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February 8, 2018

Background reading for Lent

Pilgrimage is this year’s Lenten theme.  Several books are useful resources, including: The Soul of a Pilgrim:  Eight Practices for the Journey Within by Christine Valters Painter.  Notre Dame, Indiana:  Sorin Books, 2015 Pilgrimage:  The Sacred Art.  Journey to the Center of the Heart by Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook.  Woodstock, Vermont:  Skylight Paths Publishing, 2013.

February 8, 2018

The full nature of God

A question was posed at the Town Hall meeting last Sunday about gender-neutral language for God.  A news outlet picked up a story about a resolution at the Episcopal Diocese of Washington’s annual convention.  A description of the convention and resolutions may be found at:  https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2018/02/07/dioceses-call-for-expansive-language-for-god-sparks-debate-on-gender-neutral-episcopal-liturgies Some thoughts: Liturgies using inclusive language have been authorized […]

February 5, 2018

“Loads” of Faith

An Episcopal congregation in Southern California found a unique mission opportunity in a local laundromat.  One night a week, members of the church would gather at the laundromat frequented by homeless and working poor people.  Church members greeted laundromat patrons as they came in, helped with laundry, provided a snack, and invited people into a […]

January 18, 2018

The ministry of children

The ministry of children In a theology of the Eucharist, we speak of communion as the “real presence” of Christ.  How Jesus is present in the Eucharist is a matter of mystery. When a child asks to stand with me at the altar during the celebration of the Eucharist, the child is offering his or […]

December 21, 2017

And Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.

The Very Rev. Cynthia Kittredge, Dean and President of the Seminary of the Southwest, wrote a wise and insightful Christmas meditation.  May we all ponder God’s word this Christmas. And Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” –Luke 2:19 As Advent comes to a close with the birth of Jesus, I […]

December 7, 2017

True Consolation

The October fires in Sonoma County claimed more than 40 lives and 9000 structures.  In the Santa Rosa area, at least 11 families belonging to the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation lost their homes. Faith Church immediately sent $950 to Fr. Jim Richardson’s discretionary fund.  This Sunday, hear how the funds helped two families begin […]

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