Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
My cat Scooter died. A colleague’s dog died. Two kids at church are struggling with the loss of a beloved family pet. And our Saint Francis day celebrations are around the corner.
|The Rev. Jessica Hitchcock|
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
As we discussed where we’d like to end up for dinner, we barely noticed a harmless looking group of pedestrians walking towards us. I instinctively staked my claim on a narrow swath of sidewalk and held my line believing that the tall, burly young man who was headed my way would surely angle his body enough to assure our mutual safe passage. After all, I was nearly old enough to be his grandfather and displayed the gray hair to prove it.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
|The Rev. Canon Jan Cope in Alaska|
In August my husband, John, and I went to Alaska for our vacation—a place we had never been and had heard so much about. We both love nature and exploring new places so this seemed like a good choice. We were prepared to see wildlife, beautiful mountains, streams and rivers, and exquisite sunrises and sunsets. What I was wholly unprepared for was encountering the sheer magnitude and awesomeness of our Creator as we cruised through Glacier Bay National Park.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
|The Rev. Jason Cox|
In 2006, I spent a summer studying at the College of the Transfiguration, the Anglican Seminary in Grahamstown, a university town of about 70,000 in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. I was taking a course called “Contextual Theology” and I wrote a paper about doing ministry in context, based on my observations of two very different church communities in the town. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it turns out that the community that tried to understand and respond sensitively to the surrounding context was vibrant and growing. The community that ignored the context wasn’t working. My summer in Grahamstown convinced me that our calling isn’t to create the church in our heads that we think ought to exist--that doesn’t work. Instead, our calling is to listen for where the Spirit is already at work, and do our best to join in that work.