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Places of worship Zoombombed

The church I’m preaching at just got Zoom bombed with anti-LGBT hate speech. We’ve stopped and restarted with a password protected gathering. I’ll try to go live here later for my sermon. Hate doesn’t stop in a pandemic. Lord, have mercy. – The Rev. Laura Everett

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Prayer Baskets

“Our hearts already are prayer baskets, filled to the brim with sorrowful and fearful pleadings that God will finally have mercy on us, that in the meanwhile, God will give us the strength to continue day by day.”

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Forced into a Pagan Easter

What if we could all do this on Easter Day?  What if we could all place a daffodil on the grass, lots of them, six feet apart? What if, on the grass of the the parks of our little village, we could spread daffodils marking six-foot-squares? And what if, in the parks by our seas, we could all gather on Easter Day in a Creed-free Zone?  Silently? Socially-distanced but together. Do I mean to annoy liturgists?  No.  It’s just a side-benefit.

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God is not Found in the Church

Post-temple Jews continued to gather in synagogues, but I have always been fascinated by the way the primary altar of Judaism shifted to each and every home. Think of it, Christians: the high holy day of Passover is celebrated in the home! I often joked with clergy colleagues, “What if we told our people that there would be no Christmas or Easter services at church? What if we told them to celebrate at an altar in their own homes? They would run us out on a rail.” 

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Speaking to the Soul

Prayer Baskets

“Our hearts already are prayer baskets, filled to the brim with sorrowful and fearful pleadings that God will finally have mercy on us, that in the meanwhile, God will give us the strength to continue day by day.”

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All One

“This is precious balm for our souls as we ourselves are facing the surge of this illness. We are all only as healthy as the most ill person among us. This is not only a statement of enlightened self-interest. This is not only a goad for us to return to the ideals of the common good and civic virtue that has been in reality a far-too-elusive goal throughout our history.”

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The Rev. Deon Johnson

Missouri Bishop-Elect “to Lead with Hope and Vision”

In a recent interview with Marissanne Lewis-Thompson of the NPR affiliate in St. Louis, the Rev. Deon Johnson, bishop-elect for the Diocese of Missouri, discussed the diocese’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the plans for the beginning of his episcopacy.

Deon Johnson: In the midst of all of this, the highest priority are the people in our communities, making sure that they stay safe. So, one of the things that has come out of the bishop’s office here […]

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Places of worship Zoombombed

The church I’m preaching at just got Zoom bombed with anti-LGBT hate speech. We’ve stopped and restarted with a password protected gathering. I’ll try to go live here later for my sermon. Hate doesn’t stop in a pandemic. Lord, have mercy. – The Rev. Laura Everett

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Lean In … The Need for Society to Lean In, Reach Out, Care and Love During This Time

“Social distancing isn’t really what we are doing. What we are doing is physically distancing ourselves. What we need to do is social engagement. This will require setting boundaries around work, which has been a tyranny working its tendrils into our lives after 5:00. Now, as we work from home, what we must do is set clear work hour boundaries. The tendency will be to take our laptops into our community spaces. Don’t do it unless you are going to watch a movie on it. No. We need to make sure that we reign in the work creep and reengage in the familial life in the house and outside of it. Once we have reigned in our work, we can use our time to break out of isolation beyond the workday.”

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Churches as “First Responders for Souls”

Our friends at ENS report on efforts by several large parishes in different parts of the country to respond to COVID-19 outbreak.

The West Coast was an early flashpoint in the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. “It sort of came on fast here in Seattle,” said the Rev. Doyt Conn Jr., rector of Epiphany Episcopal Church. As of March 17, at least 56 people had died in Seattle and King County, Washington, more than a third of […]

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The Magazine

Our Corona-Cloister

“…depending on how a monk feels on any particular day or hour or moment, one was either protected by the cloister gate or imprisoned by it. One was either shut down by the vows or enlivened by them.”

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Book Review: Buying God

As any doubt over the far-ranging consequences of different views on economic matters color our upcoming presidential election, our theology and civil engagement are absolutely intertwined.

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