Lenten Marriage Project: Communication that Connects
, March 8, 2017
In our marriage, Julie and I have noticed that unattended tension shows its ugly face in our morning routine. The stress of the day(s) before, including parenting disagreements, dealing with a hectic schedule, and not making enough time for the other can bubble over into the morning. That coupled with the rush to get ready and out the door can put us in a less-than-loving mood.
Walk in Love
, February 8, 2017
“Walk in love” was the theme of last week’s Diocese of Virginia Convention. We heard lots of stories and saw a wonderful video about ways our diocese is walking in love:
The Eternal Populist
, January 25, 2017
This week's blog is a special guest post from Jim Sanders, a member of Christ Church for 33 years. Last summer I put out a call to the congregation for donations of wrist watches to give out to our homeless brothers and sisters who often do not know what time it is in order to get their meals and take their medications. Jim Sanders came by the office. He was holding a brand-new watch that he bought for us to giveaway.
, January 18, 2017
My wife Julie and I have known each other for three years. I wish we remembered the exact date. We don’t. We know it was either the second or fourth Wednesday in October of 2013 – around noon. We remember this because we know the exact place we met: the Toastmasters club at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
Fantastic Humans and Where to Find Them
, November 30, 2016
It's 1926. An absentminded magizoologist named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York City. As Scamander disembarks at Ellis Island, a customs official questions him about the contents of his suitcase. The expanding suitcase is full of magical livestock, but Newt is able to hide the magic from the No-Maj (muggle or non-magical) official. Among the fantastic beasts in his suitcase: a nifler (a mischievous platypus-looking creature with an attachment to sparkling objects); several occamys (aggressive winged serpents with the ability to shift size); a thunderbird (a giant eagle with the ability to create storms); and a variety of other magical creatures.
The Congregation in the Street: Weekly Interfaith Prayer and Presence
, July 28, 2016
After I preached a couple of weeks ago (July 10), discussing the role of race in our society and confessing my own white privilege and use of it, a parishioner said to me -- I'm waiting for the second half of your sermon, the what comes next. I'd been praying about that for a several of weeks now. What can I do personally to enter into positive and open discussions about race, racism, and white privilege, especially at the intersection with violence? What can our congregation, Christ Church, do to make present and living God's reign, God's kingdom and the Beloved Community that it is supposed to be? I think we did one small but tangible step towards living into the Beloved Community last Sunday.
For What I Thirst
, June 17, 2016
Last night I attended a prayer vigil for the Orlando victims and in solidarity with the LGBTQ community. Rev. Chuck McCoart of Emmanuel Church on Russell Road reflected on our thirst for Christ in the Gospel of John. He then asked us to take a few minutes to write down some things that we thirst for. In no particular order, here’s my list:
Love, Care, and Laughter
, 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:
Live Deeply Into Easter
, 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.
All You Need is Love
, February 23, 2016
It’s a big election year and all the media and online chatter seems to be focused on who is best qualified to be our next leader. I won’t risk getting political here, but I am more than willing to boast that, as an Episcopalian, I am thrilled with our church’s leader – Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop. Recently, I had the good fortune to hear him speak at the National Press Club. He was there thanks to the generous invitation/work of Christ Church parishioner, Susan Hahn.