Advent Reflections

AdventWord: Grow

December 11, 2018

The Young Adult Service Corps is giving me the opportunity to experience God in another part of his kingdom and build relationships. It has inspired my spiritual and personal growth. I am working alongside our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Communion to promote values of sharing, stewarding God’s creation, and economic development through the […]

AdventWord: Alert

December 8, 2018

Encouraging Episcopalians to engage in the political process through advocacy and voting is a key component of our work in the Office of Government Relations. One of the ways we help connect Episcopalians with their elected officials is by sending Action Alerts out to the Episcopal Public Policy Network, which is housed within our office. […]

AdventWord: Light

December 6, 2018

As our days shorten in the north, we lament the loss of light and seek alternatives to illuminate our spaces. Candles, lamps, and fires provide comfort and we seek the warmth the sun no longer provides through hot drinks, hugs, soups, and blankets. The image of light calls much to mind, making it hard to […]

AdventWord: Night

December 5, 2018

On Sunday, April 3, 2016, I wanted to die. I was lying in bed, at the end of my rope, after long years of depression, angst, substance abuse, and trauma. This is not the place to go into all the details, but I was at my bottom. Faithless, miserable, and unable to get out of […]

AdventWord: Focus

December 4, 2018

As one might imagine, humanitarians are prominent in the history of the Episcopal Church, and the Archives of the Episcopal Church works tirelessly to acquire and maintain their papers—including those of Episcopalians Mary and Julia Chester Emery (1852-1922). These amazing sisters propelled the Church’s mission forward by growing the Women’s Auxiliary and establishing the United […]

AdventWord: Watch

December 3, 2018

“Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.” It is way too easy to fall asleep spiritually. When you are spiritually asleep, you might still pray, but it can feel like you are just going through the motions. It happens […]

AdventWord: Journey

December 2, 2018

It was the story of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt as refugees that inspired Episcopalians in Southern Ohio in the 1930s to offer refuge to those fleeing Nazi Europe. For the first time since World War II, there are more than 65.6 million displaced people worldwide, including more than 22.5 million refugees. Episcopal Migration […]

Advent devotions offered by heads of Episcopal Church, Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

December 2, 2016

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry joined the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in preparing Advent Devotions for the upcoming liturgical season. Titled “Liberated by God’s Grace” and available here. The weekly devotions were prepared by The Most Rev. […]

Advent 2016 Reflections on Social Justice

November 17, 2016

The Episcopal Networks Collaborative, consisting of the Episcopal Network for Economic Justice, the Union of Black Episcopalians, and the Episcopal Ecological Network, has published a new  resource for preachers entitled Reflections on Social Justice for the Season of Advent. The Rev. Richard Burnett of Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus, Ohio writes in the introduction: We began […]

Liberated by God’s Grace: 2016 Advent Devotions

October 31, 2016

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry joined the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in preparing Advent Devotions for the upcoming liturgical season. Titled “Liberated by God’s Grace,” the weekly devotions were prepared by The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry. Presiding Bishop and […]

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