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On NOT Waiting During Advent

by The Ven. Mimsy Jones, Archdeacon For the first time in 20 years, our family Christmas tree is standing tall, fully decorated…and the season of Advent has just begun. Part of me wonders if the Advent Cops will show up to chastise me, but for the most part, I feel elated, relieved, and delighted. I had almost forgotten what it is like to ‘get ready for Christmas' so early in Advent, the season our Church sets aside to wait, watch, and wonder. But this year, way ahead of... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | 2 comments
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The Beggar of Love

God is a beggar of love waiting at the soul's door without ever daring to force it. ~ Vladimir Lossky*   Asking for money is hard. Somehow it feels like an insult to our already fragile dignity, an admission that we are not, after all, as self-sufficient as we pretend to be. And it's not just money. For many of us asking for anything can stir up feelings of inadequacy and insecurity. We're so much more at ease when our stance toward the world conveys competence,... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 0 comments
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New Beginnings

by the Rev. Neil Raman It has taken until mid-November to happen, but autumn weather has finally arrived. (At least from the perspective of a New Yorker who is trying to adapt to weather in the South.) And I am glad for it! Autumn is probably my favorite season of the year. I love the crisp air, colorful leaves on the trees followed by those same leaves blanketing the ground, the way you can smell fires being lit in fireplaces while walking down the street. I love all of it! The... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | 0 comments
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A Generation of Optimism

by the Rev. Paul McLain, Associate Rector I am writing this on the second anniversary of the death of my 98-year old grandmother, Mary Sessums Walker, of Forkville, a tiny community in Scott County, Mississippi. She was part of what Tom Brokaw calls the Greatest Generation, the generation that survived the Great Depression, won World War II, and built modern day America. As I remember Grandma, words come to mind like faith, strength, hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance. But one... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, November 9, 2016 | 2 comments
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God as Love

by Buddy Stallings, Priest-in-Charge I probably shouldn’t admit this, but clerics are not usually at the top of my A list, certainly not automatically. To be clear, this does not change the fact that some of my best friends are clerics: they are. It is just that there is so much for us in this line of work to overcome before we can be the kind of person I like to hang out with. I feel this way about myself as well. Go figure. This truth makes my new infatuation with Cardinal John... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 0 comments
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The Stone Heart Reconsidered

by the Rev. Eyleen Farmer My husband and I traveled to Ireland in September as part of my three-month sabbatical. I knew to expect the brilliant green and had prepared for rainy days. I had heard about the friendliness of the people and was looking forward to a pint of Guinness. But I had never given a thought to the stones of Ireland. I was enchanted by all things Irish, but mostly, unexpectedly, I couldn’t get enough of the stones. There are roughly 250,000 miles of dry stone... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 0 comments
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The Christian Journey

by Buddy Stallings, Priest-in-Charge The Christian journey is a life-long process. Though we all know this, we sometimes live as if we have either forgotten it or have decided that we, in fact, are done—that we have learned all we need or want to learn and are satisfied with where we are. Last Sunday I taught the Youth Confirmation class for a one-off event and thoroughly enjoyed it. Incidentally but for the record, our kids are bright, thoughtful, and questioning in all the right... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | 0 comments
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Trump and Me

by the Rev. Bill Kolb From the very beginning, I have been able to see some of myself in some of The Donald. I know that part of me that loves attention. I've always had to be careful to try to get it in appropriate ways, and not pay an inappropriate price for recognition. I know that part of me when I was younger that thought I knew better than most. I thought that I could solve any problem, accomplish any goal. I really did. Thank God some brick walls and some passing time,... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 0 comments
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The Ace in our Soul

by Audrey Gonzalez No matter how bad it gets, even when it gets worse than now, we have our ace in the hole - or better, ace in our soul - We have God. All worship, all scripture, all the promises of history tell us one single fact – there is one Almighty God and we belong to Him. He made us. He set up the world. He set up our soul. He is our blessing, our privilege, our comfort, our bodyguard. More than that, we know our God is not a fair-weather God. He doesn’t come out... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 0 comments
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Evensong

by Kristin Lensch, Organist-Choirmaster Evensong:  one of the most beautiful liturgies of the Anglican tradition, the sung office of Evening Prayer. I first encountered it in graduate school and was entranced by the simplistic elegance of the liturgy and the sound of a well-rehearsed choir in a beautiful and reverberant sacred space. The service’s roots are slightly based in the monastic offices, but more so in the long history of Christians gathering to pray together in the... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 0 comments
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