So you think you know Christ Church?
, May 30, 2018
I’m guessing that you’ve seen the commercial that promotes AARP and tries to get those in the over 55 but under 85 category to consider how they might be a part of AARP after all. Now I’m not in that category (yet) but this commercial, along with commercials by Buick and others over the past few years, are trying to get the general public to take another look at an organization or a thing, saying they are different from their stereotype. As I look back over my seven-year ministry at Christ Church, I think I could produce a similar commercial about Christ Church.
Walking the Middle Ground and Marching for our Lives
, March 1, 2018
On the first Sunday in Lent, part of my sermon focused on gun violence, what I see as our nation’s obsession with guns and how that is connected to the second renunciation in the baptism liturgy, and about finding the middle ground for a conversation about guns and gun violence in our nation. Out of the mass shooting and deaths of 14 youth and three adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, our nation has seen two sets of responses. One set has come from the usual sources on their usual sides – and without much middle ground from either those who promote a right to bear arms/guns in the Second Amendment as being without restrictions or from those who promote only having arms/guns as being in the hands of the police and other civil and military authorities.
, January 11, 2018
A couple of years ago, my mother and I pulled out of storage a beautiful dress winter coat that she had made for me when I was about ten years old. The coat is a red, loopy, wool-like fabric, with white “fur” edging the hood and cuffs, patch pockets, with a silver satin lining. It closes with “frogs,” not buttons – I remember that I thought frogs were so unique and beautiful when I was that age. We got it out of storage with the hope that one of my daughters might wear it. The red coat has been worn a few times but the weird winter weather in Virginia meant that some years it was too wet or too warm to wear.
Circles of Prayer
, November 9, 2017
As many of you know, I have been part of a prayer circle that started in response to violent deaths a short ten blocks from Christ Church. For fifteen months we gathered weekly to pray at 3:00 p.m. A variety of people have come across those Sundays, including some who live in the neighborhood. After a period of discernment, the core of the prayer circle has decided that we will now gather to pray together in that spot on the first Sunday of the month, rather than weekly. I invite you to come at 3:00 p.m. on December 3 to join the circle.
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?
God Sightings - Invite and Engage
, April 26, 2017
Sometimes it is the small encounters that allow for us to see God at work in the world and in our own lives.
Ash Wednesday and Keeping Lent
, March 2, 2017
I spent the early morning of Ash Wednesday at the King Street Metro, being glad that it was as warm as it was, and keeping my face set with an expression of warmth and open invitation. Over and over again I prayed and heard others who were there for Ashes to Go, Matt and Santiago, praying this prayer:
Choose Life, Even in the Face of Hatred
, 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.
The Heart of Thanksgiving
, 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.
New Beginnings and the Pause
, September 7, 2016
It is the first week of school for my family – both my daughters and my husband in his work as a professor. New adventures await and they are excited for those. But there is also caution and a bit of sarcasm from the girls. Hmm, perhaps we shouldn’t have watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off so close to the end of vacation… But one of the things that Matthew Broderick’s character says has some deep relevance to the life of faith: