Community begins in the face of a stranger

“What is the name of the street you grew up on?” “What elementary school did you attend?” These are a couple of typical security questions you might see when setting up online banking or bill payment. I always ...

Bethany: Redefining the neighborhood school

When Jesus answers the question “Who is my neighbor?” in the parable of the Good Samaritan, he challenges us to think not simply of that person who looks like us, or who lives next door to us, or who drives the...

Go, and do likewise

From the parable of the Good Samaritan: “Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go...

Being a neighbor

This summer in Luke’s gospel we’ve heard the parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus makes it clear that to inherit eternal life; one must love the neighbor as much as we love ourselves. Across the diocese this qu...

Following Jesus into the neighborhood

Late summer is not the best time for official visitations, so this is when Margaret and I can enjoy Sunday mornings together in the pew. Recently we were at the cathedral and heard an excellent sermon by Forwar...

Front porches and connecting

The house my mom grew up in is on MacDougal Street in Fostoria, Ohio. That house has one distinguishing feature. It has a great front porch. Her family always gathered out on that front porch where they would t...

Being a good neighbor to Mother Earth

As I sit in my office and look out onto the lush green land here at Procter Center, I’m thinking about what it means to be a good neighbor. The first thing that comes to mind for me is being a good neighbor to ...

The dock is here!

The sun is rising on the new dock at the Procter Center thanks to generous donations made to the Friends of Procter Fund. We hope you will come out and enjoy it soon!...