Tag: Parishioners

Nature in the Neighborhood

By the time Memorial Day arrives most years, many of us would be plotting our summer getaways, if not already leaving on one. We’d be dreaming of adventure and/or beautiful destinations. This year, with apologies to Dr. Seuss: Oh, The Places You Won’t Go!  This year, adventures may be on hold, but places of great beauty are…

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Waiting on Resurrection

I have a vivid memory of listening to Joani’s sermon the first Sunday of our quarantine, admittedly while I cleaned our house and the boys napped. Anyone else remember not multitasking? But what I mostly remember was how comforting it was to listen to her familiar voice. She encouraged us to think of the hardest…

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Grieving for Strangers

I’ll admit to enjoying a lot about being quarantined: sleeping in, pajamas all day, unstructured hours, long, lazy conversations with my family on the front porch or at the fire pit. But, in the background, I can still sense the constant bell tolling for fellow Americans fighting to breathe, suffering and dying from COVID-19. At…

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Reimagining Joy

It was the year for my organization’s Biannual Conference. The committee had put together a day filled with speakers and breakout sessions around the theme for this year: Wellness, Balance, Equity.  We were hosting it at the Intercontinental at the Wharf, a beautiful venue, on March 10.  Although it was right before the world was completely turned…

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Liturgy, Sticky to the Soul

Often times, we spend a great deal of time urging ourselves and others to attend worship and take part in a congregation of faith, but now it seems we are unable to do this.  What do we do?  Last year, I chose to “de-center” in the words of Bishop Curry and embark on a spiritual journey…

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Never Alone

Brother & Sister, Chris & Rachel Piemonte perform  Tori Kelly’s “Never Alone“ In my time I’ve travelled some roadsA rolling stoneNowhere feels like homeAnd I’ve seen people come, then they goLife is just a story of some highs and some lowsTell me do you believe in miracles?I’m standing here before your eyes I’ve cried many…

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