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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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What is Saving Your Life Right Now?

Posted by Ann, June 1, 2016

For the last month Prayer 101 has been meeting and we have been focusing solely on the form of contemplative prayer called Centering Prayer. Each week we sit quietly for fifteen minutes. When our minds get busy - which they inevitably do - we are encouraged to come back to God by saying a sacred word or phrase to ourselves. That’s it. That’s all Centering Prayer is. I have learned that I make it so much harder for myself than it needs to be.

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Love, Care, and Laughter

Posted by Heather, May 18, 2016

One of our high school seniors is doing her May internship at Christ Church. As she wrote in her statement of interest for this project, “I am interested in understanding more about what is really involved in the operations of a church from ‘behind the scenes.’” As I write this, she’s had 2 days at the church and so far she has:

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Fiestas and Feasts

Posted by Melanie, May 11, 2016

Parties are fun!  And Christ Church parties are super fun!  Last Friday evening we celebrated the Our Little Roses Mission and raised money to support the activities that are done with the girls on the trip.  The event was packed, the food was delicious and the fellowship was lovely.  I met so many parishioners I had not met before and we even had neighbors come and express excitement that we were hosting a Fiesta where the community was invited as well.

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Bearing the Seeds of New Life

Posted by John, May 4, 2016

One of the more vivid images in scripture is that of the mustard seed, the tiny seed capable of growing into a majestic tree. Jesus offers the mustard seed as a metaphor or illustration suggesting that this tiniest of seeds can produce a great flourishing, abundant shelter for more feathered friends than could be imagined.     

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Live Deeply Into Easter

Posted by Heather, March 30, 2016

Before moving too far into Eastertide, I invite you to look back for a moment to Maundy Thursday. It was an incredible evening at Christ Church. There is a movement in Paris of church services that do not worry about the length of the service -- the Mass that takes its time. That is very much not our usual mode at Christ Church. But on Maundy Thursday, we were in kairos time, not kronos time or time that is measured and marked by minutes and seconds.

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Getting Real in Lent

Posted by Ann, February 17, 2016

Every year on Ash Wednesday, I am surprised by the number of people in the pews whom I don’t recognize. Sometimes as much as half of the congregation are unfamiliar to me. That’s a big switch from Sundays. Who are all these people and what pulls them to church on this day? Ash Wednesday is absent the big festive celebrations of Christmas and Easter, another time we see lots of strangers. In fact, Ash Wednesday is a kind of anti-celebration.

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My Spiritual Playlist

Posted by Melanie, October 28, 2015

I have certain books I cannot be without and I bet you do as well. For me, after the NRSV version of the Bible, my list includes The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis; The Cloud of Unknowing (author unknown); The Practice of the Presence by Brother Lawrence; Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton; and The Testament of Devotion by Thomas R. Kelly.  I have many other beloved books in my spiritual library, but these serve as my cornerstones, my go-to’s, my playlist.

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