Saying Goodbye is hard….and yet it’s vitally important to do
, February 7, 2018
Somebody stood in line this past Sunday to tell me they wouldn’t be here for my final Sunday, and then said, “But I am not saying ‘Goodbye.’ I’m saying ‘See you around.’” It was hard even for her to look me in the eye. It’s true, we might bump into each other, he and I, but goodbyes are important and if we avoid them we miss out on something powerful.
Feeling Small in Sonoma
, December 6, 2017
Over Thanksgiving week, my husband and I spent some time in Sonoma County. I had been asked to preside at the wedding of a childhood acquaintance and it afforded us a lovely getaway, a return to California where we met and turned into adults, but to a part, we had not spent a lot of time in before. Many people have asked if we saw evidence of the wildfires.
, October 18, 2017
Recently I returned from a whirlwind trip to London and Paris which was delightful and exhausting. It felt as if we were in perpetual motion. Here’s what I noticed about returning home.
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.
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.)
Not my circus, not my monkeys
, May 24, 2017
The “Greatest Show on Earth” closed its doors last Sunday. After 146 years of traipsing across the country on a mile-long train, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus offered its last show on Long Island. Financial woes and changing tastes in entertainment are assigned as the cause. Being the target of fervent animal rights protesters also took its toll. The company could no longer make enough money to support its 300 cast and crew members.
Christ Church as Midwife
, April 5, 2017
When my call to the priesthood first came in, it was born with a twin, to be a writer. I paid a lot of attention to the priest part for the first seven years and not much time developing myself as a writer. When I was granted a sabbatical in 2015, I began a creative writing program through Seattle Pacific University. It is the only low-residency writing program in the country that is also explicitly Christian. It attracts the most incredible people I have ever met. All of us so different, from all walks of life, but we all share two things: a love for God and a need to make Art through writing.
Walk in Love
, February 8, 2017
“Walk in love” was the theme of last week’s Diocese of Virginia Convention. We heard lots of stories and saw a wonderful video about ways our diocese is walking in love:
Hope & Resilience
, 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
Notes from the Mountain – Dare to Enjoy Your Life!
, 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.