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Bounty of Hunger

Posted by Pierce, March 19, 2014

This year we are focusing on hunger. Inspired by our youth, each of us has been invited to take responsibility for alleviating hunger and malnutrition. One practice offered was to live on a food stamp budget for a period of time. Fasting from food can be a grace of identification with so many in the world who have little choice about when and what to eat. When I eat on a food stamp allocation, I am brought into greater solidarity with those who have little to eat and I am more passionate about its injustice. Other benefits of fasting let us experience other spiritual yearnings such as longing, thirsting and desiring.

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Turning down the radio

Posted by Jason, March 12, 2014

I usually spend most of my Lent trying to decide what my Lenten discipline is going to be. Often I will arrive at Easter still undecided. This comes as no surprise to most people who know me – I only recently decided what my New Year’s resolution would be for 2012.

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Before and After: Sermon from March 9

Posted by Pierce, March 11, 2014

One of the enduring methods of advertising is to show pictures and watch testimonials, the before and after, of people whose lives have been dramatically improved using their remarkable products or services. Most are temptations for a makeover—to lure you into some cosmetic alteration so you will be more attractive, influential or commanding. Whether by suction on the one hand, or enhancement on the other, you are guaranteed to improve your beauty or success. Take this supplement or attend our training and you can be transfigured into a marvel of irresistible good looks and stature. Before and after.

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Ash Wednesday 2014

Posted by Ann, March 7, 2014

One of the greatest gifts to me as a priest is the privilege to spend time with people as they are dying. To listen to their final thoughts and prayers, sometimes coherent, sometimes not. To match my own breathing with theirs. To hold hands with family and friends around the bed, to anoint with oil the forehead of someone right on the edge, to kiss the cheek of someone who has just passed over. It is as if I have one foot in this world and another in the next. And it always feels hallowed and beautiful.

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Eat that Frog

Posted by Mary Beth, March 5, 2014

Saturday marked 6 months since Chris and I got married. It’s common knowledge that after any newlywed couple gets home from their honeymoon they are faced with writing thank you notes for all the generous wedding gifts they received.

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Love: An Act of Will (Sermon from February 23)

Posted by Ann, March 5, 2014

And so the great thaw has begun. This week, in our wild and variable weather patterns we only had the threat of a tornado. Many of us have found ourselves positively giddy at temperatures in the mid-60’s. It feels different in your body, doesn’t it? It feels free. We are naturally more relaxed. My shoulders, which have been hunched against the cold since Christmas, are finally able to let go in the warm breeze and sunshine.

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Aligned with God’s Flow

Posted by Ann, February 26, 2014

Mini-Spiritual Direction with Rev. Ann

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The Power of Communion

Posted by Heather, February 19, 2014

We have been using Eucharistic prayer C during the season after the Epiphany this year at our 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. services. This Eucharistic prayer is different from the others in the Book of Common Prayer in a variety of ways, including the amount of praying out loud that the congregation does in the celebrating of the Eucharist.

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What buildings can do

Posted by Pierce, February 12, 2014

My mother was an artist in watercolors and oils and growing up she instilled in me her sense of design and perspective. I was always drawing plans—whether it was for a building, church, school or a skyscraper—and in high school a teacher found me a part time job with an architect. When I was in divinity school, the whole university was open to me, and I occasionally took architecture classes. So to this day, I keep my eye on developments in that field.

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Papa don’t preach?

Posted by Jason, February 5, 2014

I play two services each week at Virginia Theological Seminary. I enjoy this opportunity; there’s always something I learn from each service whether it’s something musical, from the sermon or from the liturgy itself. 

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