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What Does the Cross Mean to You

Posted by The Rev. Chris Harris on

Good Friday Sermon – The Rev. Chris Harris In a few minutes you are going to be invited to come forward to ‘venerate’ the cross. That might be a new invitation for some of you. You might be wondering how does one venerate something anyway? Well not surprisingly its very...

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Our Baptismal Promises: A Journey Not a Destination

Posted by The Rev. Chris Harris on

During the 9am Forum all through Lent we have been studying the five promises within our Baptismal Covenant. Going through this series as both participant and facilitator has been an eye-opening experience. I have been reminded just how much of a journey - as opposed to a destination - our...

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Why Incense?

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Posted by Warren Mock on

You may notice during Holy Week the presence of incense at some of our services. What is the purpose of incense? In short, it’s part of the larger purpose of liturgy which is designed to stimulate the worshiper by exciting the senses and feeding our imagination, enabling us to completely...

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The Rising Tide of Hispanic Immigrants: The New Episcopalians?

Posted by Michael Fuqua on

It seems that immigration is the topic du jour in almost any conversation to be had today about current events. After a tumultuous election in which immigration was a hot button, the subject is intensifying as we move into the execution of President Trump’s direction in the years ahead...

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The Book of Mankind

Posted by Rula Kafity Kassicieh on

Multi-Cultural week is a tradition at the high school where I work, that celebrates diversity and promotes human connectedness. Each day of that week is dedicated to a theme and today’s theme happens to be ‘equality.’ On equality day, the campus is dressed in matching, or...

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Liturgy and Music During Lent

Posted by Nathan Costa on

Lent, deriving from a medieval Germanic word for “spring,” is a time for renewal, preparation for the rebirth of the church at Easter baptisms. It offers us an opportunity each year to consider how we are living out our baptismal calling. As we begin this time of reflection together...

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Life in the Spirit

Posted by The Rev. Chris Harris on

Life in the Spirit John 3:1-17 During the calling process that ultimately brought me to St Barts, myself and the other candidates were asked a number of tough questions in a series of interviews. None were more tough for me than this one: What is your favorite hymn? Having not grown up going...

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How Religion is Changing in America, Part 2

Posted by The Rev. William Zettinger on

Last post I introduced how religion was changing in America. Here’s a look at some of the ways religious practice and belief have changed over the last 50 years, and the trends that may continue to evolve: It isn’t sufficient to simply build the positive case for historical...

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How Religion is Changing in America, Part 1

Posted by The Rev. William Zettinger on

And What Can We Do About It? Nearly a century after German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche first proclaimed “God is dead,” TIME magazine released a controversial cover on its April 8, 1966 edition with the related provocative question: “Is God dead?” Both Nietzsche and...

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A Closer Look at the Aumbry

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Posted by Ruth Lewis on

The Tabernacle or, as it is usually called when put on the wall, the Aumbry was dedicated on December 5, 1982. Designed by Horace Judson, St. Bart’s Aumbry was given as a Thank Offering by Horace and his wife, Blanche. Most of you know that the Judson Studios designed our beautiful...

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