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For What I Thirst

Posted by Ann, 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:

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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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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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All You Need is Love

Posted by Jason, 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.

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The Ache of Love

Posted by Melanie, January 14, 2016

On Monday, January 11, 1999 I was a single parent of an 18-month old.  I worked full time as a supervisor of six home visitors for a program in Alexandria called Healthy Families.  Our goal was to prevent child abuse and neglect by doing home visits with individuals or families during pregnancy and staying with them until their child entered kindergarten.  The 125-140 families we visited were considered to be at very high-risk for abusing and neglecting their children.  It was an intense, but very rewarding job. I loved the work, I loved being a parent, but I was often exhausted with a toddler at home who rarely slept. I had so little time left over for anything other than eating and sleeping.

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The Shoe Tree

Posted by John, October 1, 2015

Preaching on the occasion of a wedding is an interesting exercise.  In my experience, whatever words the preacher offers on such a special day for the couple and their families are often “forgotten” in the solemnity of the exchange of sacred vows, as well as the overflowing effervescence and joy of the bride and groom and guests. 

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All of Us are Grass

Posted by Ann, January 7, 2015

On the cover of Atul Gawande’s new book called Being Mortal there is a single piece of grass. If you rub your fingers over it, you can feel that it is embossed, raised off the paper. Even though the picture of the blade appears raised because you can see its shadow, it actually has dimension if you touch it. Although there is nothing overtly religious about this book, it is one of the most theological books I have read in a long time, beginning with the subtle reference to Isaiah 40:6-7 on the cover.  The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it. Surely the people are grass. This was a brilliant design metaphor. Kudos to whomever came up with it. Even though we are all grass, each of us can have dimension and dignity until we die.

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The Contradictions of Christmas

Posted by Melanie, December 24, 2014

Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming". Here we are, another Advent, we are just two days away from celebrating the birth of Jesus, the reason for the season as we sometimes hear it referred to. In life we go from being the children who are the recipients of much of the fuss and preparation to being the ones who do the preparing.

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Marriage and the Movies

Posted by Ann, December 3, 2014

Yesterday my husband and I saw the movie, The Theory of Everything. It is based on Jane Hawking’s book about her marriage to the physics genius, Stephen Hawking. Stephen is diagnosed with ALS in college and given two years to live, and they decide to marry anyway.  She then commits herself to enabling his life (which has lasted 50 more years) and work. They have three children together. The acting in the film is beyond glorious and little is sugar coated about the disintegration of his physical capabilities or the weight of it on her and their family. It is a beautiful and honest picture of a mature marriage, including their ability to let one another go as life proceeds.

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