The power of stories

Several years ago, while traveling to Cleveland to visit relatives, my husband and I visited the church where my parents were married and I was baptized, St. Peter’s in Lakewood, Ohio. At some point during the ...

An English Pilgrimage

“Best choir trip ever!” “An ethereal experience.” “Humbling.” “I’m exhausted.” On the evening of August 12, a group of very weary singers, family members and friends arrived back at Christ Church, Glendale, ...

Storytelling as respite

Rose. Thorn. Bud. What is beautiful in your life right now (your rose)? What is your grievance (your thorn)? What do you eagerly anticipate (your bud)? These are the questions that women of St. Stephen’s, Colum...

Welcoming Exvangelicals

Many of us were raised in families with generations of Christians. We were church leaders, pastors, Bible class teachers, and graduates of Christian colleges. We grew up listening to Christian music and wearing...

Community gain and loss

King David, considered ruler during the golden age of Israel and the one who helped usher in that time, tried to have dyadic relationships, an ‘in’ vs. ‘out’ group, with God’s people (1 Chronicles 21). It came ...

Thoughts on Beloved Community

I lead Bible studies weekly at The Cottages, Episcopal Retirement Services’ long-term care facility on Erie Avenue next to the Deupree Community. I also lead Bible studies at three ERS affordable living communi...