I’ve worked in churches my entire adult life. But I wasn’t raised in the church, and neither was my husband. We do the best we can, but for a long time I felt like we were missing something. What changed that feeling? Stumbling on mom blogs about celebrating the liturgical year at home and shared stories about faith […]
Spending a million dollars for renewal in the Episcopal Church is a drop in the bucket of the current budget, but leveraging the internet enables it to make a pretty big splash.
This morning it occurred to me that Advent begins tomorrow, and unlike last year, I am not prepared. Also, my children are looking very old to me these days; they are now twelve and nine. It occurs to me that they not only need more responsibilities around the house, they are also ready for a […]
KJ Dell’Antonia of the New York Times Motherlode blog has a new post out: “Children, Choosing Their Religion.” Here are a few salient quotes: There’s nothing wrong with raising children outside of a religious tradition, and that upbringing doesn’t preclude them from being part of a community or later finding a community of their own… There’s no one […]
Advent makes me remember the moment I stumbled onto blogs that captivated me. It was four years ago. I was the Children’s Ministry Director at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and a postulant for priesthood. I needed something to do on a Wednesday night with a group of kids, so I did a Google […]
Martha Stewart would not feature Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree. But it stands for Christmas nonetheless. This year’s Advent wreath reminds me of Charlie Brown. Our family has a tradition of an Advent wreath in the center of the dining room table. We light a candle every night and sing a song that sounds a lot […]
Lent has begun. Our family and some in our congregation are experimenting with “Lent in a Bag,” a resource inspired by a posting on the National Association of Episcopal Christian Education Directors e-list (recently renamed forma). At the beginning of last week, I gathered Lenten symbols and wrote very short guide for reflection. (You can […]
This Sunday we celebrated the Baptism of Our Lord. Our children woke up to scallop shells (see them? even though they are really too small for the setting?) scattered around the Advent wreath. (On the other hand, please do not notice how very un-Martha those ribbons are.) Since our church also transferred the feast of […]