These magical garments

Episcopalians are steeped in traditions and symbolism. We have our seasonal colors and sacred objects and vestments that are brought out and displayed. Pascal candle, advent wreath, crosses, stoles, and chasubles -all highly symbolic and possess a kind of spiritual energy, simply because they are used in sacred ritual. We imbue them with something “other” […]

In praise of our neighbors

One of the great joys of serving St. Paul’s during this time of transition was getting to know our neighbors and especially in the faith community. Rachel Falcove is Executive Director for the Interfaith Hospitality Network and shared two important stories with me. One was about the challenging days of “white flight” from neighborhoods across […]

Maintaining a healthy work environment and a healthy spiritual home

The Vestry is currently revising our personnel policies and procedures and it is good for the parish to hear about some best practices that make sense and ensure a balanced and healthy relationship between the congregation, the Vestry and our dedicated staff. First of all, we need to thank our staff team for all the […]

Celebrating true freedom on July 4th

I can still remember my first 4th of July celebrations in Berkeley, California. I was on vacation from serving in a parish in Dublin in the late 1970’s with my partner, Frank Wilson. We were staying on the campus of Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) where my best friend from Bangor University in […]

This Sunday’s celebration of St. Peter and Paul-rejoice and sing!

There is a lot to celebrate! After a long and difficult year, the Vestry has approved new guidelines for worship that permits fully-vaccinated people to come to church (without pre-registration, masks, and restrictions on singing). Non-vaccinated people or people with immune related issues may continue to wear masks. Details of this new and exciting development […]