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The Conversion of the Saint Paul the Apostle

Today, Friday, January 25, is the day we remember the conversion of Paul. The story of Paul being suddenly struck from his horse by a blinding light while on the road to Damascus is immediately familiar to us, from the several bible passages that describe it (Acts 9:1-22, 22:6-21, and 26:9-21; Galatians 1:11-24). Even if you don’t remember anything else about the story, you are likely to be able to visualize one of the many paintings of Paul’s experience on the road - one of the most famous is by Caravaggio (click here to view).

The Conversion of the Saint Paul the Apostle2019-01-24T17:37:25+00:00

Blessing for a New Beginning

The Reverend Susan E. HillMerry Christmas!This is a season of new beginnings. We are in Christmastide (remember we celebrate the birth of

Blessing for a New Beginning2019-01-10T21:10:46+00:00

The Power of Prayer

As you know from the email we sent recently, this week’s parish prayer list has been revised. Our goal is to simplify the previous format, as well as to make the list easier to maintain. All this rests on one big hope: that you don’t simply see the email in your inbox and click delete. Or look at it briefly to see if anyone you know is on the list. Or maybe even just read the meditation, and then delete the list! The hope that we have instead is that you spend time with the list and say a prayer for the people and issues on it....

The Power of Prayer2018-11-30T17:05:41+00:00

St Jude, Hope of the Hopeless, pray for us!

This past Monday, October 29, was the feast day of St. Simon and St. Jude, who were named as apostles in the gospels. We don’t know much more about them than that, at least from the scriptures. Tradition has it that they were martyred while missionaries together in Persia. There are various theories about them -- for example that Simon had been part of a radical Jewish independence group called the Zealots, and that Jude might have been one of Jesus’ brothers -- but little is known for sure....

St Jude, Hope of the Hopeless, pray for us!2018-11-01T20:42:54+00:00

The Church and Slavery: From Shame to Lamentation, and Onward to Restorative Justice?

This past Sunday, we kicked off our fall Christian Education series “Foundations of our Faith” with a whirlwind session discussing the history of the Episcopal Church. In order to pare down the information, I relied heavily on Christopher L. Webber’s Welcome to the Episcopal Church: An Introduction to Its History, Faith, and Worship -- a useful primer for new church members. I did have a significant problem, though, with the material presented in the opening chapter on History -- an issue that those present at the forum picked up on pretty quickly too. Although I understand that the purpose of Webber’s volume is to be as inviting as possible to newcomers, I was surprised and disappointed to notice that in a chapter that focused heavily on the church’s history in America, there was no mention of the church’s involvement with slavery. Since I did not do enough to counter that omission on Sunday, I thought I would write a few sentences here to clarify....

The Church and Slavery: From Shame to Lamentation, and Onward to Restorative Justice?2018-10-04T22:41:21+00:00

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?!

One of my favorite television ads of all time was for Staples – it ran some years ago, and you might remember it. It featured ecstatic parents practically dancing as they pushed shopping carts in Staples, picking out school supplies with their glum, feet-dragging kids in tow. Peppily playing in the background is Andy Williams’ Christmas song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” I always got a kick out of the joy the parents took as they got ready to send their kids back to the more structured time of school, akin to the joy their kids wouldn’t have until Christmastime....

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?!2018-09-06T21:28:21+00:00

The Gift of Listening

I had dinner recently with a friend who I only see a few times a year. It was a late dinner, at the end of a very long workday, and I was very tired on my there. I was worried that I wouldn’t be a very good dinner companion. But as we talked, I began to feel better and better, and I realized that the improvement in my mood was due to a gift that my friend has -- he is excellent at being an active listener. He was truly interested in what I had to say, asked insightful questions, and didn’t jump in immediately to redirect the conversation back to himself. The experience was a great reminder that being a good listener is a real gift that we can give all the people in our lives....

The Gift of Listening2018-08-09T23:38:17+00:00

The Episcopal Church’s 2018 General Convention Addresses Justice and Love

Over the past nine days, the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church has been taking place in Austin, TX. Held every three years, General Convention is the national legislative body of our denomination. The Constitutions of both the United States and the Episcopal Church were written around the same time and so you may not be surprised to learn that the governing structures have some similarities....

The Episcopal Church’s 2018 General Convention Addresses Justice and Love2018-07-13T16:47:12+00:00

Evelyn Underhill and the Sacrament of the Present Moment

Today, June 15, we mark the feast day of Evelyn Underhill, a writer, spiritual director, and retreat leader who helped Anglicans recover the gifts of an intentional spiritual life. She was born in 1875, grew up in London, and in her early adulthood struggled over whether to convert to Roman Catholicism. In 1921 she decided to commit to her Anglican roots, while also being what she called a “Catholic Christian.”...

Evelyn Underhill and the Sacrament of the Present Moment2018-06-13T18:41:17+00:00

Opening Up Space In Your Life For God

This week we are in the ten days between the Feast of the Ascension and the Feast of Pentecost, which we will celebrate on Sunday, May 20. The Ascension, of course, marks the resurrected Jesus’ withdrawal from this world and his reunification with God and all of creation. And on Pentecost, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. As I preached this past Sunday, Jesus’ ascension opens up a space among us, and the Holy Spirit empowers us to work creatively in that space. It’s easy for us to let that space get cluttered up with all kinds of junk and distractions -- all of which hinders our ability to see clearly and find ways to do God’s loving work in the world. Just as a good round of spring cleaning in our homes and offices can inspire us to begin new projects and help us find the spaciousness to think more productively, at this time of year we might consider doing a little spiritual spring cleaning as well!...

Opening Up Space In Your Life For God2018-05-14T21:47:29+00:00