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Reckoning with Racism Sunday

We invite you to join us in a liturgy to experience our baptismal covenant more deeply and better understand our responsibility as Episcopalians to see and dismantle the systems that perpetuate racism.

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In Transition

While I can point to and account for many wonderful and meaningful encounters and events and proclamations, it is what happens next in the life of this community that is the most meaningful to me

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Rooted in Gratitude

That is our theme for stewardship this year. Rooted in Gratitude: Imagining, emerging, reaffirming! Notice the exclamation point. Over the next three weeks, you will be hearing from various ministry area leaders and staff.

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Our Prayer Lives

Several of my recent sermons here in the transition from summer to fall have revolved around the theme of prayer – sometimes concrete practices, sometimes more general reflections. I sometimes wonder if it’s wise to preach about prayer, because inevitably the topic will bring up many questions and conversations, and it can feel more nurturing to address these in small groups or other settings tailored specifically for new learning and growth. I’m reminded of this when someone remarks after a sermon, “Oh, I’ve been praying all wrong!” or “I’ve never had an experience like that!”

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Connection and Engagement

While much uncertainty reigns for many reopening plans in church and beyond, there are still several ways to connect with fellow parishioners on our shared journey of faith

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St. Michael’s Day Memories

One of my check-in questions this week with my Zoom small group was to share a memory of a past St. Michael’s Day celebration. It was a little disheartening that we found this to be a challenge. So far into this pandemic, we are forgetting what life was like before – how we would gather, how we marked special occasions, how we used to party.

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Structural Racism & Our Use of Sacred Music

As we face continued uncertainty with COVID variant surges and the suffering of our world in war and climate chaos, the work of the church goes on. I am grateful for the work of a small team of people who began a conversation last year about how structural racism relates to our use of sacred music.

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Deep Vulnerability

We are capable of deep vulnerability. It is possible that we grow in our awareness of being beloved when we allow someone, particularly a stranger, to sing to us.

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A trauma-informed care lens

Through a trauma-informed care lens, we need time to be seen and heard, share our griefs, express the places where we have felt abandoned or even betrayed by this pandemic, and listen for the possibilities of post-trauma growth.

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