Fearless Girl models many attributes, starting with respect, courage and artful verve

CHAPEL TALK St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis The Reverend Alexander H. Webb II (“Sandy”) August 16, 2017 “Fearless Girl” This summer, I met someone to whom I would like to introduce you. Her name: Fearless Girl. Fearless Girl is the work of New York artist Kristen Visbal, commissioned by State Street Global Advisors. She appeared in Lower Manhattan’s Bowling Green on March 7, 2017. Fearless Girl stands directly in front of... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | 0 comments
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Planting, Tending the Kingdom is First Act of Profound Faith

Cara Modisett Mustard Seeds, Meals and the Kingdom of God I am probably not the only person here this morning who has, buried in some jewelry box or drawer, a mustard seed pendant. This one was my mother’s – a small glass orb, meant to be worn on a necklace, ringed in gold, and inside, a tiny, tiny mustard seed. The mustard seed is the first in a list of parables in today’s Gospel; in each of those parables Jesus is telling us something about the Kingdom of... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Thursday, August 3, 2017 | 2 comments
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We Walk Sightless Among Miracles

(Editor's note: Charlton Lyons wrote this to his fellow members of the Peppers, the early-morning running group at Holy Communion, after reflecting on a meditation from Berry Simpson.) Hello, friends, A week or so ago I had an experience that is relevant to Berry Simpson’s reflection that Robert sent for tomorrow.  I want to share it tonight so I don’t monopolize the conversation tomorrow morning. Attached is a picture of part of our back yard. Although I have... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | 1 comments
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Miracles? What Miracles?

(Editor's Note: Robert Propst uses meditations from Berry Simpson in his training for the Peppers, a group of Holy Communion men who meet at 6 a.m. to prepare for the Book It 5K. They met this morning for the first time in preparation for this year's race on September 16.) Close to Holy Berry Simpson Last week I read Psalm 42:2, “My soul thirsts for God,” and it launched me to wondering how I could make that my story. How can my soul become thirsty for God? ... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | 0 comments
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Title, Vocation and Identity - or How to Address a Female Priest

Vocation, title and identity are interwoven in ways that have become increasingly apparent to me since my ordination. I have been in ministry leadership from a young age, but ordination brought a new title, as I moved from being Mrs. Hester Mathes to the Reverend Hester Mathes.  “The Reverend” as a title most often lives in letterheads, email signatures and Sunday bulletins. What I have learned in my first years of ordained ministry is that my title in spoken language,... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Hester Mathes at Sunday, July 16, 2017 | 13 comments
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At my father's humble grave, I saw the courageous seasons of his life

We buried my dad last Monday. His four children, grandchildren and those they love woke early on Memorial Day, crowded into two cars and drove to Stuttgart, Ark. In one car, the occupants faithfully played the “Alphabet Game,” watching for each letter on some car or sign. In the other car, we traveled with Dad’s remains in a cube-shaped brass urn with his name, John Burnett, taped on it. Next to his name was a series of numbers representing his... Read More
Posted by Connie Cruthirds at Sunday, June 4, 2017 | 7 comments
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'I am way, truth and life' is the example, not biblical one-upmanship

By the Reverend Dr. Gillian Klee Reflection at 5:30 p.m., May 14 It was the funeral of the Emperor Franz Josef of Austria. He was to be buried with his Hapsburg ancestors in the burial vaults in the Capuchin Monastery in Vienna. A grand procession made its way past the crowds to the monastery gate. The herald rapped on the gate and from within the Abbot asked, “Who are you, who knocks?” The Herald replied, “I am Franz Josef, Emperor of Austria, King of... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Monday, May 15, 2017 | 1 comments
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Campus cheers retiree - face of security, compassion

Buford Harbin, security guard for more than 17 years at St. Mary’s Episcopal School and Church of the Holy Communion, got a hero’s reception Thursday when the entire campus stood and cheered as he walked down the aisle in a surprise chapel in honor of his retirement. As he passed each row, the applause and cheers grew louder,  reverberating to the domed ceiling, as the girls of St. Mary’s celebrated the humble man whose work uniform always includes a neon vest with... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 1 comments
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As wedding season approaches, shake the hankies for our bride czar

It’s easy to look like the world’s your oyster if you can ease the assorted tangles of one of life’s most emotional events while still wearing your best Merry-Wives-of-Windsor smile. Milton Rogers, who celebrates her tenth year as wedding coordinator at Church of the Holy Communion this month, has presided over some doozies of dilemmas, including the time a bridesmaid broke out in spots or the time she sweetly (but firmly) dispatched a Memphis police officer to The Peabody... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 0 comments
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Liminal Space

Can you pray for me, Stay awake for me, Remain here, and Watch over me? Can you see the Altar bare, Let go of wondering where The pretty things went While I carry this cross for you? Can you let go of what you need Turn your focus unto me, Hear my fervent pleas From the garden of Gethsemane? Will you take this bread, Drink this wine And every single time Receive this grace In remembrance of me? Can you be bereft of me believe in me For through brief emptiness... Read More
Posted by Connie Cruthirds at Friday, April 14, 2017 | 1 comments
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Both Feet In

It’s a funny thing about feet in our culture. They are fully useful appendages, worth more than their weight in our well-being and mobility. But they embarrass us. Perhaps it’s their lowliness. Or perhaps the way they form over time says something about the load we carry. And how we carry it. Jesus knew this too. But he also knew that if leadership were only making decisions in the biblical boardroom and teaching a continually dumbfounded population, the disciples included, being... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 0 comments
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Living Deeply into Not-Knowing

Monday evening at the end of our EfM (Education for Ministry) group at St. George’s Episcopal Church led by Verlinda Henning and Gerry Brent, Verlinda urged us to walk with Jesus this week, as if we are walking next to him, experiencing the emotions, the darkness, the pain, the fear, as if we don’t know what will happen. We don’t know. We all left the room in silence under the weight of her words. It’s true, we don’t know. I feel urged to live deeply into that... Read More
Posted by Joan Biddle at Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 0 comments
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Voice in Wilderness Startled Me with Awe

Not that I ever doubt the words from the pulpit, but for me, no words have ever become more alive than the ones Father Sandy shared in his sermon just prior to Lent. He referred to Lent as a time to reflect on where we have become separated from God. He referred to the wilderness as “Holy Ground” where we can face our demons, name our fears and see God's divinity. He called it “a place where it is good for us to be there. Not easy, but good.” ... Read More
Posted by Connie Cruthirds at Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 2 comments
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CHC's a link in sustainable food chain

Every Tuesday, a miracle of modern ag marketing begins rolling through the doors of Memphis Tilth on Suzette, a short street of squat, brick buildings from the 1940’s that once houses a hive of auto-repair businesses. A few residuals of the era remain but not a lick at 575 Suzette, where a well-swept concrete floor replaced the shop car lifts. A new walk-in cooler hums in the background. Farmers stride through the double-wide doors with bins of lettuces, ruby-stemmed chard,... Read More
Posted by Jane Roberts at Monday, April 3, 2017 | 0 comments
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A mother's heart holds it all

“His mother treasured all these things in her heart.” -Luke 2:51 By Joan Biddle, Some of Jesus’s actions must have confounded his mother at first, but still she treasured each thing he did in her heart, kept the memories safe in the deepest folds of her being. Motherhood can be one of the hardest things in the world. You don’t always know what to do or say, or how to help shape your little ones for the future. Sometimes, their actions just confound you.... Read More
Posted by Joan Biddle at Monday, March 20, 2017 | 1 comments
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