Women in the News
, July 16, 2014
Finally, some good news about women! On Monday, the Church of England finally voted to ordain women as bishops. 25 years after the Episcopal Church ordained Barbara Harris as the first female bishop in the US, history was made in England today. England appoints their bishops, whereas we elect them, but some women may be appointed as soon as 2015.
It's not a recessive trait
, July 9, 2014
A few Sundays ago, June 29, the Episcopal Church had a voluntary day to stretch its capacity and participate in Social Media Sunday. Christ Church participated in this endeavor at all of its services. Some of you know this because you were there and are in one of the photos that I took during the announcements.
, May 21, 2014
Two of the dominant news stories of the past month have dealt with the "missing." First is the missing Malaysian airline and secondly, the missing Nigerian girls (let us all continue to pray for their safety and their return). Additional newsmakers over the past few weeks seem to be "missing" some common sense with their absurd/offensive comments, and it seems that civil bipartisanship is missing in our government.
What buildings can do
, February 12, 2014
My mother was an artist in watercolors and oils and growing up she instilled in me her sense of design and perspective. I was always drawing plans—whether it was for a building, church, school or a skyscraper—and in high school a teacher found me a part time job with an architect. When I was in divinity school, the whole university was open to me, and I occasionally took architecture classes. So to this day, I keep my eye on developments in that field.
Strength for your Spiritual Journey
, November 21, 2013
Last night, I had the joy of attending the Pay it Forward dinner at the final session of the fall Covenant Class. Members of the current Covenant Class were there to enjoy a dinner provided by the leaders and members of the most recent Covenant Class. There was a great buzz of conversation before and during dinner as old friends checked in with each other and new friends shared more about their day-to-day lives. A pregnancy was celebrated. A new job and the search for an Episcopal church closer to a new home were discussed. Networking happened. There was laughter, smiles, and joy.
Freedom from Fear
, September 25, 2013
As I was preparing to preach at our Wednesday Eucharist on September 11th, I kept being drawn back to memories from high school history classes about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s State of the Union address from January 6, 1941. This speech, given before the United States had been attacked at Pearl Harbor but after we had heard the stories of atrocities against Jews and seen the fighting that was happening in Europe, was preparing the country for the possibility and necessity of engaging in the war. At the end of the speech, President Roosevelt refers to four essential human freedoms – this is the part that sticks in the back of my mind. He wrote this:
Consumer or Servant?
, July 24, 2013
We have all been reading in national journals about the waning fortunes of mainline churches. These articles describe, it seems, with pundit glee how Episcopalians and their Presbyterian, Methodist, United Church of Christ, Catholic and now even Baptist peers are losing their potency on the American scene. Evangelical journals suggest that it is the adoption of progressive political views that have caused the decline.
, July 3, 2013
Last week was Vacation Bible School at Christ Church. It was a fantastic week with 100 kids and over 70 youth and adult volunteers to make the week work well for safety as well as learning about God’s love for everyone. Each day at VBS began and ended with worship in the historic church, requiring some preparation and clean up. As the worship director for the VBS, I spent A LOT of time in the church last week and so I also had the chance to give a number of impromptu tours of the church.
Life in the Churchyard
, June 7, 2013
Next to the National Cathedral, I believe Christ Church Alexandria may be the most photographed church in the country. During tourist season, we can have as many as 2,000 people move in and out of the church in a week. As I come and go, there isn’t a time when I don’t see someone holding a camera in the direction of our sanctuary.
Reach for God
, May 29, 2013
In the last 30 years, neuroscience has contributed much to our understanding of human identity, passion, and aspiration. Brain scan studies are revealing some amazing things about how we think, what we cherish, and why we pursue a particular direction in life.