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There is something about being an Episcopalian – a poem

There is something about being an Episcopalian – a poem

by Ron Starbuck


There is something


being an Episcopalian.

Something that draws me,

engages me,

moves me forward,

makes me think,

and makes me quake.

There is something there,

something that defines me,

embraces me,

holds me wholly

and holy still,

within, thy stillness


Something, that rings true

across and through the mind.

Something that touches,

that binds and almost breaks,

that bends a heart,

to hear a voice.

Something that knows a love,

and feels a joy,

that sees a mystery

to which I smile,

as you smile back


God in heaven

we are a community

that one day soon.


I hope;

I pray,

will know no bounds

or boundaries

in this world.

Thy kingdom


thy will,

will be done,

on earth

as much

as in heaven.



it may seem to some

in spite

of all we fear to do

or do not do.

By your good grace,

thy kingdom comes,

ready or not,

here it comes,

within us,

all around us.

It comes with

or without expectation,

time to wake up.











Ron Starbuck has published several volumes of poetry and he has been deeply engaged in an Interfaith-Buddhist-Christian dialogue for many years. Ron holds a lifelong interest in Christian mysticism, comparative religion, theology, and various forms of contemplative practice. He is a former Vice President with JP Morgan Chase, now serving in the public sector on an information technology executive management team. Forming a nonprofit press to work with emerging and established writers and poets, and tendering new introductions to the world at large in the framework of an interfaith and cross cultural literary dialogue has been a long time dream. He has written occasionally for Parabola  Magazine and also author’s an online blog titled Interconnections.


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Leslie Scoopmire

‘God in heaven
we are a community
that one day soon.’


Rachel Petty

“ready or not” – I love that imagery.

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