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Vestry Elections on Sunday, November 19

Identifying candidates to serve on the vestry, the governing board of the parish, is one of the most important tasks of our parish community. Members of the vestry act as agents of the parish in all matters involving parish property and assets and assist the parish in its planning and in leadership. A candidate for the vestry

Barney Elam

Providing Light and Hope

by Marshall (Barney) Elam, Calvary Choir Bass


On Sunday, Nov. 5, the choirs of Calvary and Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal churches will join voices at Grace-St. Luke’s to present a Eucharist incorporating Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem for solo baritone, mezzo-soprano, mixed choir, and organ. The service will begin at 5 p.m. Dr. Kristin Lensch, Calvary’s organist-choirmaster,

Receive the Day

by the Rev. Paul McLain


In June, I learned of the death of a friend and mentor, the Rev. Nicolette Papanek. Nicolette taught me much about how to appreciate God and God’s creation. She was a quilter, both with fabrics and words. She had a gift for weaving disparate patches of cloth and ideas into a unified vision that brought

A Note from the Rector on Vestry Elections

Vestry election season is upon us. And several important goods are in tension in parish elections. The first is that an effective vestry depends on a diversity of gifts and perspectives. It needs men and women, of various ages and interests, with different areas of expertise and experience. It needs longstanding members and active people who have

Scaling the Rut, Finding the Way

by the Rev. Scott Walters


Many of you know that a few weeks ago Ardelle and I walked a leg of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This is the third such trip we have taken with a group. Something I love about this strange pedestrian endeavor is the movement back and forth between solitude and

The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store

by the Rev. Mimsy Jones


The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store is the title of the best book I have read in a very long time.


Written by James McBride, acclaimed author of The Color of Water, The Good Lord Bird, and Deacon King Kong (oh my gosh, what a deacon!), The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store is a rollicking, smart,

Big Church

by the Rev. Katherine Bush


I spent last Saturday at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, helping make a new bishop. I can say that I was actually helping because I was part of a group of people who surrounded my friend to officially present her at the start of the liturgy. Projecting (as

Lift High the Cross

by the Reverend Paul McLain


Thursday of this week, Sept. 14, was Holy Cross Day. One of the most important parts of my recent sabbatical was making a pilgrimage to visit crosses that were important in the story of my family in our ancestral homeland of Scotland. It

Greedy Monkeys and the Noonday Stars

by the Rev. Scott Walters


Recently, a paperback copy of The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen showed up in the little library at our house, and I decided to give it a read. It’s the story of a trek into the mountains of Nepal with the field biologist George Shaller after Matthiessen lost his wife to cancer. Shaller

On a Wing and a Prayer

by the Rev. Mimsy Jones


For reasons that no amount of therapists, counselors, or doctors have successfully rid me of (so far), I have had an irrational fear of flying since I was twelve years old. It has not stopped me from traveling extensively with my husband who never heard of a place or country he didn’t want to visit,