Category Archives: St. Clare of Assisi

The burden of love

“Love God from the depths of your heart and Jesus His Son, Who was crucified for us sinners.  Never let the thought of Him leave your mind but meditate constantly on the mysteries of the Cross and the anguish of … Continue reading

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A new name: living into ‘mother’

When I was a young girl in the Episcopal Church, there were never any females at the altar.  Acolytes were always boys and priests men.  The first time I saw a woman at the altar was strange and took getting … Continue reading

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When two or three are gathered together in my name…

The work of St. Clare of Assisi, a new ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida, is beginning to take shape.  I am delighted to be working with lay leaders Cecilia and Bill Wheeler, who are helping to launch our … Continue reading

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Exposing oneself: comedy, church planting and other risky ventures

In a previous life, when I was part of a start-up effort to raise money for higher education, my dear boss Jim characterized my particular assignment this way: “It’s like driving a car while you’re building the engine.”  Don’t expect … Continue reading

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Beyond the wilderness

When I was a second-year student at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, one of the first year students arrived barefoot for the opening service of Morning Prayer.  He came to everything barefoot.  Initially this bothered me, bothered the “genteel” sensibility … Continue reading

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When a haircut is a liturgical act

“Go forth without fear, for he that created you has sanctified you, has always protected you, and loves you like a mother.” – St. Clare of Assisi This evening as news reports roll out about starvation in Somalia – 600,000 children … Continue reading

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