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Sacred Space at Home

Posted by Ariel, April 2, 2020

When we are used to coming to a space that has been set aside for us for prayer and reflection each week, what are we to do when that space is no longer available? One option is to carve out such a space at home.

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The Holiness of Dinner Church

Posted by Ariel, September 25, 2019

One of my favorite things about Jesus (are we allowed to have favorite things about Jesus?) is how much he loved to share meals with friends, enemies, and all those who would become one or the other at some point in his ministry. The Gospels are full of impromptu meals of grilled fish by the beach (John 21:9), prestigious meals interrupted by a sinful woman (Luke 7:37), and a Last Supper that we remember every Sunday.

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Flat Jesus…As a Spiritual Practice

Posted by Ariel, August 21, 2019

I know you’ve seen him—he’s been propped up in Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, held aloft in front of Mont Blanc in Chamonix, France, and taken along to many, many more locations around the world. Flat Jesus has traveled far and wide with Christ Church parishioners, and he’s made for some wonderful photo ops.

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The Temptation of Complacency

Posted by Ariel, March 13, 2019

This past Sunday, we began to learn about the season of Lent together in Children’s Chapel. As we discussed the significance of this season leading up to Easter, some children shared what they’ve decided to give up for Lent. Popular indulgences included candy, being unkind to siblings, and too much television—all good things to keep at a minimum if you ask me!

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“I forgive you ‘cause just yesterday God forgave me”

Posted by Ariel, February 6, 2019

Two weeks ago, I decided to take a day trip to the American Museum of Visionary Art in Baltimore. This museum is filled with art made by people with little to no formal training but who delight in the sheer joy of creation: sculptures made from scrap metal, quilts stitched from clothing rags, and paintings on surprising surfaces like car hoods and cardboard abound.

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A New Practice

Posted by Ariel, December 19, 2018

In Rev. Noelle’s recent blog post she asked us what our Advent practice looks like. In my now past life as a museum employee who attended church once a week, I didn’t really observe Advent outside of going to worship, singing hymns from the front of the hymnal as the Advent wreath was lit, and going home. However, I’m now at church (or across the churchyard from the church, I should say) five days a week, sometimes more. When I started working at Christ Church, I made a point of developing personal spiritual practices I could do on my lunch break that would give me space to refocus on the presence of Christ in my life in the midst of emails, meetings, curriculum guides.

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No Room to Bloom

Posted by Ariel, November 14, 2018

For as long as I can remember, my mother has loved amaryllis bulbs. She tenderly cultivates them during their growing season, labeling each bulb with a length of ribbon so she can remember which bulbs produce which color blooms. When the temperature drops, she pots them for her friends so they can enjoy the short window of time in which these flowers produce brilliant red, pink, or white (sometimes all three!) blossoms. The rest of the year, these bulbs sit dormant in the backyard at home, soaking in the sun and waiting for their time to shine.

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Prayers of the (tiny) People

Posted by Ariel, October 17, 2018

Every Sunday during the 10:00 a.m. service, over a dozen children ages 9 and under scramble out of the Historic Church and into the portico right before the second hymn. As they clamor to line up and compare heights to see who has grown the most in the past week, I welcome them by saying, “Look at all these friends we have joining us for Children’s Chapel!” One of our fearless acolytes then leads them over to the chapel in the Parish House.

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