COVID-19 Update #2

ECOT COVID-19 UPDATE TWO March 12, 2020 As they say, what a difference a day makes!  With the current Eagle County COVID-19 virus confirmation count rising from 4 cases yesterday, March 11th, to 11 cases today, March 12th, Public Health and Environment Director Heath Harmon today issued a “Standing Public

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March 10: Water to Fish

People seem to ask me rather consistently how I do the work I do as a priest.  They are curious, and usually very empathetic, as I answer them.  They then usually respond with some version of “great for you but I could never do that!”  Well, neither could I.  Not

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March 9: Begin with the End

Begin with the end in mind.  One of Stephen Covey’s hallowed seven habits of highly successful people, and for someone like me, fielding so many different daily challenges from both expected and unexpected fronts, so very challenging.  The same Lord who reminded us to worry only about today as tomorrow

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March 8: Reflecting on Baptism

Today’s Gospel reading from John 3 contains two foundational axioms of our Christian faith. The first is Jesus’ enigmatic claim to the Jewish sage Nicodemus that to be included in God’s realms, the Kingdom of the heavens, we must be born a second time. Traditionally the translation reads “born again,”

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March 7: Connection vs. Distance

Yes, I know.  Two local cases of COVID-19 contagion in our own valley.  Yes, we are.  I am convening my Council of Advice, our circle of trusted lay leaders, to examine every stratagem to respond in a safe and protecting way going forward.  No option is off the table at

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March 6: Personal Retreat Time

Don’t defeat, retreat!  Since my Lent Madness brackets continue to fall in (mildly) ignominious defeats, Lenten Fridays seem like the right day to continue introducing the (other) great Lenten disciplines discovered and honed by generations of our Christian forebears.  For instance, Lent is a terrific time to take a personal

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March 5: Journey of Egeria

In the late 4th century C.E. (“Common Era,” our time now, the current academic terminology denoting what many of us grew up referring to A.D.), a young woman set off from western Europe upon an arduous journey.  She hailed from what we call today Spain, or perhaps southern France.  She

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March 4: LIVE LOVE

Many years ago the Vestry, or Board, of our church discerned a mission for our congregation.  A mission statement is an attempt to articulate God’s highest and best purpose for a specific parish family, the unique and compelling reason for us to exist as a congregation.  After many months of

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March 3: Ballot Day

One of my honors as a local pastor has been to serve as an election judge in Eagle County’s Clerk and Recorder’s Office since the 2016 Presidential election.  What an honor to work alongside such dedicated, passionate, durable and honest civil servants of both political parties to help insure a

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March 2: Separation from God

An uncontrolled virus threatening unpredictable, systemic international contagion.  Easily transmitted by physical contact but evidence suggests airborne transmission is also possible.  Undetectable in its earliest incubation but can rapidly advance attacking key bodily systems of the victim.  Vulnerable and sensitive lung tissue suffers most frequently, causing damage to the very

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