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Mid-Day Musicale

Posted by Jason, July 28, 2016

A friend shared this video last week, and I’ve watched and listened to it numerous times over the past few days. In a time of extreme heat, and non-stop political rhetoric, I’ve found this performance of Schubert’s Impromptu by Vladmir Horowitz to be a welcome respite. I hope you might take a few minutes to just relax, “chill out,” and listen to a breathtakingly beautiful musical offering. (Warning: children learning to play piano, don’t try to copy Horowitz’s “flat finger” technique. He had extremely large hands and also had his pianos adjusted to be very light to the touch.) 

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With Love and Misconceptions from Honduras

Posted by Ann, July 20, 2016

Ten years ago, before I worked as a priest at Christ Church, I came to Honduras to attend a Spanish-language immersion program offered at Our Little Roses Home for Girls in San Pedro Sula. That summer I had the delight of meeting those who were on the annual Christ Church OLR mission trip. This summer, I have journeyed here with Christ Church’s 26th mission trip as their priest and chaplain. It is incredible to return to this land of extremes: extreme poverty, extreme friendliness, extreme heat, extreme rainstorms, extreme natural beauty, and trash everywhere you look. The moment you arrive at the airport and see the many Christian mission groups in their matching t-shirts lined up in the customs line, you know you’re in for an adventure.

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And All of Them Shall Ye Catch

Posted by Matthew, July 13, 2016

Last night, I found myself visiting a park in downtown DC that I’d seen but hadn’t visited. It was a nice park, familiar to anyone who’s ever binge-watched Netflix’s House of Cards, where it’s featured prominently in the opening credits. As I walked around the small, lush, square, I chatted with some of the 20 people who were also there - we ranged in age from about 7 to somewhere in the mid-forties. We all had different backgrounds and experiences. We had different lines of work and lived in different parts of the city. But we were all there to catch Pokémon.

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Praying for Others and Meaning It

Posted by Melanie, July 6, 2016

Evelyn Underhill writes ‘What, then, is Prayer? In a most general sense, it is the intercourse of our little human souls with God. Therefore, it includes all the work done by God Himself through, in, and with souls which are self-given to Him in prayer…. Prayer is a purely spiritual activity; and its real doer is God Himself, the one inciter and mover of our souls.’

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Practicing Metanoia

Posted by John, June 23, 2016

In reaction to the horrific murder of 49 persons and the maiming of even more in a nightclub in Orlando, an outpouring of passionate responses—vigils, prayer services, blogs, editorials in the media around the world--including Bishops of the Episcopal Church---have appeared. These responses range from expression of condolence, love and support, to outrage. In all of them is the hope that the time for change has come, that America and Americans of all colors, creeds and faiths will embrace metanoia,

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Weeping spends the night - again

Posted by Jason, June 21, 2016

The murder of 49 innocent people in Orlando has been weighing heavily on my heart. And I know I’m not the only one.

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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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Thoughts and Prayers and Honesty

Posted by Jason, June 8, 2016

I had a high school speech and drama teacher who shared with me that one of her biggest annoyances was the casual greeting people offered of “How are you?” As she pointed out, people seemed to just say that as an alternative to “Hello” because in fact, people really didn’t want to know how someone was doing.

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What is Saving Your Life Right Now?

Posted by Ann, June 1, 2016

For the last month Prayer 101 has been meeting and we have been focusing solely on the form of contemplative prayer called Centering Prayer. Each week we sit quietly for fifteen minutes. When our minds get busy - which they inevitably do - we are encouraged to come back to God by saying a sacred word or phrase to ourselves. That’s it. That’s all Centering Prayer is. I have learned that I make it so much harder for myself than it needs to be.

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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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