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Just Breathe

Posted by Pierce, April 23, 2014

The announcement of my retirement to the Christ Church family has in so many ways brought me up short. I’m aware that I’m not always breathing and how I was reminded of the most profound of all spiritual practices—breathing. Mindful breathing is a discipline with more power and resources than most would expect.

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Eggs

Posted by Mary Beth, April 10, 2014

In just over a week, children wearing their Sunday best and carrying baskets will run around the churchyard searching for Easter Eggs. In fact Christ Church (with a little help from the Easter Bunny of course) has 4,000 eggs ready to hide!

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Ash Wednesday 2014

Posted by Ann, March 7, 2014

One of the greatest gifts to me as a priest is the privilege to spend time with people as they are dying. To listen to their final thoughts and prayers, sometimes coherent, sometimes not. To match my own breathing with theirs. To hold hands with family and friends around the bed, to anoint with oil the forehead of someone right on the edge, to kiss the cheek of someone who has just passed over. It is as if I have one foot in this world and another in the next. And it always feels hallowed and beautiful.

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Eat that Frog

Posted by Mary Beth, March 5, 2014

Saturday marked 6 months since Chris and I got married. It’s common knowledge that after any newlywed couple gets home from their honeymoon they are faced with writing thank you notes for all the generous wedding gifts they received.

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Love: An Act of Will (Sermon from February 23)

Posted by Ann, March 5, 2014

And so the great thaw has begun. This week, in our wild and variable weather patterns we only had the threat of a tornado. Many of us have found ourselves positively giddy at temperatures in the mid-60’s. It feels different in your body, doesn’t it? It feels free. We are naturally more relaxed. My shoulders, which have been hunched against the cold since Christmas, are finally able to let go in the warm breeze and sunshine.

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Aligned with God’s Flow

Posted by Ann, February 26, 2014

Mini-Spiritual Direction with Rev. Ann

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Reunion

Posted by Ann, January 22, 2014

This past weekend I went to a reunion of my cabin at camp. I am now 56. The last time this group of girls saw one another we were 13. A profoundly formative experience for all of us, Killooleet, in Hancock, Vermont, was your classic 8-week sleep away camp, complete with rustic cabins, hiking, swimming, shop, drama, campfires and lots of folk singing.

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A Healthy New Year

Posted by Pierce, January 22, 2014

You remember that business about your body is God’s temple? This is a new year. Perhaps we can be kind to our bodies so that we may better enjoy the spiritual gifts that God is trying to send our way. Here is some advice I came across recently from my chiropractor, Dr. Cynthia Durakis, that could benefit many of us as we launch healthy practices for the new year:

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A Healthy Advent

Posted by Pierce, December 11, 2013

You remember that business about your body being God’s temple? This Advent, perhaps we can be kind to our bodies so that we may better enjoy the spiritual gifts that God is trying to send our way. Here is some advice I came across recently that could benefit many of us as we approach the season of Advent.

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Don't Look Away

Posted by Ann, October 30, 2013

I saw the movie 12 Years a Slave over the weekend.  Based on a true story, it tells of a freed black man, Solomon Northup, living in Saratoga, NY, before the Civil War. A talented fiddler, he is lured to Washington, DC with the promise of work. Instead, he is kidnapped and taken to New Orleans where he is sold into slavery. 

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