Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Jeff Porter, superintendent of the church’s $8 million renovation project, is on the job site an hour before the first worker shows up at 7 a.m., going over the day’s work in the pre-dawn darkness.
His office is carved into a nook in Blaisdell. Instead of a construction trailer removed from the racket of progress, the din happens all around him, including overhead, every day. Until the project is enclosed, there is no heat in the winter nor air-conditioning in the summer.
at Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Sunday, January 6, 2019
By Connie Cruthirds
Good morning, God.
Thank you for this new day.
For the beauty of the dark morning light
And the love of possibility.
There’s hope in my heart,
Playfulness in these eyes,
Yet I hold my breath to see what the state around me will be.
I am hostage to truths I don’t want to see.
We each “got” something ~
Something to weave into a noose that stops our breath with fear.
We all got something that races our...
at Sunday, January 6, 2019
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4,(5-12); John 1:1-14
Words are hard. They’re dependent utterly on hearing, context and history. The subtext and impact of a word may be totally different between how you hear it and how I hear it. The Epistle of James even famously calls the tongue “a restless evil” so aware was he of the power of words to sow discord in misunderstanding and become weapons in malice. That’s why clear communication is so critical to...
at Thursday, December 27, 2018
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
In the hospital where I served as chaplain last year, in which I cared for the emotional and spiritual needs of patients, family, and staff, just a few hours of work could mean jarring emotional experiences. I could go from one visit with a patient who had just received the news of their worst fear being realized, to another room next with someone who was responding so well to medicine they were getting to go home earlier than expected. I could go from offering a blessing over a newborn baby...
at Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Part of being a rector means making connections with people, with resources, even antiques! When a private collector last spring asked the diocese’s Bishop and Council board to sell him several old, stained glass windows, Sandy Webb couldn’t stop thinking of the possibilities.
“I was a member of the Council at the time, and I was proud of our decision to retain the windows for sacred use rather than selling them. I then started looking for a sacred use at Church of the Holy...
at Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
By Carol Paterson
When the Prime Timers named their October event “A Day in the Country,” the intent was to create a relaxing day away from the city. In farming communities, days of relaxation came after everyone had worked together.
Our plan for the Prime Timers’ trip to Rossville is to gather friends for food, fun and fellowship reminiscent of “Sunday Dinner on the Grounds.” Join us as we return to another era this Saturday in the Rossville...
at Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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...
at Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Sunday, September 2, 2018
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...
at Sunday, September 2, 2018
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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...
at Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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...
at Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
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...
at Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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...
at Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Monday, June 25, 2018
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...
at Monday, June 25, 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018
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...
at Thursday, June 14, 2018
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
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!...
at Wednesday, June 6, 2018