Lent

Articles

March 16, 2016

By: The Rev. Canon Connor B. Gwin, Canon Missioner for Youth and Young Adults, The Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia

“It is good for me to go away.”

We so often want Jesus to stay with us, right here and now. We are comfortable in familiar places with the familiar people, but Jesus says, “I must go away so that the Holy Spirit can come.” He must go away so we can be sent.

Rob Bell, the...

March 15, 2016

By: The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation

A friend recently asked an innocent question that completely floored me. “I hear you Christians talking about racial reconciliation and Beloved Community, but what does it mean?” We were in a casual conversation – no time to grab Martin Luther King Jr.’s meditations off the shelf, no time even...

March 15, 2016

By: Arsenio Sanchez, Latino/Hispanic Ministries, Puerto Rico

Bartimaeus, the blind man of Jericho, had an incredible faith in Jesus and what He could do for him.  Imagine this man sitting on the floor, begging for help, money, food, etc., you get the picture, right?  Well, this is the same man that had an amazing opportunity and, without...

March 14, 2016

By: The Rev. Merry Chan Ong, Rector of Episcopal Church of our Saviour, Oakland, California

This is Jesus' promise to those eleven disciples sitting at the supper table with Him two thousand years ago. Jesus is telling them that they can count on Him, coming back and taking them into Himself so that they would be wherever he will be. Their lives, works and ministries from them on were...

March 13, 2016

By: Elizabeth Boe, Global Networking Officer, The Episcopal Church

The Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY is one of my favorite places on earth. It is, for me, a “thin place” – a place where heaven and earth come a bit closer together. It feels both immensely holy and remarkably accessible. I think this is a combination of the physical space and the...

March 12, 2016

By: The Rev. Angela Ifill, Missioner, Black Ministries, The Episcopal Church

The meaning of this scripture passage for me is that it is Jesus’ statement of mission a way forward for Jesus and for us today.  It is used in my ministry and is the basis of the focus on mission in the New Visions Initiative for Congregational Renewal and Vitality.        

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March 12, 2016

By: The Rev. Angela Ifill, Missioner, Black Ministries, The Episcopal Church

The meaning of this scripture passage for me is that it is Jesus’ statement of mission a way forward for Jesus and for us today.  It is used in my ministry and is the basis of the focus on mission in the New Visions Initiative for Congregational Renewal and Vitality.        

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March 11, 2016

By: Alan Yarborough serves as a missionary in Haiti

God’s call to Abram is about as clear of a passage about going as there can be. God says, “get up! Leave! Go where I send you!” There is great physical displacement in this story. But, there is also more.

I began serving as a missionary for the Episcopal Church in August 2013...

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...

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