Lori Erickson

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Lori Erickson writes about inner and outer journeys at http://www.spiritualtravels.info/.  She serves as a deacon at Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City, Iowa.

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December 19, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] A number of years ago I helped plan a church event that despite our best efforts attracted only a handful of people. Afterwards one of the other organizers consoled me by saying: “Remember, Jesus said feed...

November 15, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] On a recent visit to a museum dedicated to Christian religious arts, I came up with a potential addition to the Ten Commandments: Thou shalt not use life-size wax mannequins wearing bad wigs and bed sheets to...

October 1, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] A number of years ago, my family and I came back to the United States after a semester in England. As we were going through customs, an official picked up my son’s backpack, felt its heft, and exclaimed,...

August 30, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] On a recent trip to upstate New York, my family and I visited the Abbey of the Genesee, a Trappist monastery overlooking the green, rolling countryside south of Rochester. In its gift store, loaves of bread made...

July 25, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] Some years ago, a priest in our church made a passing comment that has stuck with me ever since. Looking up at the stained glass window behind our altar depicting Jesus as the Good Shepherd, he said, “That...

July 1, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] Each week, my home church hosts eleven Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, and other 12 Step groups. I know a number of parishioners who struggle with alcoholism. But addiction has been largely a hidden disease and...

May 24, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] While the church honors its dead on All Saints Day in November, the national holiday of Memorial Day also has deep resonance for many of us. The observance began as a way to pay tribute to those who had died in...

April 30, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] Through the years I’ve been part of several church groups in which participants were asked to share their spiritual autobiographies. While people usually told stories of their personal failures, successes,...

April 12, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] If you walk by my church on a warm spring day, at first glance you might think we’ve been targeted by pranksters: outside our front door, several of the trees bear a rainbow of ribbons, brightly colored...

March 11, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] As I make my way through the season of Lent again this year, my thoughts return to a visit I made to Jerusalem in January. If I close my eyes I can summon in an instant the twisting labyrinth of streets in the Old...

January 29, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] As Christians we practice prayer, we talk about prayer, and (if we’re ordained) we preach about prayer. But this past fall I got the chance to learn about prayer from a different perspective while writing a...

January 5, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] One of the things I love about traveling is how being in a different place can trigger epiphanies that startle and challenge me. On a recent trip to New Zealand, for example, I was surprised to meet John the...

December 14, 2011

[Episcopal News Service] On a recent trip to New Zealand, I was saddened to learn that I wouldn’t be able to see Christchurch Cathedral, the symbolic heart of the City of Christchurch and the home parish for hundreds of Anglicans. Earlier...

November 21, 2011

As Thanksgiving comes around once again, I find myself thinking of a visit I made this past summer to Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Massachusetts that recreates the seventeenth-century world of the Pilgrims and the people...

October 10, 2011

The witches are gathering in Salem, Massachusetts, this month -- along with wizards and warlocks and a host of elaborately costumed revelers, who flock to this seaside town every October for one of the nation's largest Halloween...

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