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?
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.
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:
, August 10, 2016
I have just returned from the fourth of five residencies for my Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing through Seattle Pacific University. In the genre of creative non-fiction, (as opposed to fiction or poetry) I am working on memoir and personal essay. Following a low-residency model, we meet for ten days twice a year and then go home to do all our writing. God willing, after two more quarters, I will graduate at the next residency in March of 2017. Part of the curriculum for these residencies is to do a close reading of two books. Every morning we meet for a seminar called ‘Art and Faith.’
, August 20, 2014
In her blog, Maddie Waldhoff, parishioner and choir member, gives us an inside look at the music and experiences at the Newport Royal School of Church Music this summer.
Make a note
, July 30, 2014
During most of the forty years of being a priest, I tried to make regular use of a local library. I know my congregations wanted fresh and insightful thinking and they could always tell when I was not reading what they were reading. Having so many publicly used books at my disposal made me aware that people have this tendency to make notes in the margins, underline in yellow marker or fold the corner of the page to mark where they left off till they opened the book again. Some complain that defacing a library book is a misdemeanor for other patrons. I can remember my teachers in elementary school scolded us for such practices since the textbooks were used by succeeding classes. Before summer vacation, teachers kept us captive until we had erased all of the marks from our books with the remaining stubs of our pink erasers. But what is reprehensible in one context can be beneficial in another.
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.
, April 10, 2014
In just over a week, children wearing their Sunday best and carrying baskets will run around the churchyard searching for Easter Eggs. In fact Christ Church (with a little help from the Easter Bunny of course) has 4,000 eggs ready to hide!
What is your favorite part of the Book of Common Prayer?
, January 15, 2014
I was visiting the Sunday school classrooms this past Sunday. It was the first Sunday in a new unit for the first through fifth graders. The topic of this unit is the Book of Common Prayer. Some classes wrote a collect. Some classes matched music to different sections of the BCP. And in the art class I was asked a tricky question: What is my favorite part of the Book of Common Prayer?
Baptism, (Christening), and Confirmation
, October 24, 2013
I was baptized when I was about six months old. I don’t remember it, obviously, but I have heard the stories. Somewhere, there is an old reel to reel audiotape of the service where I was (apparently) screaming my little head off. I do, however, remember my confirmation service well. I was a senior in high school and was confirmed by the Bishop in the very small chapel at my school. The cross I wear every day was given to me by my grandparents on that day.