church, personal, Scripture, spiritual

In a Foreign Land

"How shall we sing the LORD's song in a foreign land?" - Psalm 137:4 I recently moved to the foreign land of North Carolina. To be sure, I am no Israelite in exile, for I chose to move here of my own free will, accompanied by all the familiar belongings that would fit in my… Continue reading In a Foreign Land

church, spiritual, theological

First Things First

I am not a morning person. I would love to stay in bed as long as possible, keep to myself as much as possible. I imagine most of us would. But, lately, I have been attempting the practice of attending morning prayer at my church, a practice that I was first introduced to while participating… Continue reading First Things First

church, spiritual

Happy (Still) Easter

I know, I know. Easter blogs were supposed to happen a month ago. It's not that I procrastinated exactly (although maybe I did). It's just thatĀ it's still Easter. And that's fascinating to me. As I've settled into the relatively-new-to-me rhythms of the Episcopal tradition perhaps more than ever this year, I've noticed the continuation of… Continue reading Happy (Still) Easter

church, spiritual

Contemplations on Confession

"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. My last confession was...never." Let's be clear: I hate talking about sin -- especially my own. (This is probably normal. If you actually likeĀ talking about sin, I'd love to meet you.) But, this year, this Holy Week, I went to confession. For the first time in my life.… Continue reading Contemplations on Confession

church, ministry, spiritual, work & vocation

The Divinity in the Details (a.k.a. What I’ve Learned From Working At a Church)

I've been working/interning at a large Episcopal church for about a year now, and wrapping up my time there begs the question: What have I learned from working at a church? One lesson (among many): The devil doesn't have to be in the details. Let me explain. Growing up, I was a particularly idealistic youth.… Continue reading The Divinity in the Details (a.k.a. What I’ve Learned From Working At a Church)