Priest’s Blog

Priest’s Blog

What Why Wednesday-Incense

Why do some churches use incense? At a previous church, I once had a parishioner joke that he would be offended if we were to use incense during a service because the only reason churches ever used incense in the first place was to cover up the smell of the unwashed masses that gathered together for Sunday services, before modern conveniences made […]

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What Why Wednesday-General Convention

What happened at General Convention? I will also be available after the service on July 29 to give more in-depth information and answer questions.   General Convention was very eye-opening.  I learned that much of the work of General Convention is done in committee.  Each piece of legislation that will go before the House of […]

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Introducing-What Why Wednesdays

Your weekly source for answers to all things Episcopal   What is the difference between a sacrament and a sacramental rite   The Episcopal Church makes a distinction between the two great sacraments (baptism and Eucharist) and other sacramental rites (confirmation, holy matrimony, reconciliation of a penitent, ordination, and unction).  This is because we believe […]

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And God Created Humankind in His Image

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. –Galatians 3:28                  In today’s day and age we might add “black or white” or “gay or straight” to Paul’s profound theological statement because the […]

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The Exile of Rebekah and Isaac

Years ago, I was fortunate enough to travel to Israel for a pilgrimage through the Holy Land.  And this upcoming Sunday’s readings reminded me of one of the more interesting experiences I had while I was there.  This Sunday’s readings recount Abraham’s servant identifying Rebekah as the woman whom God chose to be Isaac’s wife […]

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Looking Past Labels

We are living in a time when labels are becoming more important than relationship and understanding. Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, or Atheist. White, black, hispanic, asian, Native American, or indigenous? Straight or Gay? Republican or Democrat? These lists are far from exhaustive, but they demonstrate the ways we have insisted on labeling ourselves and others. […]

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St. Thomas-Past, Present, and Future

Though we often develop routines that make our lives somewhat predictable, our lives are always changing, in big ways and in small ways.  And because our communities are made up of people who are constantly changing, and even the very people who make up the communities around us are changing as people move due to […]

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Uncomfortable Faith Conversations

Episcopalians are great at a lot of things—throwing a party, organizing a meeting, worshipping together despite theological differences (usually).  But one thing we Episcopalians tend to not do terribly well is talking to people about our faith.  But our reticence to talk about our faith stems from good intentions.  We don’t want to be pushy […]

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Saint Bartholomew’s Honorable Mentions

If you were asked to name Jesus’ Apostles, some of the names would be easy for a Christian to come up with—people like Peter, John, even Judas all played significant roles in the Gospel narratives. However, when we think of the twelve apostles, Bartholomew is probably one of the last names to come up. It’s […]

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Pilgrimage Blog, day 5- Heal to Serve

When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. -Matthew 8:17 Yesterday’s post was about healing-discovering what it is we need to heal and supporting others who are struggling. But what’s […]

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