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Ember Days

“It also was a great comfort in my formation that I knew there were people out there in my “circle of supporters” praying for me on Ember Days, and praying with heartfelt words. It mattered to see it in the Prayers of the People on the Sundays of those Ember Weeks, and those little emails, notes, and the occasional trinket carried me through a lot of the droughts and floods. It matters to be prayed for while in formation–it really does.”

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Sacrament and Science in a Global Health Crisis

“Particularly in these days of pandemic, we should recognize God’s presence in all that serves to nurture life. This means that the divine is present to and with us in all those who are working to address and alleviate the public health crisis and assist with economic recovery. It also means that grace should be recognized as capable of transcending virtual boundaries therefore granting online worship greater sacramental significance in these strange times. In this sense, the Eucharist comes with us even as we remain in isolation from its physical presence. Since we are unsure how long the threat of the pandemic will last, this will allow us to more effectively navigate our status as communities in isolation.”

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June 1 will be a national day of mourning

One way Episcopalians can incorporate the gravity of the pandemic into their worship is by praying a new collect, composed by a team of Episcopalians and Lutherans, called “A Prayer for the Power of the Spirit Among the People of God.”

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Speaking to the Soul

Ember Days

“It also was a great comfort in my formation that I knew there were people out there in my “circle of supporters” praying for me on Ember Days, and praying with heartfelt words. It mattered to see it in the Prayers of the People on the Sundays of those Ember Weeks, and those little emails, notes, and the occasional trinket carried me through a lot of the droughts and floods. It matters to be prayed for while in formation–it really does.”

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The Power of a Name

“God is so mighty, as reflected through God’s works, that the psalmist underscores the absolute insignificance of humans (v. 5). Thus, God’s singling out of humanity is even more amazing and unmerited. The honor of God’s love for us places us just below the ranks of heaven (v. 6). “

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A Prayer for Summer

“With every sunrise and sunset

may my body be a prayer

my life given in love

for the sake of my neighbor

for the sake of the world”

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The Lead

Religious leaders respond to President Trump’s appearance outside St John’s Church

“Using precious objects of our faith as props in a display to uphold white dominance and violence is a blatant display of evil.
The words of our Bible are the lifeblood of our prayers. They teach us about peace, love and justice, and sustain us when we need hope. The words of the Bible connect us to the life and teachings of Jesus. Through him we have learned to love our neighbor and build beloved community.” – Bishop MacVean-Brown of Vermont

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Washington Bishop Budde: Trump used our church as a prop

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde’s Response to the President

The President just used a Bible and one of the churches of my diocese as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our church stands for. To do so, he sanctioned the use of tear gas by police officers in riot gear to clear the church yard.

I am outraged.

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The Magazine

Sacrament and Science in a Global Health Crisis

“Particularly in these days of pandemic, we should recognize God’s presence in all that serves to nurture life. This means that the divine is present to and with us in all those who are working to address and alleviate the public health crisis and assist with economic recovery. It also means that grace should be recognized as capable of transcending virtual boundaries therefore granting online worship greater sacramental significance in these strange times. In this sense, the Eucharist comes with us even as we remain in isolation from its physical presence. Since we are unsure how long the threat of the pandemic will last, this will allow us to more effectively navigate our status as communities in isolation.”

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The Clamoring

“At a pause from daily life
          When all grows quiet and still
When you have brought yourself to a peaceful pause in the seeming doldrums of this life
          And beginning to see things as they truly are
There comes a clamoring…”

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