This week I wrestle further with the concept of pruning and its purpose. I hang to to parts of me I’d rather keep, such as my sense of any control over the trajectory of my life, and even my own worries about me and those I love. In the midst of my pondering came
‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. John 15:1-2 With spring at last in the air, a gardener’s thoughts often turn to pruning. Pruning is an
GOD-dreaMs Christ Church Vestry Retreat March 20, 2021 For the church –Find the funding to repair the steeple and the cross. –Provide a welcoming bench; create a safe and comfortable place to assist “wanderers” with resources, and to find peace and a sense of belonging. –Lead a racial reconciliation pilgrimage in our community or diocese
We lift our voices with our neighbors, including people across this land and the world, offering prayers and words of remembrance, healing, and hope. We have learned new ways to connect online and at a distance through which we came to appreciate each other all the more. May we go forth to see and
Last week I shared with you the Great Litany which grounds our journey of Lent and deepens our relationship with God and with one another as we ponder what we have done and left undone. This week I offer you a Litany of Repentance. As we continue to watch the trial of Derek Chauvin unfold
Lent is well under way and I am introducing a time-honored prayer practice into this season. It is a powerful prayer which seems to cover all that is in my heart and more. The Great Litany from the Book of Common Prayer is a gift to each one of us. Normally we chant it on
Looking around at the dramatic decline in our national health, the deeper awareness of the inequity and pain of long-operating racist systems, and the violent challenges to our democracy our hearts do break, but do they break open? Let us rend our hearts that we may listen, look, and love God and one another with our whole hearts.
Jones continued to lead the Episcopal community, focusing especially on serving the African American community. He founded a day school (as African Americans were excluded from attending public school), the Female Benevolent Society, and an African Friendly Society. In 1800 he called upon Congress to abolish the slave trade and to provide for gradual emancipation of existing slaves. Jones died in 1818.
How easy to grab our identity from a group, another person, or a situation. We can call ourselves Episcopalian, New Yorkers, Republican, Democrat, Progressive, white, working class, professional, Black, American, knitter, fisherman, golfer. While we find part of ourselves in these groups, our true identity is within us and in our lives in