Citizen of the World
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I have just returned from a lengthy trip to Italy – my first time overseas. The best, and most concise way for me to describe my time is that is was overwhelming in the best possible sense. For the first time in my life, I experienced being a foreigner, although, … Read More

PRIDE SUNDAY HOMILY/REVERB THING
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For the full liturgy, including the readings, visit http://apostleschurch.org/liturgyforpride It has been a tumultuous few weeks in the world. Like many of you, I have found myself emotionally paralyzed, experiencing grief and joy and everything in between. As my heart celebrated the supreme court’s ruling to make same-sex marriages legal … Read More

My name is April
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I’m not sure how my parents decided on calling me “April.” I certainly don’t mind it, despite the jokes I receive during the month of my namesake. Beyond that slight annoyance, I think it’s a lovely name (Also, have you ever listened to Sun Kil Moon’s April – fucking beautiful). … Read More

Litany of Penitence: Part Three
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[what I am calling] Part Three We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit. Have mercy on us, Lord. There is a new kickstarter making the rounds, and I … Read More

Litany of Penitence: Part Two
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[what I am calling] Part Two We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven. Have mercy on us, Lord. Much of life is backtracking.  Or, at least, … Read More

Litany of Penitence: Part One
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On Ash Wednesdays, many communities recite together the Litany of Penitence (from the Book of Common Prayer). Each year, I am struck by these seemingly familiar words.  The litany (a fancy word for a series of prayers, often with a response), is mostly confessional.  It is used to introduce the … Read More

Litany of Penitence
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I will be writing on the Litany of Penitence during this season of Lent.  I am including the full litany in this post for future reference. From the Book of Common Prayer, p. 267-269   Litany of Penitence Part One Most holy and merciful Father: We confess to you and … Read More

on grieving of the loss of a pet: some things that help (me)
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my dear friend and companion of the feline varietal, ezra, died just four weeks ago.  the loss has felt monumental.  i seem to be lost without her.  but i am also realizing, at this point in time, i am just a little lost.  and without my constant companion, i don’t … Read More

All Saints’ Homily (2014 version)
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Texts: 1 John 3:1-3   |   Matthew 5:1-12 (the Beatitudes) Whale Fall (After Life of a Whale) from Sweet Fern Productions on Vimeo. As you may have realized by now, today is All Saints Day in the life of the church. That may mean different things to different people, depending … Read More

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