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Reflections following last night's Stewardship Meeting at Christ Church

Posted by John, July 15, 2015

At the moment, the Stewardship Committee at Christ Church is a small band of disciples – even now being reconstituted – not knowing exactly what the challenges and obstacles will be found on the road ahead. Like Abraham and Sarah called by God to journey to the land of Canaan even as they were unsure of the way, the Stewardship Committee (and all of us at Christ Church) shall forge forward led by the inspiration and generosity of God. As Abraham and Sarah trusted, even and especially in the face of doubt and bewilderment, they fulfilled God's will. They believed and trusted that God would guide and care for them along the way. (Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1)

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The Power of One, Four, Six and Twelve in Outreach

Posted by Melanie, July 8, 2015

Last Tuesday was a busy day at Christ Church. And yes, Christ Church is always busy, but let’s just say things were bustling in Outreach. We had 6 volunteers, some seasoned and some brand new, making 65 bag lunches in the Auditorium kitchen to be brought and served at Meade Memorial Church down the street. On the menu were homemade egg salad sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fresh fruit, cookies, and lemonade. Christ Church is part of a rotation of 7 churches that take turns making and serving lunch. The hospitality that is given to our brothers and sisters during bag lunch is as important as the food itself. For many of the people who come for lunch this fellowship may be their only fellowship.

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Do You Know about the General Convention?

Posted by Chris, July 1, 2015

The Episcopal Church is in the midst of General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Episcopal Church gathers every three years to review and plan for the future of the church. Various committees will meet about various items from Liturgy to Faith Formation.

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God of our silent tears

Posted by Jason, June 24, 2015

Last week, I attended the annual convention of the Association of Anglican Musicians. As many of you know, this is one of my favorite weeks of the year – getting new ideas from my colleagues and friends and experiencing truly transformational worship. The singing is always unlike anything I’ve ever heard anywhere. On Thursday, the mood was a bit subdued as we were all shocked and horrified at the events that took place in Charleston on Wednesday evening. In the quiet before our closing Eucharist, I opened the hymnal and read the marvelous words to hymn #599 with fresh eyes.

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The Deepest Identity

Posted by Heather, June 17, 2015

A couple of news stories have me thinking about identity. To be honest, I haven’t delved deep into either story but it has been hard to avoid surface-level stories about Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner or Rachel Dolezal (the NAACP local branch executive whose racial background is white but who identifies as black). These are people who have changed their outward identity dramatically. Both would say, I think, that they have tried to make their inward self-identity match with what the world now sees externally. Their quest to do this is not unique – I’m guessing that each one of us has tried to do that at one point or another. 

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Adam Gopnik

Posted by John, June 10, 2015

Adam Gopnik, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, once wrote an article for the magazine about learning to draw. His story reminds me of many Christians learning to pray.Though one may assume that Christians know how to pray (considered by some a second language), this is far from the truth. Unfortunately, prayer, especially public prayer, makes many Christians cringe.

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Letter from the Cathedral

Posted by Melanie, June 3, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to attend a writing workshop at the National Cathedral taught by Barbara Brown Taylor, author of An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark and Nora Gallagher, author of Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic and Things Seen and Unseen.  Attending this workshop was exciting yet intimidating at the same time because we would have to actually write and share our writing during the workshop! It’s one of those things you know is coming and you wonder why you signed up, but then you are really glad you did.  Otherwise, how else do we learn?

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Be a Tourist

Posted by Chris, May 27, 2015

Graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary last week brought my parents to town over Memorial Day weekend. When visitors come, I feel the obligation for them to experience Washington D.C. by visiting museums, monuments, memorials, etc. Even though they were able to see many of the area attractions, one of their favorite parts of the week occurred at Christ Church.

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From the Smallest of Seeds

Posted by John, May 20, 2015

Many churches, including Christ Church, have established ways and means by which members can plan for and name the church in their estate planning. The Trustees of the Christ Church Foundation have made available materials outlining ways by which we can include Christ Church in our financial directives following our deaths. As well, members of the Foundation are available to advise, pray with and assist all of us whenever we, with some trepidation, turn towards the future and contemplate our deaths.        

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Keeping the Faith

Posted by Jason, May 13, 2015

We have lots of paintings and sketches of Christ Church all over our campus. I'm not sure any of them really tell the full story. If I were creating one, I'd be sure to include a number of people in our courtyard, including many who are struggling to meet their day to day needs. I heard a preacher recently say that if your church doesn't have beggars, it's not a church, it's a museum.

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