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December 24: Where is the Star Pointing You?

December 24, 2017

From the Episcopal Networks Collaborative  “O Antiphons:  Advent 2017” INCARNATION Sparking a Grassroots Movement I love to participate in Las Posadas (The Inns), a Mexican/Latin American tradition of depicting Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. I can feel the experience of that journey to Bethlehem, crowds of people around, many of them travelers who were […]

Advent 4: Repairing the Breach in Institutions and Society

December 24, 2017

Pray the Collect for This Sunday. Read the Scripture Together: Luke 1:26-38 Reflection: Here I Am … Imagine young Mary’s surprise: She has just learned she carries the Messiah in her womb. Impossible! Rather than balk at the enormity of her call, Mary leans into the power of the Spirit and says “yes.” The idea of healing and transforming […]

December 22: Do Not Be Afraid

December 22, 2017

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid” – Frederick Buechner In Charlottesville, VA on the afternoon hundreds of angry young men marched through the streets, I understood the words of the heavenly messenger to Mary like never before. Fear in the face of armed racists of every stripe seemed […]

December 21: Repairing the Breach

December 21, 2017

What institutions and systems are broken near us? How will we participate in the repair, restoration, and healing of people, institutions, and systems? I recently witnessed the Province VIII Deacons’ Association gather in Reno, Nevada to grapple with the call of the people of the Church to set the captive free.  They spent three days […]

December 19: Here Am I; Send Me!

December 19, 2017

  Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” Isaiah 6:8 The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look […]

December 18: Practicing the Way of Love

December 18, 2017

Practicing the Way of Love In this holiday season, we often find ourselves attending social gatherings with colleagues, friends, family, and neighbors whom we may find “challenging.” Practicing the way of love sometimes feels like we should swallow our frustration and annoyance, or steer clear of certain topics of conversation for the sake of maintaining […]

Advent 3: Practicing the Way of Love in the Pattern of Jesus

December 16, 2017

Pray the Collect for This Sunday. Read the Scripture together: Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11 Reflection: Stir Us Up The Prophet Isaiah envisions a holy community where all people flourish and seek the good for each other, and it all begins with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. How often do we pause in our efforts and ask God to stir, […]

December 15: Begin with "Why?"

December 15, 2017

In this Advent season of preparation, we await the coming of the one who will redeem us. For some of us, this is a time of hope and joy, while for others of us, it is a time of sorrow or loss. In the midst of this range of human experiences, what does it mean […]

December 14: A DREAMer Proclaims the Dream

December 14, 2017

I am a priest, a seminary professor, an evangelist, a speaker. I am all those things and I am a DREAMer, a child that entered the United States without inspection and that has grown up and adopted this country as her own. There are over 800,000 DREAMers in this country all with different dreams and […]

December 13: Make a Joyful Noise

December 13, 2017

When we have good news, it is hard to keep it under wraps. Whether it is a new baby, a change of career, or an incredible makeover, good news travels fast. Imagine a time when you were so excited to share your news that you were bursting at the seams. What did it feel like […]

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