Reflections on the March on Washington

Posted by Ann, August 9, 2013

The August I turned six, my parents walked in the March on Washington. I didn’t understand why it was so important that my parents go to Washington to be part of the March, but I sensed the heightened anxiety around it. Theirs and mine. They were concerned enough about their safety that new wills were drawn up so that if anything happened to them, we would be raised by my Aunt Alice. That was a scary prospect. While they were gone, my brother and I stayed with her. She was cool and aloof, not particularly mother-y even though she had several children of her own.

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Spiritual Writing

Posted by Ann, July 11, 2013

I am getting on a plane in a few hours to attend a workshop on spiritual writing. The workshop is called Deepening Words. Twelve of us were accepted after submitting 3500 words of writing. Some of you know I have long desired to write the book of my story from Hollywood to priesthood and haven’t been sure how to get started. Or maybe even how to claim it. Or frame it. I have always been a writer of sorts.

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Posted by Ann, June 12, 2013

Next weekend, my husband, Jeff, and I will fly to Maine for a family celebration of my Uncle Stuart’s 100th birthday. He is the second of my dad’s brothers to reach the century mark. We celebrated my Uncle Hazard’s 100th birthday three summers ago in New York City. Hazard died about six months later. He had trouble seeing, but he was still spending a few hours in his office on Wall St. every day until two weeks before he died.

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Likewise the Spirit

Posted by Ann, May 15, 2013

At a staff meeting yesterday, my colleague, the Rev. Heather VanDeventer said, “Oh, we forgot to send out a prayer to the parish about the shootings in New Orleans. We sent something out after Newtown. We sent something out after Boston. We sent something out after the explosion in Texas.”

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Psalm 13

Posted by Ann, April 16, 2013

After checking to make sure that two friends who were running the Boston Marathon were OK, my husband, 20-year-old daughter, and I sat down to watch the CNN coverage of the bomb blasts in Boston. But we were switching back and forth between CNN and the Nats/Marlins game. The Nats were making up for their discouraging show against Atlanta over the weekend and were up 8-0 and we needed some good news. Can you become inured to horror? Apparently.

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Love Will Win

Posted by Ann, March 28, 2013

It was an amazing day. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, it was clear and cold, but not snowing and raining as it had been the day before. We began worshiping at a 7:30 a.m. interfaith prayer service, where we heard things like the Muslim call to prayer in Arabic, the blowing of a shofar, the native American welcoming of the four directions of Mother Earth, and some wonderful Gospel singing. We remembered the death of those who died because they were LGBT, either by persecution or by suicide. We heard one pastor tell us that, “Love will find a way, because Love never gives up. Love gets up early in the morning!”

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 15

Posted by Ann, February 19, 2013

This course at St. George’s always ends with a visit to the road to Emmaus, the story of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearance where the disciples do not recognize Jesus as he walks alongside them. After all, Jesus has just died on the cross and then disappeared from the tomb. They are not expecting to see him alive. It is not until they all eat together that they realize he has been with them all along and it is at that moment he vanishes.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 14 | To feast or to fast?

Posted by Ann, February 18, 2013

Sunday morning began with Holy Eucharist at St. George’s Cathedral mostly in Arabic and a bit in English. Bishop Suheil Dawani, our recent guest at Christ Church, preached about the value of  fasting for Lent. I can assure you that fasting is not one of the things I have been doing since I arrived here.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 13 | The Shortest Lent on Record!

Posted by Ann, February 15, 2013

We learned yesterday from one of our course directors, Father Laurence Hilditch, that everyone should carry around with them two pieces of paper: one that says, You are dust and ashes, and the other that says, For you, the universe was created. I thought this Christian paradox was a perfect encapsulation of the shortest Lent on record.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 12 | Chris McMurray

Posted by Ann, February 15, 2013

A Holy Land reflection from pilgrim Chris McMurray: We spent the first eight days of our Holy Land pilgrimage focused, among other things, on Jesus’s life, teachings and miracles outside of Jerusalem. Our travels took us to such places as the Sea of Galilee (loaves and fishes, Sermon on the Mount, and others), Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana (water into wine), Mt. Tabor (the Transfiguration), Bethany (Lazarus raised from the dead), and the wilderness where Jesus withstood the Devil’s temptations. 

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