Tag Archives: new ministry

The gift of encouragement.

“I want your voice on my GPS,” my friend Kate remarked a few years ago.  She was driving a group of us to a retreat at Holy Cross Monastery, along the Hudson River. As often happens when traveling “country” roads, … Continue reading

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Getting older is getting freer

“Why bother.” “You’re only going to fail.” “No one will support this.” Being obedient to God can be daunting.  For one thing, if I am honest with myself, even when I sense very strongly that God is calling me to … Continue reading

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The face of Christ

God is everywhere. Jesus promises to be with us always. All that is.  This is what God holds in his palm, according to Julian of Norwich. We like statements of certainty that affirm God’s presence and action in our lives, … Continue reading

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The challenge of a new thing

This morning’s Daily Office includes Ezra 3:1-13, which describes the beginning of rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem, following the return of Israelites from the Babylonian exile.  In verses 10-13, the new foundation has been laid, and so the people gather … Continue reading

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Resilience is something we do.

At a clergy retreat earlier this week, we focused on the topic of clergy wellness.  The approach was holistic.  We discussed wellness as it pertains to our physical, spiritual, emotional and social lives.  In his closing homily, our Bishop related … Continue reading

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Only everything.

Folks in Alcoholics Anonymous often give prospective members the following reassurance: We will only ask you to change this one thing — EVERYTHING.  Them thar are fightin’ words.  A person would have to be pretty desperate to stick around to … 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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