In a time when “Merry Christmas” has become a political statement and Christmas itself a spending and advertising frenzy far removed from that humble Bethlehem manger, how does a Christian celebrate Christmas? We are not the first to ask. The Puritans responsible for our Thanksgiving holiday not … [Read more...] about Advent Ideas
What follows here are ideas for conversations and activities for making the message heard on Sundays part of your daily life and thinking. All Saints' Season--October and November Christians might be surprised to know of Halloween’s Christian origins. For centuries, Celtic tribes … [Read more...] about Bringing the Faith Home
In May, our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, issued a call to action, asking the Church to fast in solidarity with families struggling with hunger. This fast will take place on the 21st of each month. Here’s why: The Biblical example: In the Old Testament book by the same name, Esther, a Jew and … [Read more...] about For Such a Time: Caring about People in Need
What's your favorite Bible passage? Judging from football games, scripture cites on car bumpers and even graffiti, the popular answer is John 3:16. I don't know if seeing those signs ever inspires anyone to look up the passage, but if they did, they would find what many consider to be a summary … [Read more...] about Being a Matthew 5 Church
The one liturgical season focused on us, Lent is only a Christian name for self-improvement if we don't encounter Christ in all that navel-gazing. So, before Easter excitement erases all, let's ask one question: Did Lent work? To recap: During Lent, each week worshipers brought a rock to … [Read more...] about Did Lent Work for You this Year?
Jesus doesn't like hypocrites. Who does? When we read the Gospel that always begins Lent, advising us to avoid the piety of hypocrites, we're all in. One problem: What if we are the hypocrites he's describing? Granted, we're not sounding trumpets to announce our generosity, but we are ready … [Read more...] about Beginning Lent
A new year, a new topic The Rector's Forum meets on Sundays at 9:00, discussing all manner of topics. In 2017 we begin with a look at church history, answering four important questions: What is the Church and what is essential to it? How can the Church be renewed and reformed if needed? … [Read more...] about The Church in History: Introducing a New Series
New Year's Resolutions--yearly promises to improve, usually forgotten by February--could this secular tradition to build our spiritual lives? At Trinity, we can, using our four Advent themes as a way to emphasize the Christian difference in our lives. How might these four enhance your 2017 … [Read more...] about New Year’s Resolutions to Keep
The supposed War on Christmas arrived early this year, as did all the commercial Christmas decorations. This fight, together with the hyper-commercialization of this season, leaves us with a dilemma: how do we celebrate the birth of our Savior as both a religious event and a general holiday … [Read more...] about Have No Fear, Advent is Here!
It's over. Some of us are thrilled or cautiously optimistic. Others react with anger and grief. Everyone seems a bit stunned. What now? We could go back what we've been doing for the last year--posting our positions and liking our friends. Is there another option? Reconciliation, anyone? Of … [Read more...] about Be Afraid, Part 2