As this crisis continues, and Holy Week begins, I find myself struggling to say compact, pithy, and hopeful things. Yet for some reason I’m writing poetry, maybe because poetry is about wondering and questions, rather than concrete assertions. I can’t . . .
The reading and sharing of poetry is a huge part of our spiritual practice at St. Stephen’s, so this morning I share this poem by Joy Ladin with you. Some brief commentary will follow it. So here we are, alone . . .
We will be live-streaming our 10:30 AM Sunday service on Facebook. In order to watch, you only need to go to the parish’s Facebook page (the link is in the menu to the left). Don’t worry if you’re not on . . .
The Midday Prayer group was discussing the ways in which our worship is trying to relocate itself from our church sanctuary to our homes. Someone talked about the ways that people in other faith traditions that have more established practices . . .
Part of the power of praying the Daily Office lies in the fact that it follows a different lectionary. Yes, the Episcopal Church has two lectionaries, one for Sundays and feast days, and one for the Daily Office. The Daily . . .
I went to the church this morning to pick up some things that we’ll need in order to hold worship in our homes. It was very sad to stand in the sanctuary and know that I won’t be returning to . . .
Plans are falling into place for our Holy Week services, and so I can say with some confidence that what you read here is what will happen next week. Palm Sunday, Sunday Morning at 10:30 AM We will hold our . . .
As those who have been participating in the Lenten Series know, the Christian mystics all assert that in order to get close to God, we have to get out of our own way. They call this process of getting out . . .
Because I don’t have much understanding of the Daily Offices, and because my concern is with mystical theology, with what happens to us in liturgy, as David Fagerberg puts it, I have been asking people who get great strength and . . .
As my students in the School for Diaconal Formation know, I am terrible at teaching the daily offices. The offices have never really been part of my devotional life, so I don’t have any real understanding of them. I’m attracted . . .
As Holy Week approaches, my thoughts turn to worship, specifically how our worship might change during this crisis. I’m not a liturgical theologian. I don’t spend a great deal of time thinking about worship. I suppose, if I’m any kind . . .
Every year my daughter’s English teacher asks his students where they think the self is located in the body. Boys mostly touch their heads and girls mostly touch their hearts, which tells us a lot about gender socialization. When he . . .
This evening we’ll continue our series on Evelyn Underhill’s stages of the mystical life by doing a deep dive into St. John of the Cross’s Dark Night of the Soul, accompanied by plenty of poems and art works to help illustrate John’s . . .
The president’s stated wish that people go flocking back to the churches on Easter Sunday was a shock to me, but it took a a friend’s comment for me to understand why. The president’s concern is for the economy — . . .
I have to confess that I’m heartily tired of Zoom. This is, of course, not the technology’s fault. But I feel like one of the Israelites, wandering in the wilderness and complaining about manna. Things were better in the good . . .
During yesterday’s Midday Prayer service, the eleven us of gathered together on Zoom spent some time considering the text of the Lord’s Prayer. We were particularly interested in the phrase “save us from the time of trial.” I pointed out . . .
Yesterday morning we live-streamed our service for the first time. There were nine of us in the church – myself; Deacon deniray; Dennis our music director; our four wonderful choral scholars, Nathan, John, Amanda and Sam; and Daniel and Molly to . . .
When I was training to become a spiritual director, I learned Eugene Gendlin’s focusing process, a way of unlocking all of the knowledge and wisdom that our bodies hold for us. Since then, my relationship to my body has changed. . . .
I rejoined Facebook this week, since that’s where many of the members of our beloved church are socializing, and I feel a need to check-in, to make sure that people are okay. I created a new account as the priest . . .
We will use Zoom to hold our regularly scheduled Lenten Program tonight. We’ve been exploring Evelyn Underhill’s stages of the Christian mystical life, using poetry and art to help our understanding. This week we’ll consider her third stage, The Illumination . . .