Thursday, October 26, 2017

Identity

I was visiting a parish last night that is in transition (meaning they currently have an interim priest and are in the process of calling their next rector). They expressed fear over losing their identity. It manifested in some other ways but really came down to that they don't want to change who they are.

I like to say that The Episcopal Church wants you to become your best self and supports you in that. I also can then extrapolate that they want our churches to be their best selves as well. But we don't determine what that best self is. Every church is different as every person is different. We are better by our diversity of styles, theology, demographic makeup, etc... So each church needs to be listening for the Holy Spirit to manifest what that best self is. And it changes so keep listening!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Dream

I have been purposely pretty quiet the last couple of months. There has been a lot I could talk about but felt it was prudent to be in a time of listening more than talking. In August, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in favor of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina but that is far from the end of this journey. I won't go into the details as they are well reported. Here is a local news article that summarizes the last two months in a fair way.

Monday, July 17, 2017

EYE...the best thing The Episcopal Church does

I had heard that before, that the Episcopal Youth Event was the best thing The Episcopal Church does but I am not sure I really believed it. Why would we save the best thing for our youth and not let everyone else be a part of it? Why would we only do it three years if it was so amazing.

But then I had the privilege of chaperoning a group from The Episcopal Church in South Carolina this past week. What I learned is that we don't save the best thing for our youth, they create it and we, the adults, only let them have it every three years.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Think outside the sandbox

Our sad sandbox
We have a sandbox in our backyard that my father-in-law made my children. It was popular for a number of years but has been neglected recently as they have grown out of that stage in our lives. But I wasn't sure what to do with it. It is a sacred space for us and I was afraid to change it. I have also wanted a vegetable garden but was overwhelmed with the thought of digging up part of our yard to create one or build a raised bed. I am not known for a green thumb as much as my mom has tried.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Perfectly Imperfect

My perfectly imperfect feet
I had big plans for today. Even a list (I really like lists) of everything I had to get done to get ready for the weekend. I got thrown a few curveballs and ended up in the office putting out fires and had to put my list on hold. One of the things I had planned was a pedicure.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Holy Week in the Funeral Home

People are often surprised when I tell them I go to church in a funeral home. They bring up memories of uncomfortable receiving lines and wondering if you said the right thing or a beloved relative's funeral. But for me, it feels like the perfect place to be in Holy Week. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Church when the weather doesn't cooperate

Last Sunday, the weather across the East Coast was rather frightful and a number of churches were not able to have their traditional service. What can you do in this instance? You could cuddle up next to the fire under a warm blanket or you could offer church in different ways. Whether you are cancelling church altogether or are expecting decreased attendance, there are many ways that you can connect to those at home or far away.