March 10, 2016

By: The Rev. David Copley, Mission Personnel Officer, The Episcopal Church

In the Old Testament, the book of Ruth comes to us like a precious gem following as it does numerous stories of war and conquest from the earlier books that we read in Hebrew Scripture.

These are some of the most endearing words of love and devotion that we read in scripture....

March 9, 2016

By: The Rev. Francisco García, Priest in Charge, Holy Faith Church, Inglewood, CA

“Go out at once into the streets...” This scripture speaks to me because it is about action. It speaks to us of the expansiveness of God’s love, represented here in the parable of the banquet. When those who were readily welcomed to the great dinner declined the invitation, the owner of...

March 8, 2016

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson outside of the Canfield Green apartment complex in Ferguson, MO. I had been in my new role as Missioner for Racial Reconciliation for The Episcopal Church for just over one month, and was still learning the ropes of...

March 8, 2016

By: 5th grade class, Trinity Episcopal Day School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The fifth grade class at Trinity Episcopal Day School in Baton Rouge is intrigued by what it means to “go and bear fruit” as described in John 15:15b-17.  We discussed the ways we can be Jesus’ friend and, as his friend, go and bear the kind of “fruit that will last” which Jesus would...

March 7, 2016

By: The Rev. L. Gordon Brewer, Jr., Diocese of East Tennessee, Executive Coordinator - Episcopal Appalachian Ministries

My brother and I started off the year making a pledge to each other. My brother turns 50 this year and I am his senior by only a mere 5 years and 1 month.  What we both said we would commit to doing, with no time limit on it, nor when or how it gets done, is hike the Appalachian Trail...

March 6, 2016

By: The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg, Editor/Reporter, Episcopal News Service

If Lent – and life – is a journey, then we can have no better words to be our companions on the way than the eight verses of Psalm 121.

Scholars say that this psalm is the second of the 15 consecutive so-called ascent psalms, and they surmise that the psalms were sung by pilgrims...

March 5, 2016

By: Dr. Caroline Carson, Postulant, Diocese of Louisiana

These verses, especially: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening”, resonate with me in a very direct way this Lent. I recently became a Postulant for the priesthood in The Episcopal Church, and I am hoping to attend seminary this coming Fall.

I'm 45.


March 4, 2016

By: Robert Hartmans, Canon for Congregational Vitality in East Tennessee

In a sentence: Discipleship is more radical than we believe it is! 

In a couple of paragraphs: We have built a church institution that is more focused on staying than going.. We have an institution not focused on following Christ into our communities and into relationship with...

March 3, 2016

By: Vernese Smith United Thank Offering Board, Province II Representative Diocese of Long Island

Jesus had just fed the multitude of five thousand men, beside women and children. What was going through the minds of those disciples, I wonder? With five loaves and two small fish He fed the multitude? How many have we nourished with what little we have during this Lenten season? I...

March 2, 2016

By: Lynnaia Main, Officer, Global Relations

Mark 10:52:  Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’

Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

On vacation in France recently, I twisted my foot while walking downhill and broke my fifth metatarsal. At the hospital’s emergency room, the...