Category: COVID-19

Covid, The Church, and The Hospital

     The Episcopal News Service recently reported that certain churches in large cities (New York, San Francisco, and Atlanta) are requiring proof of vaccination for attendance. The rector of one of the New York churches was quoted as saying, "The rights of individuals to choose not to get vaccinated ends where the responsibility to safeguard the worshipping community begins”, not an unreasonable statement, considering that at least one goal of the church leader is the... Read More
at Thursday, October 14, 2021
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From Home to Heart: Forgiveness

A few months ago, Holy Communion received a loan under the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program. It made a big difference in our operations and gave us confidence that we could afford to continue paying our bills. With that money largely spent, we are now preparing to apply for “forgiveness.” “Forgiveness” is a theological word that bankers have borrowed. Financial forgiveness is receiving permission not to repay a debt, but theological... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, July 20, 2020
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From Home to Heart: Trees & Trauma

  Trees have long memories. Trees are changed by their experiences. The rings of trees absorb their history: Droughts, floods, fires, injuries, and diseases – they’re all recorded. Our bodies have long memories, too. Psychologists tell us that the human body remembers trauma in all its forms – the horrific traumas that are evoked by the word, as well as the invisible traumas that can be just as devastating. The body absorbs them all, and is changed by... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Sunday, June 28, 2020
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2020 Nave Pilgrimage Sermon

  Pilgrimage Opportunities to the Restored Nave (in the midst of a global pandemic) Ezekiel 37:1-14     In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.   God places the Prophet Ezekiel in a field of dry bones. The bones are long dead; the breath of life has long departed. God tells Ezekiel that the bones can live again, but Ezekiel has a hard time believing it; he looks around and sees only death.   God says,... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, June 15, 2020
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From Home to Heart: Neighborhood

My neighborhood feels larger than it did three months ago. We still have the same number of houses, and the streets are still configured in the same way, but the neighborhood just feels larger. As a result of this pandemic, I have spent more time in my neighborhood. We have been eating dinner on our front porch, which has given us a better sense of the people who live near us and of the people who walk their dogs on our street. I have been exercising in the... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, May 25, 2020
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Home to Heart: Disruption

Disruption is the forerunner of creation. Whenever God creates something new, he first disrupts something old. In the very beginning, scripture tells us, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the deep. Then, God disrupted it. God created light, and then boundaries, and then life itself. God disrupted what was so that God could create what is. The ministry of Jesus was similarly disruptive. A pandemic of sin had plagued the world since Eden, and just when it seemed that... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, May 11, 2020
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Home to Heart: Dreams

I recently saw a sign in the park near my home: “COVID-19 helped me dream.” What an unexpected thought: A global pandemic helped me dream. I do not know what the writer meant, but I have found myself more open to new possibilities recently, to the opportunities that this crisis presents for me as a person and for us as a community of faith. This moment may be dark, but our future is bright. Have you ever noticed that most dreams come to us in the night? We need to be... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, May 4, 2020
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Home to Heart: Sabbath

Theologian Walter Brueggemann suggests that observing sabbath is an act of resistance. The patterns of life in American culture do not encourage us to take times of rest. We have to claim them, and then we have to guard them. God did not design creation to work that way: On the seventh day, God rested from all of his labors – all of his labors. And, in the Fourth Commandment, God begs us to do the same. Brueggemann goes on to say that it is our consistent disregard for the Fourth... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, April 27, 2020
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Home to Heart: Windows

Church buildings in the Eastern Orthodox tradition are known for the beautiful icons that adorn their walls. Theologians in that tradition often say that their icons are “windows” to the divine, objects through which people can see God. While the western church’s tradition is different, I wonder: What are our windows? What objects draw our eyes towards God? Our long season of self-isolation has made me realize that our church building itself is something of a window... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, April 20, 2020
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Home to Heart: Worth

Nature photography generously donated by Cindy McMillion. Many of us have recently received first quarter reports from our financial advisors, and the numbers are not what we are used to seeing. Someone recently said to me, “I’m worth 30% less than I was last month.” While it is true that the market price of our financial assets may have declined significantly in recent days, and while it is true that many people are experiencing a significant reduction in their... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, April 13, 2020
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Home to Heart: Presence

  Like so many of you, I have been spending a lot of time at home lately. I have been spending time in one place rather than in my usual many places. While this change has taken some getting used to, it has also reminded me of simpler times, of times when rootedness was valued more highly than busyness. In the Old Testament, God’s people respond to God’s call by saying, “Here am I.” Jacob in his dream, Moses before the bush, Samuel in his bedroom:... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, April 6, 2020
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Home to Heart: GRIEF

  I have felt an abiding feeling of sadness lately, both in myself and in the people with whom I have spoken on the telephone. I expected that this pandemic would generate feelings of fear and uncertainty, but where is the sadness coming from?   On reflection, I realize that the sadness is grief. So many people have had to give up so much because of this virus. Long-anticipated trips have been cancelled. Plans for retirement have been delayed. Rites of passage like... Read More
Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Monday, March 30, 2020
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Reflection for Lent 5

by Deacon Gerri Endicott The Traditional Collect for this, the Fifth Sunday in Lent:   Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and... Read More
Posted by Emily Austin at Monday, March 30, 2020
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