|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on January 19, 2022 at 4:50 PM|
How did you mark MLK Day on Monday?
One of my traditions is to read King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” in its entirety. If you have never read it, or if you have not read it recently, I encourage you to take the time to do so:
Many people default to quoting ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on January 12, 2022 at 10:10 AM|
Happy New Year sweet St. Alban’s Family! It feels a little late to be saying that, but I wanted to make sure to wish you all the best of new years! We all very much need it with yet another variant, Covid rising rates and services suspended again. The need for perseverance is more important than ever now to enable us to move forward with positivity, creativity, and flexibility. The last couple years have certainly presented us with our fair share of challenges and yet we continue to mov...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on January 5, 2022 at 11:35 AM|
Today is Epiphany. It is the day on our church calendar when the twelve days of Christmas are completed and we remember when the Magi followed the star that led them to the Christ Child. The word ‘epiphany’ also has taken on the meaning of suddenly seeing or understanding something. In fact, the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary gives the following definitions of the term ‘epiphany’: 1. A(usually) sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature of something...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on December 29, 2021 at 10:50 AM|
This past Sunday morning, we awoke to news of the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He was a theologian of renown and a bishop in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. While he was much-beloved, let us also remember that his activism was considered “too radical” by many during the height of South African apartheid.
I had the opportunity to hear him preach once, in 2010 in Hartford, CT. I do not recall his exact words, but I do remember how the room felt when h...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on December 22, 2021 at 4:50 PM|
“…contingency is the only way toward knowledge of God, and, contingency, for Christians, is the essence of incarnation.”
My Bright Abyss, Christian Wiman
Christmas is about incarnation: we believe that with the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, God became human. Christians have spent centuries trying to comprehend and explain this core tenet of our faith. Ultimately, all attempts to ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on December 15, 2021 at 3:45 PM|
Merry Christmas to our sweet St. Alban’s family! This time of year brings so much joy and anticipation especially for our younger ones. It has always been one of my favorite times of the year with the music, lights, services, decorations, food, fun and fellowship. There are so many things to be thankful for, especially with all we have faced in the last year, and being together again is certainly at the top of the list. With this joyous time also comes many opportunities to give back an...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on December 8, 2021 at 5:15 PM|
I got an after-school job when I was 15. Our neighbor hired me to work in her boutique in a trendy area of Nashville, my hometown. The shop was known as a place to find unique gifts made by local artisans.
That year, I worked my first Christmas Eve of many to come. Desperate customers (I hate to generalize, but I have to be honest—it was mostly men) would come in looking like a deer caught in headlights. My boss, Linda, would deftly guide them toward the jewelry count...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on December 2, 2021 at 12:10 AM|
The Advent season is here again. The appointed readings and the music we encounter during this season of preparation remind us to stay awake; to be alert; to anticipate and be ready for the promised Messiah’s arrival, or coming. We remember his first coming in the form of a lowly birth in a stable because there was no room for him in the inn. However, it is his “long-expected” coming(as the hymn puts it) as the King of all ages for which we are to remain ever alert and long ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on November 24, 2021 at 4:45 PM|
Thanksgiving is in many ways an enigmatic holiday. We have our beloved traditions: gathering with family, enjoying a festive meal, watching football games and the Macy’s parade, etc. While it can be said that Thanksgiving has roots in a religious culture, it is not a religious holiday per se. Of course, giving thanks is an essential part of what it is to follow Jesus’ way of love, but the version of Thanksgiving most of us celebrate these days can hardly be called religious.Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on November 17, 2021 at 6:30 PM|
Dear St. Alban’s,
It’s time for a reboot. A friendliness reboot.
When I first arrived three years ago, this was an area we identified that needed immediate attention. While the congregation was quite friendly with one another, I became aware of some occasions when newcomers were not greeted or made to feel welcome. Seeing the huge heart this parish has, I knew this was something we could tackle together. So we did.
We recru...Read Full Post »