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Seeking Jerusalem: An invitation to pilgrimage at St George’s College
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Seeking Jerusalem: An invitation to pilgrimage at St George’s College

To go on pilgrimage is to set one’s face towards Jerusalem. In my previous article, I emphasized that while sacred time, sacred space, and sacred journey are its most commonly regarded themes, Christian pilgrimage encompasses a wide range of images and practices. Thus, rather than settling upon a single definition, pilgrimage includes various expressions of … Continue reading »

Discerning a call to mission
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Discerning a call to mission

Editor’s note: The Rev. Shannon Preston is discerning a call to international mission and kept a journal during a recent Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) discernment weekend.  Day 1 Today we began our discernment groups. We talked about intimacy and loneliness. For YASC, you vow to be celibate for the year, assuming your significant other is away. … Continue reading »

Google talk: What I learned on my tour at Context 2015
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Google talk: What I learned on my tour at Context 2015

Regular readers of this blog have, presumably, developed a certain tolerance for my occasional high-octane nerd enthusing. Rest assured: that’s not where I’m trying to go with this one. It’s true that when I toured Google Pittsburgh on Tuesday night as part of the CMU Create Lab‘s Context Conference, I thought I’d gone to geek heaven. Or if … Continue reading »

Easter People #37: Technology Q&A
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Easter People #37: Technology Q&A

As we previewed last time, the Easter People answer your technology questions and chat about their favorite apps in advance of the e-Formation Conference at VTS. We also hear about the panelists’ Green Shoots, including a big Star Wars-related parenting win for Randall. We talked about lots of tools in this episode. Here are our technology-heavy links: … Continue reading »

Book review: Daily Prayer for All Seasons
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Book review: Daily Prayer for All Seasons

Drawing from the ancient monastic tradition of “praying the hours,” the Daily Prayer for All Seasons offers eight short, simple services for praying at various times throughout the day: Lauds (dawn/waking up), Prime (morning/ start of day), Terce (mid-morning), Sext (mid-day), None (afternoon), Vespers (dusk/end of day), Compline (night/ bedtime), and Vigils (late night). In … Continue reading »

Easter People #36: Easter joy in a messed-up world
Easter People Podcast

Easter People #36: Easter joy in a messed-up world

Happy Easter, Easter People people! In this very honest conversation, we’ll explore what it means to proclaim and experience Easter joy (and sometimes not) in a world that is still full of strife, pain, and loss. We will also play a Bible game about the resurrection and share our Green Shoots. Links: “Hallelujah Funk“ Washington Post Peeps … Continue reading »

Pilgrimage as an expression of the Christian life
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Pilgrimage as an expression of the Christian life

As a young 30-year old clergyperson, I received a wonderful and perhaps rather rare calling—to go on pilgrimage. It was to be an around-the-world pilgrimage, visiting ecumenical Christian communities, parishes and institutions, and historical holy sites on six continents and in some twenty countries. My only other encounter with pilgrimage had been an undergraduate course in … Continue reading »

Dementia 101 for faith communities
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Dementia 101 for faith communities

Recently I was part of a panel discussion with Anne Karoly, Lifetime Theological Education Office director at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), about dementia. The panel was for lay and clergy people who minister to older adults in churches, synagogues, institutions, and retirement centers. We talked about ways to bring people with dementia into our communities by … Continue reading »

Easter People #35: What we’ve learned from the women in our lives
Easter People Podcast

Easter People #35: What we’ve learned from the women in our lives

View image | gettyimages.com   With Lisa unable to join us, our temporarily all-male Easter People cast has a conversation about the many things we’ve learned from the women in our lives. A brief summary: lots of gratitude, lots of hope for the future. Then we play a movie mashup game based on a recent Twitter hashtag and … Continue reading »

Reimagining church space: The Juice Bar
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Reimagining church space: The Juice Bar

Two summers ago, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina, had an idea. What began as a way to connect with a local school district became far more than we imagined. We called it the Juice Bar. Rightly named to acknowledge that many students come to charge up their MacBooks and other devices, the Juice Bar is a free, … Continue reading »

Teens, Tweens, and Tech: A survey and lesson plan
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Teens, Tweens, and Tech: A survey and lesson plan

I’ve mentioned here before a fantastic Fuller Youth Institute interview with danah boyd, author of It’s Complicated and one of the leading experts on how teens use digital media. Many of you were excited about that resource, and if you liked it, I think you’re really gonna like this next one. The WNYC show New Tech City recently launched a … Continue reading »

Creation Story: A contemporary interpretation
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Creation Story: A contemporary interpretation

Editor’s note: As we approach Holy Week, we wanted to pass on some imaginative work by VTS junior Robin Denney. If you’re looking for an imaginative paraphrase of the first creation story for use at your Easter Vigil service, look no further. (All Bible quotations are in italics.) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word … Continue reading »