Advent Reflections

AdventWord 2019: 14. Gather

December 14, 2019

When I first moved to Liverpool, I had met only one person, through Skype, who picked me up at the airport. I was nervous; I had never lived so far away from my family before, moved to a place I had never been before, to meet and work and worship with people I had never […]

AdventWord 2019: 13. Water

December 13, 2019

It is easy to overlook the powerful nature of water. Many of us engage with water when it is controlled – pouring out of taps in our houses or running from a pump in a well. But water is a powerful force. Water can turn a piece of broken glass into a soft rock, carve […]

AdventWord 2019: 12. Harmony

December 12, 2019

Bringing people and cultures together. Singing hymns in the Navajo language. Gathering together in hózhó, in beauty, balance, and the love of Christ. This is what harmony means in the Episcopal Church in Navajoland (ECN). The Episcopal Church in Navajoland (ECN) seeks to invite people in the region into loving, liberating, and life-giving relationship with God, with each other, and with […]

AdventWord 2019: 11. Confess

December 11, 2019

We humans get so many things wrong, but we also get a lot of things right; we are often cruel and make a mess of our world, but we also create glorious art and do amazingly kind things for others. I spent this past October traveling in Spain with 35 other UTO Pilgrims on the […]

AdventWord 2019: 10. Grace

December 10, 2019

In August 2017, a group of young people and their leaders gathered in Shrine Mont, Virginia… Shrine Mont is the spiritual heart of the Virginia Diocese – a “thin place”, a beautiful place of retreat, and the perfect location to conclude a two-year journey traveling as Triangle of Hope pilgrims. The Triangle of Hope is […]

AdventWord 2019: 9. Root

December 9, 2019

Sitting on my couch, broken foot in cast, holiday and life plans completely jacked up, I had my very own conversion experience. But instead of hearing God say, “Go,” I heard him say, very clearly, “Stay.”  had counted on selling our house and moving to make me happy. To make my husband happy. To be […]

AdventWord 2019: 8. Worthy

December 8, 2019

“I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Matthew 3:11, NRSV I can’t speak for everyone who works for The Episcopal Church, but I can speak for myself – […]

AdventWord 2019: 7. Unity

December 7, 2019

Advent confronts us with a comforting truth that in spite of seemingly insurmountable challenges we have at a personal, family, national, ecumenical, or interfaith level, or within the Anglican Communion, God’s unshakable promise that He will be with us does not depend on these decisions or challenges. God is waiting to be born again or […]

AdventWord 2019: 6. House

December 6, 2019

Scraping windows is one of those chores that can only be done slowly. Repeatedly. Diligently. Painstakingly. And it is awful, boring, sweat-producing, tedious work. I was scraping our windows so that we could repaint them a newer, shinier, more appealing hue of white, in an attempt to lure a buyer for our house. I was […]

AdventWord 2019: 5. Raise

December 5, 2019

Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring … at Voorhees College and Saint Augustine’s University, two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) founded by The Episcopal Church, voices are raised this season in celebration of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Why support our Episcopal HBCUs? Voorhees College and Saint Augustine’s provide an excellent liberal […]

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