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“No worries. We’re all just doing the best we can these days.”

by the Ven. Mimsy Jones

Ebet Peeples, Calvary’s Coordinator for Welcome and Community, texted those twelve words to me the day after I confessed to her that I had missed the deadline to turn in my January blog. If you know Ebet at all, or have ever watched her in action, you will understand what I mean when I

The Soul of Calvary

by the Rev. Paul McLain

A musician on his deathbed last fall shared one of the most convincing proofs of the existence of God that I have ever heard. His eyes lit up when he thought about downtown Memphis. He reflected on the unique culture, music, food, and vibe, how the city itself has a soul. He thought for

Sabbath Attention

by the Rev. Scott Walters

 

Recently I heard a writer named Judith Shulevitz interviewed by Ezra Klein on sabbath keeping, which strikes me as a fine topic for consideration in the New Year. (Here’s a link for the curious: Click Here)

In the interview, Shulevitz referenced a fascinating study at Princeton Seminary by a couple of social psychologists

Joseph

by the Rev. Paul McLain

 

When Ruthie and I lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of our favorite places to visit was a small Gothic church on the Old Santa Fe Trail called the Loretto Chapel. It was built in 1873 and is still in use today. There is a legend about the chapel:

“When the Loretto Chapel was built,

Welcoming Worry

by the Rev. Scott Walters

 

Somewhere in southern Virginia, driving home from a wonderfully relaxing Thanksgiving in Richmond with our kids, I asked Ardelle if she wanted to listen to a podcast episode about anxiety. She said, “sure,” and so we did that. Which, it occurs to me now, might provoke some anxiety in you at the thought of being

The Year I Played with a Full Deck

by the Ven. Mimsy Jones

 

Some of the best advice I have ever received came from a woman named Mary Jennings – Sister Mary Jennings, to be exact.

 

Sister Jennings was one of a small group of nuns (and one priest- male, of course) from the Roman Catholic Cenacle Retreat House in St. Louis who came to Memphis every summer to

Stay Connected

by the Rev. Paul McLain

 

Since last Wednesday, I experienced the deaths of six persons in my circle of Calvary, previous parishes, and personal friendships. And some of you told me of others in your circles who died over the last few days. Two mantras I keep repeating have helped me through these days. One is, ‘be gentle with yourself.’

Overriding the Default Setting

by the Rev. Scott Walters

 

“In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.” – David Foster Wallace

 

The quote above is from David Foster Wallace’s commencement address at Kenyon College

Triage Artistry

by the Rev. Paul McLain

 

During a recent conversation about the overload of tasks, information, distressing news, and distractions that so many of us are experiencing these days, a wise person observed, “we are all becoming triage artists.” By that he meant we all, even retirees, are learning to prioritize the vast amount of our external stimuli in the instant,

“Are you still alive?”

by the Ven. Mimsy Jones

 

One morning in late August, as I finished a delicious breakfast of soft scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, and a warm blueberry muffin served to me in my cramped but clean hospital room in Camden, Maine, I heard someone I assumed was a doctor (it was way too early for family to visit) ask in a