Teen's spirit glows in Pooch Olympics

Marshall McGahey, 13, runs on the St. Mary’s cross-country team this fall; she’s a new aunt to twins and somewhere in the few minutes between school and homework, she’s planned her Fourth Annual Pooch Olympics. Not only does that mean the doggie obstacle course the McGaheys store in the garage and attic was unpacked and carried out, but this year, Marshall was determined to raise $7,000 for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County in the carnival she stages in the... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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Restored with spiritual glue

By Connie Cruthirds Since I was a little girl, Labor Day weekend has always meant the end of summer. School began, white shoes were put away, and long play days were over. I remember that almost every year from kindergarten on, teachers would ask us to share something about our summer break. My five-year-old self was learning early that reflection on where I’d been might help me find my way to where I was going next. When the summer of 2018 began, I wasn’t sure about much... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Sunday, September 2, 2018
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Convention dispatch from Andy Cobb, deputy

At this convention, I serve on the legislative committee on Social Justice and U.S. Policy. This morning (July 9) I started off at 7:30 with yet another hearing and committee meeting on the topics of immigration and sanctuary churches, which are getting a good deal of... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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Canon Davis finds convention discourse vigorous, respectful

From General Convention Day 6 July 10, 2018   Dear sisters and brothers: This is my seventh General Convention and I am honored to once again serve occasionally as a deputy. Gary Meade is taking a much-deserved afternoon off from the floor of convention, and I am attempting to channel Gary’s wisdom and good judgment.   In 2009, I attended my last General Convention as a deputy from the Diocese of Mississippi, which had been my... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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Being a disciple is being in place to serve

     A big surprise in our Gospel reading today: Jesus was not accepted in his hometown of Nazareth. Not even his own family acknowledged him as a prophet and healer in the very place where he most deserved it. You’d think they would all be bursting with pride at his accomplishments, and welcome him home with open arms and loving hearts. After all, he had just come from performing several miracles in surrounding cities: He had cast out the unclean spirits from the... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Tuesday, July 10, 2018
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Randy McCloy's homily for Father Don Mowery's funeral

Homily for Donald Edgar Mowery St. Mary’s Cathedral June 16, 2018      Donald Edgar Mowery, “Father Don”, was a loving and devoted husband, Episcopal priest, organizer, healer, and advocate for children; he was a true shepherd, following in the footsteps of that Great Shepherd of the sheep, Jesus Christ. Most of you are undoubtedly familiar with his life of accomplishments, and probably witnessed personally many of his successes, which were... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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It must be exhausting to be needed only in a crisis

Reflection, GOD IS EXHAUSTED, Daniel P. Amsler CHC 5:30 pm Contemplative Service, 6/24/18, Mark 4:35-41 A few months ago here at Holy Communion, Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, spoke to us. For 30 years he has directed the largest and most effective ministry/enterprise to the nation’s largest gang region. In his ministry, Father Boyle has conducted thousands of Masses in detention centers and jails. He always has one of the inmates... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Monday, June 25, 2018
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Dispatches from Houston, Part II

On Tuesday night, the group got the opportunity to go to the Astros game. It was nice to take a break from all of our hard work. By the end of the second inning, it was 6-0, and the Mariners were winning; however, we continued to cheer on the home team, except for Brandon, who was just trying to annoy the fans. Even though the Astros lost 7-1, we all had a blast. We went back to the treehouse (Christ Church Cathedral’s nickname for the youth space where we were staying) and hung... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Thursday, June 14, 2018
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Houston, we're on a mission!

Our car ride down to Houston was not bad at all. Despite almost getting rammed into, we had deep conversations and caught up with our lives. Tess came back from college and Matt was moving on with his life. We talked about old friends, what we’re doing for the summer, and what blessings are set to come ahead like Matt’s marriage. The car ride did not take as long as we thought because we had so many conversations.  I only slept for the last two hours of the ride!... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, June 6, 2018
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Want to live longer? Get involved in a faith community

By Lester Gingold Over 20 years ago when I first started my study of gerontology, I wrote a column based on new research that said church or synagogue attendance would be a factor in successful aging, with positive proof that your life could be extended. Now, new research has reaffirmed that attending worship services may be just what the doctor ordered for a longer life. Vanderbilt University Professor Bruce Marino says this is the case across faith traditions.... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Tuesday, May 1, 2018
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Choristers reach high, blend voices

Allie Maury had never seen a church as ornate as Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville. By the end of the two-day Chorister Festival, she and two other Holy Communion Choristers had sung in two of its worship services and spent nearly five hours the day before in rehearsal.  “The part that meant the most to me was practicing and hearing all of the music come together so well, then making it even better by working hard on all the small details. Overall, my favorite part was... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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Image of man, his potential burns in photographer's memory

By Cindy McMillion Gus, b. 1963 / d. Feb 5, 2018 I met Gus downtown at St. Mary’s Cathedral in December of 2016, not long after I started attending the Wednesday morning community worship and breakfast there. The midweek service and meal are designed especially for people who are homeless or housing-insecure, but it draws people from many walks of life: black, white, wealthy, poor, male, female, young and old. We hear the words of Christ together, we kneel side by side to... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Thursday, February 8, 2018
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An Open Letter to Holy Communion's College Students

Dear Friends, By this time, you will have learned about the tragic death of Jackson Roberts, one of our own, in a motorcycle accident near Furman University earlier this weekend. Jackson was a strong young man, an able student, and a person of great character. The world is less for not having him in it. A few of you have asked me to help you make sense of all this. (Many of your parents have asked the same.) I can’t. No one can. There is no sense in why this happened; there is no... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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96-year-old reflects on kindnesses we're never too old to bestow

( This is a New Year's reflection from Lester Gingold, longtime member of Church of the Holy Communion.) January, named for the Roman God looking forward and backward, reminds me each year to be grateful for the past and to hopefully look for a successful year to come. Reaching my 96 th year on January 1 is certainly a milestone, and as Joyce and I awaken each day, we say how blessed we are to still be on this planet and to have survived 67 years together. At the conclusion of a... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, December 27, 2017
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Growing step by step includes giving

Good morning.  Tim kicked us off last week with a great illustration of how Christian stewardship is a celebration of returning to God what He has so graciously given to us. It’s about recognizing that our time, talents and resources are His. I love the words Paul used in his letter to the Philippians when he thanked them for their gifts and concerns while reminding them that God would meet all of their needs according to the riches of His... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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