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Holy Silence | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

As you receive this meditation, we will have just concluded our Good Friday liturgy. In our Book of Common Prayer, the three services at the end of Holy Week -- Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday night - are conceived as one long worship service over three days. That means that from the Good Friday liturgy, which ends appropriately in silence, to the beginning of the Vigil with the kindling of the new fire in the dark, there is a long stretch of more than a day when we are still technically within a worship service....

Holy Silence | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector2019-04-17T23:59:31+00:00

The Holy Spirit Flocks Around Us | The Rev. Susan E. Hill

As many of you know, I was in Phoenix last weekend attending my friend Jennifer Reddall’s consecration as Bishop of Arizona, and it was truly a blessed event. It was blessed not just because Bishop Reddall is now the first female bishop of Arizona. Or because she is currently one of only ten women who are the primary bishop of one of our 111 dioceses in the Episcopal church. Or because the ceremony included an amazing ritual to create sacred space led by Native American women, one of whom is also an Episcopal priest. Or because the music was a delightful combination of beloved Anglican and Spanish-language hymns (helped by an 80-member choir and a mariachi band, of course). Or because the celebratory performance by former “lost boys” from Sudan who have found an Episcopal church to call home in their new land. Or the vibrant presence of our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. It was blessed because of the palpable presence of the Holy Spirit. For a sermon in her days as rector of Church of the Epiphany here in New York, +Jennifer once did some research on doves as an image of the Holy Spirit.....

The Holy Spirit Flocks Around Us | The Rev. Susan E. Hill2019-03-20T23:16:34+00:00

A Still-Needed Voice: Anna Julia Haywood Cooper | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

In 1893, Anna J. Cooper spoke these words in her address to the World’s Congress of Representative Women held in Chicago – and it is remarkable, and frustrating, that they are still so relevant to us today more than 125 years later. Cooper was born into slavery about 1859 in North Carolina, and her father was likely the man who owned her mother. She received a scholarship at nine years old to study at an Episcopal school where she shone as an exceptional student. During her education there, she successfully lobbied to take a Greek class meant only for male theology students, and she ended up marrying the instructor, George A.C. Cooper (who was the second African American ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in North Carolina)....

A Still-Needed Voice: Anna Julia Haywood Cooper | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector2019-11-05T17:12:30+00:00

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