Lent? If you have to ask, you can't afford it, right? Not so fast! Lent isn't just for church fanatics! Consisting of the 40 days before Easter, Lent serves to prepare us for Easter. That magic number is biblical, but also practical. Changing habits, healing wounds--these things take six … [Read more...] about Getting Ready for Lent
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
At Trinity right now we have a symbolic pathway going through the church. It is paved with symbols of the work we do here. Very soon we are going to add the footprints, and before we do that, I think we need an explanation. Footprints in the Sand--you've probably read that poem. In the … [Read more...] about Making Tracks
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
They’ll know we are Christians by our love… I haven’t heard that song for a long time, maybe because, sadly, it isn’t accurate. Love wouldn’t be the first word that comes to mind when people think of Christians today. Many of Jesus’ followers have a bad habit of demanding their rights, mostly so … [Read more...] about What’s Love got to do with it?
A former white supremist tells his story: as he was being served by an African-American waitress, she saw his hand with its prominent swastika tattoo. “Oh, honey,” she sympathized, “you’re better than that!” These little words from a woman completely lacking in credibility somehow got under his … [Read more...] about The Samaritan Tree: Revisited
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
Doesn't it seem to you that our national discourse sounds like an elementary schoolyard? We all do it. Appalled by the insults and accusations coming from the other side, we conveniently forget the outlandish behavior of our allies. This race to the bottom, backed up by countless righteous … [Read more...] about He Started It!