Seeing the Beatitudes

There is a classic dynamic in storytelling where villains can be considered more interesting than heroes. Evil is interesting, flashy, complicated. Goodness is simple, bland, boring. This framing is superficial but can often feel true. Understandably, we can’t relate...

Refugee Network

Thank you to all who participated in the Advent Drive supporting the Episcopal Refugee Network! We collected several boxes of toothpaste, shampoo, and body wash to support the efforts of this ministry. Hear from RefugeeNet board members about the good work they’re...

Star of Wonder

O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright;Westward leading, Still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light! So begins one of my favorite Epiphany hymns, setting to music the feelings inspired by the awe-inspiring Star of Bethlehem. This hymn,...

Christ Has Come and A New Year Is Ushered In

A New Year’s PlanMary Fairchild I tried to think of a clever new phrase –A slogan to inspire the next 365 days,A motto to live by this coming New Year,But the catchy words fell flat to my ear. And then I heard His still small voiceSaying, “Consider this simple, daily...

Why Shepherds?

As the annual St. Michael’s by-the-Sea Christmas Pageant draws ever nearer, I’ve been thinking a lot about the characters in the Nativity story – in particular, the shepherds. They fascinate me because in many ways, we are just like them. They’re average people,...

Height and Depth of Liturgical Prayer

My father was a pastor in a very non-liturgical church. In fact, I would call it anti-liturgical in many ways. We would stand to pray, not kneel. Communion was grape juice, not wine. And sermons were long and pedantic, not pithy and pointed. There was a choir, but the...