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A Blessing

Posted by Pierce, April 22, 2013

Sunday night at our 5:00 p.m. service, we blessed the union of Melissa Capers and Bruni Hernandez. In keeping with our mission that Christ Church is a welcoming, open, and inclusive congregation and recognizing that our membership represents a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, political affiliations, family configurations, sexual orientations, abilities, and religious traditions, this is one more milestone that acts on our words. We are single, married, partnered, divorced, widowed, re-married, gay and lesbian, with and without children, empty nesters, old and young, and differently gifted. You name it—we’re here.

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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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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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Tend to your soul

Posted by Pierce, March 15, 2013

When we think of ourselves and our children, there are powerful instincts to gather resources and to provide vitality and direction in body and mind. So we stay active, opportunistic, and find the best programs for education in order to succeed. Why are we not as dedicated to the care of our souls? Pressures from schedules, ambitions, and the need to appear “with it” relegate the cultivation of one’s soul to the minor leagues of life’s priorities. The soul, like our brains and body, deserves resources to become an ally and partner in the strength of our ability to meet challenges, garner decisions, and make a contribution to those institutions and people we affect.

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Habent Papum – They have a pope

Posted by Heather, March 14, 2013

While I had not even considered watching the papal conclave stovepipe live streaming webcam, I must admit that I felt a rush of excitement when someone on the second floor of Christ Church’s offices announced, “We have a pope!” I wondered who was elected, what he will be like, and will he bring reform into an institution (the worldwide Roman Catholic Church) that is in deep need of some reform. (His choice of name, Pope Francis, gives me hope!) I wondered how he will direct those participating in the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC – the pathway for having ecumenical dialogue between the worldwide Anglican Communion and the worldwide Roman Catholic Church). It is good to have someone in the role of spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Snow

Posted by Pierce, March 6, 2013

If you are a snow lover like me, it’s been disappointing to say the least. Finally we get what everybody else has enjoyed in repeated fashion since November. Snow was what captivated me since the time I was a child. We lived in the snowbelt, so from October to April, from the first tear drop flakes to the last unexpected blast around Easter, snow fell often and for me, happily, at regular intervals. Even trudging through my paper route before breakfast or hoisting myself over ice drifts on my way to school was worth the effort. At night I would gaze from my bedroom window at the beauty and mystery of snow falling.

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I wonder what’s next

Posted by Jason, January 31, 2013

I went with a friend last week to see the movie Quartet with a friend. The movie was quite good, and I recommend it. Don’t worry, I’m not going to give any spoilers away in this post. The setting of the movie is a retirement home which caters specifically to musicians, and the movie centers around the retirement of a notable opera singer (played by the incomparable Maggie Smith) to this home. The plot features the typical struggle of old age, and the acceptance that one can no longer do what one could at a younger age. This is especially true of singers.

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Released

Posted by Ann, January 23, 2013

At first glance, Barry looks like an aging rock star: pushing 50, spiky bleached hair, British accent, crooked teeth, an assortment of earrings and bracelets. He might have stepped right out of the R & R film spoof, Spinal Tap. What a first glance doesn’t tell you is that Barry has a Ph.D in Philosophy, he teaches at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena on the intersection of culture and art, and is now an Episcopal priest. He may have started out playing with the band AC/DC, but currently he delivers papers on Christianity in the 21st century, and leads an alternative worship service at one of the cardinal parishes in Los Angeles. 

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So what about those Nones…

Posted by Heather, January 16, 2013

I don’t think it will be surprising to any of you that I am an NPR junkie. I listen to it in the morning when getting ready for the day and getting the girls off to school. I listen to it in the evening while making dinner. And I enjoy catching different shows in the middle of the day on my day off.

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