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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March 1: Inner Reflection

The First Sunday of Lent, the moment when many Episcopalians (at least) encounter the drastic change in the tone, tenor and feel of Sunday worship.  This transition from Epiphany to Lent is perhaps the most dramatic tonal shift in our Prayer Book worship tradition, as radical life-changing transitions so often

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February 29: Leap Day, A Day of Rest

February 29th, Leap Day.  A unique day with deep Celtic traditions which I will not explore in depth, but please see here for more information.  A catch-up day, adding more time to better equalize the calendar year with the actual rotation of the earth around the sun.  And even more

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February 28: Fasting

Hmmmm, one day into Lent and already my Lent Madness brackets are being trampled.  I supported James the Less versus Thomas More, and the controversial English Reformation opponent prevailed.  I suppose that Less is truly not More! And Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland is also failing today versus Elizabeth

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