Advent Reflections

AdventWord 2019: 24. Beloved

December 24, 2019

In this week’s epistle, St. Paul addresses the saints: “To all God’s beloved in Rome… Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” The Episcopal Church’s framework for racial reconciliation, borrowing a phrase from Dr. King, addresses the possibility that we actually can become Beloved Community. And St. John […]

AdventWord 2019: 23. Message

December 23, 2019

The season of Advent is a time of preparation. It’s not about the hustle and bustle, but about waiting for the coming of the One who redeems us all. As Episcopalians, what’s going on all around us from November 1 through December 24 can often be a hard counterpoint to the Advent world we want to be in: decorations and lights are everywhere, Christmas music assaults our ears, shoppers are focused on securing the best deals on gifts, and everyone seems […]

AdventWord 2019: 22. Restore

December 22, 2019

When I think about the importance of manual labor, I think of my brother. The winter he turned twenty, Joshua was living in my grandparents’ basement while he flailed around trying to find himself, attending community college and partying entirely too much, feeling all the things. I have read that most addicts find their bad […]

AdventWord 2019: 21. Rest

December 21, 2019

“Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.” From the Confessions of St. Augustine The last year has been an exciting one when it comes to the Way of Love and our Office of Communication. The popularity of the seven practices for Jesus-centered life – turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and […]

AdventWord 2019: 20. Go

December 20, 2019

“When the path is long, Christ wanders with you. When the path is difficult, God’s spirit carries you. When the path is dangerous, God’s hands embrace you. Go in peace as God’s beloved child.” The words above are from the dismissal at a service that I accidentally wandered into at Oslo Cathedral a few years […]

AdventWord 2019: 19. Bless

December 19, 2019

“My life has been filled with multiple blessings, too many to count. Among the greatest of these blessings are the many different people with whom I have been privileged to share my path – people who have inspired me and guided me through the seasons of my life. “The Episcopal Church was part of a […]

AdventWord 2019: 18. Worship

December 18, 2019

Worship is an integral part in the life and mission of the church. We are an “ecclesia” because we gather to worship. I consider worship as a high priority and I encourage my diverse ethnic constituencies: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander communities to do the same. What is the […]

AdventWord 2019: 17. Pray

December 17, 2019

“Lord, teach us to pray…” Luke 11:1 I was at a conference recently in Brazil and soon after arriving, Luz Maria, a friend from Colombia, approached me with a request for prayer for her presentation at this conference as she was anxious about it. A mutual friend, Ema Rosero-Nordalm from Boston, had suggested that she […]

AdventWord 2019: 16. Learn

December 16, 2019

We learn through information and through experience. The work of the General Convention Office involves creating information and resources for the Church as well as planning and staffing experiences for the whole Church. The GCO is responsible for or has oversight of much of the information – Constitution and Canons, historical records (e.g. Journal of […]

AdventWord 2019: 15. Turn

December 15, 2019

Our faith encourages us to turn toward one another and toward God. Under Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, The Episcopal Church is called to engage Becoming Beloved Community, a set of interrelated commitments around which Episcopalians may organize our many efforts to respond to racial injustice and grow a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers.  Across the Church, Episcopalians […]

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