Back to School
, September 20, 2017
This year both of my daughters are back in the same school and both (cue dramatic sound clip!) are in middle school. Middle school is the schooling season that brings up all kinds of past anxiety for parents, often times matched by real fears and concerns of students today. Suddenly your child has a new set of friends who did not go to the same elementary school with parents you may not meet for months. Who will they sit with at lunch? What will they experience on the bus? How will they get all of the homework done? Are they up to meeting the challenges and responsibilities that are set before them?
, September 15, 2017
One of my favorite hymn texts comes from the canon of Gregorian chants – Ubi caritas. The text traditionally is sung on Maundy Thursday, when we hear about Jesus washing the disciples’ feet and calling for us to show love to one another. The translation of the text is:
A Wedding in Vermont
, August 30, 2017
Ten days ago, I presided at the wedding of my son, Spencer. It was a most mysterious and delicious mingling of my vocations as priest and mom. He and Heather have been together for nine years, so she has long been part of the family. I was honored when they asked me to officiate, but I was equally honored to be one of the girls invited to go wedding dress shopping.
, August 23, 2017
We had the incredible privilege of having high school and soon to be college intern Jonathan Amaya this past spring and part time this summer and he knocked it out of the park for Christ Church Outreach. Jonathan, as he describes in the blog post, jumped in with both feet to help out with Bag Lunch, Lazarus Food Pantry and Lazarus Financial Ministry. Part of what he describes so well is the transformative power and reciprocity of becoming part of a community here at Christ church, through his mentors at school and the community and in turn helping others. That is one of my favorite parts of the work, being part of the transformation I witness in those we are helping and those who are doing the helping. To me it’s the closest we get to living the Gospel. - Melanie
, August 18, 2017
After spending a beautiful Saturday outside with my family, paddleboarding and skateboarding in the gorgeous weather, I flopped down on the couch and opened social media to discover the horror show that occurred in Charlottesville earlier in the day.
Meditation for People in a Hurry
, August 9, 2017
I think I'll content myself with stargazing and wondering. – An astrophysicist-wanna-be
Winter is Here
, July 19, 2017
Winter is here. At least, it is for the record-breaking 16 million viewers who turned in to watch the series premiere of Game of Thrones on Sunday night. By the end of the week, roughly 30 million people are expected to have watched “Dragonstone,” this week’s episode.
Anniversary of Note
, July 12, 2017
Ten years ago this week, I began my time as one of your ministers at Christ Church. I had just graduated from seminary and was ordained a deacon from the Diocese of Los Angeles on June 4, 2007. The first few months were a pretty steep learning curve; there is much they don’t teach you in seminary about what to expect in parish ministry. And Christ Church is a busy and complex place. At that time, we had eight clergy: four full-time and four Lilly residents. I had barely worked in an office before I got here, so just navigating the staff was a challenge. Before long, I wasn’t at all sure I was cut out to be a priest. (My ordination to the priesthood would not happen until December 2007.)
Blessed Little Thoughts
, July 5, 2017
Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski, an Hasidic rabbi and psychiatrist, offers in this video what a colleague of mine once called a BLT, a “blessed little thought”, about self-love and giving. In our culture of “what’s in it for me?”, how do we avoid practicing what Twerski calls “fish love”? In what ways have you given of your love by giving of yourself?
All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten
, June 21, 2017