“Holed Up for a Year, I Hope…” (Holy Week Series Intro)

Welcome to Emmanuel Voices’ Holy Week Series

“Holed Up for a Year, I Hope…”

Premiering Saturday, March 27, 2021

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“Holed Up for a Year, I Hope…” is a Holy Week blogging project that I dreamed up. A few weeks ago in our Thursday Weekly E-news, this is the call I put out to my parish and beyond:

Holed Up for a Year: Blog Prompt for Emmanuel Voices

We are coming up on the high holy days of Holy Week and Easter. This March marks a year that we have been holed up at home hoping and praying for this pandemic to end. Much more than holed up for a year, we have all had to rethink, reconfigure, and rearrange our lives in ways we have never dreamed of before.

A year of tragic loss and grief has broken down the illusion of safety and security. But it has also brought forth deeper connection and community, creativity and ingenuity. 

A year of loss may also be a year of resurrection.

We are both different and the same as we were a year ago.  And because of this we each have a valuable story to tell.

This blog is a forum to hear from everyone, hence its name! Each post is different and reflects the blogger’s point of view. Some are very, very short and some are long. Some include art or music or links to further explore your ideas. 

The more voices we hear from all the better!

So, I invited contributors to start with this prompt: 

“Holed Up for a Year, I hope….fill in the blank.” 

LOTS of wonderful folks have answered this literary call! The collection from a wide variety of contributors includes prose, poetry, art, podcasts, music, and more. The entire series, Netflix style, is being released on Saturday, March 27. The eve of Palm Sunday. You can check out the entire series by clicking here.

You will notice all of the titles include “hope”! Enjoy one at a time or binge read. Coming up:

Hope after the Storm, Susan Goff, Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia

Happy Healing Hopeful Anniversary, Chuck McCoart, Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Choosing Hope Over Fear, Janie Piemonte, Emmanuel’s Parish Administrator

Finding Hope in the Kitchen, Colleen Clark, Senior Director of Strategic Gifts, Meals on Wheels America

A Kingdom of Truth and Hope and Glory?, C. Neal Goldsborough, Retired Episcopal Priest

Hope Makes for the Best of Friends, Nancy Dupree, Emmanuel Parishioner

Bells of Hope, Ryan Fitch, MM & Emmanuel’s Handbell Choir

Hoping for Normal? Not So Much. Toni Buranen, Relgion Faculty at Georgetown Visitation

Pregnant with Hope, Hayes Willingham, Occupational Therapist, Artist & Mom.

Starry Eyed Hope, KC Robertson, Chaplain at St. Margaret’s School, San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Heading for Hope, Nan DeRenzi, retired Naval officer, senior executive & spiritual seeker.

The Hope Business & Hoping to Linger Among the Alleluias, Joani Peacock, Editor-in-Chief of Emmanuel Voices.

A few more bonus posts may also be on the way!

You can check out the entire series by clicking here!

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