"Walk in Love": a podcast from Episcopal Migration Ministries

This week we are sharing a podcast from Episcopal Migration Ministries. It's called the "Walk in Love Border Tour". Here's more about it:

Allison and Kendall recently had the opportunity to join the Diocese of West Texas for their Walk in Love Border Tour. The “Walk in Love” border tour highlighted some of the Episcopal ministries and humanitarian efforts in south-central Texas. The May 15-17 tour of Texas began in San Antonio and made stops along the U.S.-Mexico border in Roma, McAllen and Brownsville.

Episcopal Church response to crisis on the border

July 2, 2019

Over the past several weeks, The Episcopal Church has responded to the reports of inhumane conditions for children and other asylum seekers in government custody in a number of ways. This response includes calls for donations and goods from Episcopal dioceses on the border, prayers for those seeking safety, efforts to engage in advocacy, and pastoral messages from bishops around the Church.

The Good Work of God

This weekend we give thanks for the birth of Anna Krista Petrova, the Baptism of William Daly, the safe return of our 17 J2A pilgrims, and for those people who have supported, encouraged, and inspired us on our journey.  We are so proud and happy to have the opportunity to be of support to others on their journey, too.

To Be a Pilgrim: Seeking God and Finding Christian Life

As I’ve been preparing to lead our group of youth and adult pilgrims to Banff this week, I have had the famous English hymn “To Be a Pilgrim” going through my head. Despite its 17th century protestant themes (it’s from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress of 1684), the hymn is useful for thinking about pilgrimage beyond the specific allegorical story for which it was composed. I think it is useful for meditation on the Christian life as pilgrimage from where we are to where God is.

Summer Music at St. Luke’s: An Introduction to Our Guest Organists

Every year as summer approaches and the activities of the school year come to a halt, there is a discernible change in the DC and Alexandria region. Downtown neighborhoods are filled with families who go out to enjoy the beautiful weather on the weekends. Friends share summer vacation plans and meet up for picnics and music in the park. And eventually, the constant traffic we are all so accustomed to becomes a little less congested as people leave town or just slow down. Summers in our area are a special time, when the everyday pace of life slows a bit, and we’re invited to spend a little more time noticing God’s beauty all around us, in the quiet moments of leisure, the laughter of children playing, and the blooming flowers of summer.

Stand up! Resurrection is an ongoing process

A few years ago, I readWrestling with Grace: a Spirituality for the Rough Edges of Daily Life, by Robert Corin Morris.  The book can be described as offering lessons on “spiritual stress management” techniques. How do you turn “stubbing your toe” into a spiritual moment, sort of like that. The book sits on my table and beckons me sometimes. I recently picked it up again as I was preparing a reflection for the vestry.

Confirmation Sunday

This Sunday our Bishop, Susan Goff, will lead us in celebration of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.

I ask your prayers for those who have decided to make their confirmation and for those who have decided not to make their confirmation.  I am persuaded that in every case it is a commitment to seeking the truth that motivates the decision.  

I also ask your prayers of thanksgiving for our J2A and Rite 13 mentors and parents, who are a little like active duty military.  They bear personally the responsibility that belongs to all of us.  And let’s remember, that responsibility is not to make good Christians of our young people.  It is to care for our young people as they explore the meaning and practice of Christian life.  It is work that belongs to all of us.

The Holy Spirit will come, but for now, watch and wait...

“I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2)      

In the verses just before the Gospel we will read this week, John highlights the connection between the Resurrection we have celebrated over the past few weeks and the Ascension, which the Western Church celebrates this coming Thursday, May 30th. Once Jesus has passed through death and into his glory with the Father, he beckons us to join him. Ascension Day is often quickly passed over between the events of Easter and the powerful coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, but we would to well to linger and wait for the Spirit Jesus will send to help us keep his word.

The Ascension. Hans Suss von Kulmbach, 1513. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.

Knowing the Presence of God

For the past 15 years or so, I've been spending Sunday mornings with young children in a program called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. You may have wondered what keeps me there, week after week, year after year. Well, let me tell you a story. 

When I was young, I remember seeing the difference between the world as it is and the world as we want it to be. I remember marching for peace in Central Park in 1982 when it seemed nuclear war was a real possibility. I remember being moved by Ben Kingsley's portrayal of Ghandi. I knew that I wanted to see that day when God will "wipe away every year from their eyes". But how will that come to pass? 

Perfection and Unconditional Love

Both of my daughters’ birthdays arrive early in the year and as a result spring is when it becomes difficult for me to avoid noticing their march toward adulthood and independence. This always prompts me to do a little soul-searching about how I am doing as a mother. Becoming a parent is an enormous leap of faith and I think we all wonder if we will be able to pull it off and do a decent job.  So this time of year I always end up giving myself a little mom performance review and, without fail, I mostly think about the ways that I have failed.