|Posted by communications on June 3, 2020 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
The past week has been an incredibly painful one for our nation. There’s a lot I could say, but as a white person and a Christian, the posture I am trying to take right now is one of listening more than talking. This can be challenging, because I have thoughts and feelings and opinions (lots of them!) about it all. But sharing my thoughts/feelings/opinions (which I am happy to do over a socially-distanced beverage if you really want to hear them) is not my calling. My calling is to proc...Read Full Post »
|Posted by communications on May 27, 2020 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
This time of year is happy and sad. Happy because school is out and summer is here—teachers love spending time with their own children. No homework makes for great family moments! But it is also a time for the sadness of saying goodbye to children who have become our own in so many ways.
We thank the Escuelita parents for trusting us with their children this year. It is clear they are loved and nurtured. We are proud to be even a tiny part of their upbringing. Together we l...Read Full Post »
|Posted by communications on May 20, 2020 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
As I reflect on everything going on in the world and in my own home, I am reminded of three very important lessons that have influenced me over the years. The first is 1 Corinthians 10:13, “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may have the strength to endure it.” The second is thankfulness for everything in my life and around me. The third is acceptance, one I often struggle wi...Read Full Post »
|Posted by communications on May 13, 2020 at 5:30 PM||comments (0)|
This past week, Kevin and I attended our annual Clergy Conference, held entirely online. Part of the conference was devoted to a presentation from the Diocese of North Carolina's Task Force on Reopening. The bishops shared a preview of the guidelines they are working on which will be officially released soon. When that information is made available, we will share it with you. For now, I will share a few important highlights:
• The current moratorium on public worship and building ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by communications on May 7, 2020 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
As we approach the fifth Sunday in the Easter season –and nearly two months of this necessary but difficult stay-at-home period – I can’t fully express how much I miss seeing everyone gathered in the church building. I miss seeing the choir every week, I miss seeing and hearing the congregation singing, I miss a lot of things. I, I, I……. However, thankfully, I am reminded in my spirit to give thanks in all things. There are many things for which I am grateful but...Read Full Post »
|Posted by communications on April 29, 2020 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
Those with really good memories may recall that my very first newsletter article at Saint Alban’s focused on the notion of “liminal space” (from the Latin limen, meaning threshold); that space and time between “what was/is” and “what is yet to come”. I was reminded of this as I have been reading Richard Rohr’s meditations this week, which have been addressing this question of liminality.
When I first wrote about this, I was addressing t...Read Full Post »
|Posted by communications on April 23, 2020 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
Hobart Park is the unofficial halfway point between my house and the church building. It’s a shaded picnic area near the Baker entrance to Davidson College campus. The park’s primary feature is a labyrinth. I’ve taken to cutting through campus a certain way so I can visit the labyrinth on my way to check on things at church and bring in the mail. I know I could drive to 301 Caldwell Lane much faster, but I need the exercise, and--let’s be honest--the time alone.
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|Posted by communications on April 15, 2020 at 1:05 PM||comments (0)|
What a difference a day makes as we shredded our school calendar on March 16. Plans for parent-teacher conferences, Easter egg hunts, Donuts with Daddy and Mentos® explosions on the playground all dashed.
But resiliency has always been part of our credo at La Escuelita San Alban Bilingual Preschool. We are holding parent-teacher TELE-conferences this week. It is a wonderful opportunity to touch base with every family. Our hands-on science program has become virtual bu...Read Full Post »
|Posted by communications on April 9, 2020 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
What a journey we are on, through unprecedented terrain, that seems so unreal at times. Every day proves to be more overwhelming than the last in terms of information overload and circumstances beyond our control. To ground myself, I find myself looking inward at strengthening my faith and outward for what I am most thankful.
As I look inward, I have taken great solace in the Sunday morning worship online and seeing the positive comments by all of our St. Alban’s comm...Read Full Post »
|Posted by communications on April 1, 2020 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
Dear St. Alban’s:
As we approach the central days of the Church year, I invite you on a sacred journey. This Sunday we begin a period of very intentional contemplation of what the Prayer Book calls “those mighty acts, whereby God has given us life and immortality.” Following the tradition of the ancient Church, we will walk together with Jesus through the key events of the last week of his earthly life: his entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; gathering with h...Read Full Post »