small, lush, square, I chatted with some of the 20 people who were also there - we ranged in age from about 7 to somewhere in the mid-forties. We all had different backgrounds and experiences. We had different lines of work and lived in different parts of the city. But we were all there to catch Pokémon.

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