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Inconvenient Cure

by the Rev. Katherine Bush

 

In May, the Surgeon General of the United States issued a warning about an epidemic, not of a new strain of COVID or some other infectious disease, but of loneliness. You may not have read the bulletin from the Department of Health and Human Services, but you might have noticed an uptick this

Eyes to See

by the Rev. Mimsy Jones

 

In the thirteenth chapter of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus flings out  parables like a sower flinging seed across a field:

 

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in a field…The kingdom of God is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with flour…The kingdom of God is like a

Forty-nine Years Ago

by the Rev. Katherine Bush

 

Forty-nine years ago, on July 29, 1974, eleven women were ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. There are eleven particular stories to tell about these women, and more stories to tell about the three bishops who chose to lay hands on their heads and bring them into the priesthood.

Groundhog Day in Maine

by the Rev. Mimsy Jones

 

With all due respect to Oscar Wilde who smugly opined, ‘conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative,’ let’s talk about the weather we’ve been having lately:  Not just the insufferable heat and humidity in Memphis, but also the bizarre weather that has befallen the coast of Maine where I have been

Dwelling in the Word

by the Rev. Katherine Bush

 

Dwell is one of my favorite words. It sounds a little old-fashioned, or maybe like a word from a fairy tale, conjuring a hidden home in the woods. In the Bible, it’s repeated all the way through from dwelling in tents to sparrows dwelling near the altar to Christ dwelling in the world

LISTEN!

by the Rev. Mimsy Jones

 

Do you know about the Merlin app?  If not, I have a wonderful tip for you.  Merlin is a free global bird guide for birds in the US, Canada, and Europe, the perfect companion for summer travels as well as staycations.   I learned about it this spring from my friend Barbara, a seasoned naturalist.

 

Here’s how

The Pit and the Wings

by the Rev. Paul McLain

 

In our Praying the Psalms class on Sunday mornings, we have discussed two of the images often depicted in the Psalms – the pit and the wings. The pit is the place in which people are put to render them null and void. It is the place where we are reduced to powerlessness. It is

Flourishing

by the Rev. Scott Walters

 

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the word flourish. This morning, I finished up a stool I made with a scrap of cyprus, the last bit of several thick planks I retrieved from my friend Robert’s shop on South Main before he sold it to a developer and moved to Franklin. The board was pretty

‘The Harshest Winter Finds in us An Invincible Spring’

by the Ven. Mimsy Jones

 

These words, attributed to Albert Camus, the Algerian-born French philosopher, author, journalist, and recipient of the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize in Literature, have seen me through many a ‘harsh winter.’

 

I first read them on a small scroll hanging in a bookstore, and since the scroll was for sale, I bought it and nailed it on

Believing Impossible Things

by the Rev. Katherine Bush

 

Hanging in my office is an icon of Mary Magdelene holding a red egg. I love it. Partly because for years my mom participated in an annual icon-writing workshop at Holy Communion, and this icon is a gift from that class. Also, Mary