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Fantastic Humans and Where to Find Them

Posted by Santiago, 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.

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The Congregation in the Street: Weekly Interfaith Prayer and Presence

Posted by Heather, 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.

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Making Room and Seeing Who is Around You

Posted by Heather, November 12, 2015

Several years ago, I read a scholar commenting on the creation passage in Genesis 1. This person (whose name I cannot remember) observed that if God was all in all before the creation, that in the act of creating God would need to make room for the creation to exist. For there to be light, galaxies, stars, and planets, God would need to make room. For there to be water, land, and plants, God would need to make room. For there to be animals of all kind, as well as humanity, God makes room.

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Running with Joy!

Posted by Heather, September 23, 2015

I saw a beautiful sight on Sunday morning. I was rushing to get down into the Fowler House so that I could lead an orientation class for Sunday school parents but I was outpaced by a first grader. She was so excited for Sunday school and she yelled out, “I can’t wait for Sunday School!!!” She was in a place of delight, excitement, and anticipation for the new year of Sunday school. To my eyes, this was not just the energy of your average 6 or 7 year old. She knew she was coming into a place of joy, a place where she was know, a place where she was loved for who she is as a beloved child of God. And because she’s a first grader, that heart and head and soul knowledge flowed through her body into her running feet and her shout of excitement. 

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Third Sunday Fellowship Breakfasts

Posted by Heather, August 19, 2015

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 

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It's not a recessive trait

Posted by Heather, July 9, 2014

A few Sundays ago, June 29, the Episcopal Church had a voluntary day to stretch its capacity and participate in Social Media Sunday. Christ Church participated in this endeavor at all of its services. Some of you know this because you were there and are in one of the photos that I took during the announcements.

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Belonging

Posted by Mary Beth, January 29, 2014

For many of you, it’s probably been years, more likely decades, since you last stepped foot in a high school cafeteria. I graduated from high school in 2002, but have since visited many Northern Virginia high schools for lunch meetings with youth from Christ Church. I’ve come to learn that every school, whether big, small, public, private, urban, or rural-- it doesn’t matter--the cafeteria experience is almost always the same. Sure they might look different, but if you close your eyes, I bet you can picture your high school cafeteria and retrieve that emotional experience like it was yesterday.

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Strength for your Spiritual Journey

Posted by Heather, November 21, 2013

Last night, I had the joy of attending the Pay it Forward dinner at the final session of the fall Covenant Class. Members of the current Covenant Class were there to enjoy a dinner provided by the leaders and members of the most recent Covenant Class. There was a great buzz of conversation before and during dinner as old friends checked in with each other and new friends shared more about their day-to-day lives. A pregnancy was celebrated. A new job and the search for an Episcopal church closer to a new home were discussed. Networking happened. There was laughter, smiles, and joy.

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Open House Sunday

Posted by Pierce, August 21, 2013

Many churches across the land have homecoming Sundays in the first week of September – presumably to welcome back those who have been away on vacations and other kinds of activities to relax and recharge. We have changed this and now call it Open House Sunday. We encourage our folks to bring new people and families to church to receive the same spiritual benefit that we all enjoy at Christ Church and to learn about our partners in outreach and mission.

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George's Church

Posted by Heather, July 3, 2013

Last week was Vacation Bible School at Christ Church. It was a fantastic week with 100 kids and over 70 youth and adult volunteers to make the week work well for safety as well as learning about God’s love for everyone. Each day at VBS began and ended with worship in the historic church, requiring some preparation and clean up. As the worship director for the VBS, I spent A LOT of time in the church last week and so I also had the chance to give a number of impromptu tours of the church.

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