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Choose Life, Even in the Face of Hatred

Posted by Heather, January 11, 2017

In the midst of the various news of January 10 – the anticipation of the farewell address by President Obama and anticipation of a news conference by President-Elect Trump, bad weather both locally and across the country, and international news of continued strife in Syria, in Israel and Palestine, in Central America. In the midst of that news was a fairly quiet piece about the sentencing of Dylann Roof to death for his crimes.

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A Warm Welcome

Posted by Jason, January 4, 2017

I am not a morning person. And those who know me well know it’s best to avoid interaction with me before 10:00 am (and sadly, coffee doesn’t make any difference). Thus, each week, it’s a challenge to be “ready to go” on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. A former rector of mine in Alabama, who shared my dislike of mornings, would often complain about how “Holy Mother Church somehow got confused and forgot that it’s the Last Supper we are remembering, and not the Last Breakfast.”

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Hope & Resilience

Posted by Ann, December 14, 2016

From the cowardice that shrinks from new truth, from the laziness that is content with half-truths, from the arrogance which thinks it knows all truth, O God of Truth, deliver us! ~ an African Prayer

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Deep Gratitude for Works Done in Secret

Posted by Melanie, December 8, 2016

"Go to the festival yourselves. I am not going to this festival, for my time has not yet fully come." After saying this, he remained in Galilee. But after his brothers had gone to the festival, then he also went, not publicly but as it were in secret. The Jews were looking for him at the festival and saying, ‘Where is he?’ John 7: 8-11

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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 Heart of Thanksgiving

Posted by Heather, November 23, 2016

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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What Does the Lord Require of You...

Posted by Noelle, November 10, 2016

What does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6.8

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Listening More Carefully

Posted by Jason, November 2, 2016

When I was in graduate school, one of my organ professors was part of a panel of judges adjudicating an organ competition. One player after the next would perform the same repertoire. With but a few exceptions, I thought all of the players sounded alike. In my lesson the following week, I made this comment to my professor. He smiled and said, “Yes, it could all sound alike.”

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Notes from the Mountain – Dare to Enjoy Your Life!

Posted by Ann, October 20, 2016

I just got home  from a two-day clergy retreat up at Shrine Mont. The presenters this time were two brothers from SSJE. Christ Church has a long-standing relationship with the brothers from SSJE, but in case you don’t know what that stands for it is the Society of St. John the Evangelist. They are an Episcopal order of monks and they are the most loving, coolest people I know. 

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The Boy With the Pull-Along Wagon

Posted by Santiago, October 6, 2016

On Thursday mornings, Lazarus food pantry volunteers distribute love in the form of smiles, warm greetings, and food to our neighbors in need in the City of Alexandria. The Meade Room is transformed into a mart of kindness and comestibles. One by one, our neighbors are warmly greeted by a love-in-motion coordinator and assigned a beatitudes-hero to guide them through tables with non-perishables, meats, vegetables, bread, and an assortment of fresh items.

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