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This Week: August 18, 2017

Dear Friends~ Once again, I have to say it’s been a tough week. And I know the church is called to speak to what we have witnessed. Virginia bishops Johnston and Gulick, with other clergy and laity witnessing in Charlottesville … Continue reading

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This Week: August 11, 2017

Today we honor and remember the life of Laurence, Deacon and Martyr. You may know that Laurence (or as they spell it, Lawrence) is the patron saint of the Roman Catholic Church in Redondo Beach. Laurence was martyred during the reign … Continue reading

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This week: July 27th, 2017

Where do you hear God? In church? On a long walk? At your favorite spot – mountains or shore or desert? Do you think you’d be able to hear God in a bustling Wal-Mart store while trying to satisfy a … Continue reading

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This Week: July 7, 2017

Dear Friends~   I spent some time this morning talking with a parishioner about daily prayer. I suggested that finding a type of prayer that allows you to become open to the presence of God is what’s most important. There … Continue reading

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This Week: June 30, 2017

Dear Friends~   Today is the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul*.  Can you tell them apart? Carlo Crivelli. 15th century. The National Gallery, London. There are key elements (oh, pardon the pun!) that often distinguish them. Peter usually … Continue reading

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This Week: May 25, 2017

Happy Ascension Day! In the words of the ancient hymn that we will sing on Sunday: “Day when the Christ ascends, high in the heavens to reign.” The Ascension brings the love of God full-circle. The human Jesus, who came … Continue reading

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This Week: May 17, 2017

It’s a word to strike fear into the heart of many Episcopalians. I think many of us worry about evangelism because it brings up a type of Christian message and pressure we don’t agree with. One that conjures up for … Continue reading

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This Week: May 14, 2017

I wish I could be in Jordan on Saturday.  Jordan, New York, that is, when Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe blesses the bikes and then joins the group ride, weather permitting! An article about the bishop’s novel hobby quotes her describing an … Continue reading

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This Week: May 4, 2017

I’ve been reading a lot about the Ascension in the last few days. I cavalierly decided to make the Ascension the theme of our May Taizé service—since Ascension Day is coming on May 25th. And then, of course, I was … Continue reading

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This Week: April 27, 2017

Are you going? Me, too! The consecration of a new bishop doesn’t happen very often, and when it does it’s a glorious liturgical event. The people of the diocese and the larger church gather and the power of the Holy … Continue reading

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