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December 18, 2018

In the gospel of Matthew, the author starts the stories of Jesus with Jesus’ lineage, often fondly known as the “begats.” The King James Version references lineage like this, “Abraham begat Issac…”

Advent season often brings us to consider family, our own “begats,” where we come from,...

December 16, 2018

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

In Old Testament and New, rejoicing is not just a response; it’s a command. It’s not a feeling; it’s a practice. “Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! For lo, I will come and dwell in your midst, says the Lord,” decrees the prophet...

December 13, 2018

Luke 3:4-6 “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,     make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled,     and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight,     and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall...

December 11, 2018

The Young Adult Service Corps is giving me the opportunity to experience God in another part of his kingdom and build relationships. It has inspired my spiritual and personal growth. I am working alongside our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Communion to promote values of sharing,...

December 8, 2018

Encouraging Episcopalians to engage in the political process through advocacy and voting is a key component of our work in the Office of Government Relations. One of the ways we help connect Episcopalians with their elected officials is by sending Action Alerts out to the Episcopal Public...

December 6, 2018

As our days shorten in the north, we lament the loss of light and seek alternatives to illuminate our spaces. Candles, lamps, and fires provide comfort and we seek the warmth the sun no longer provides through hot drinks, hugs, soups, and blankets.

The image of light calls much to mind,...

December 5, 2018

On Sunday, April 3, 2016, I wanted to die. I was lying in bed, at the end of my rope, after long years of depression, angst, substance abuse, and trauma. This is not the place to go into all the details, but I was at my bottom. Faithless, miserable, and unable to get out of bed, all I could...

December 4, 2018

As one might imagine, humanitarians are prominent in the history of the Episcopal Church, and the Archives of the Episcopal Church works tirelessly to acquire and maintain their papers—including those of Episcopalians Mary and Julia Chester Emery (1852-1922). These amazing sisters propelled the...

December 3, 2018

“Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.”

It is way too easy to fall asleep spiritually. When you are spiritually asleep, you might still pray, but it can feel like you are just going through the motions. It...

December 2, 2018

It was the story of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt as refugees that inspired Episcopalians in Southern Ohio in the 1930s to offer refuge to those fleeing Nazi Europe. For the first time since World War II, there are more than 65.6 million displaced people worldwide, including more than 22....

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