Weekly Reflections

Love Came Down at Christmas

Looking back over Advent, I count over 50 different St. Paul’s gathering events where we’ve participated in prayer, reflection, socializing, and giving. In addition, many of you have continued to check in on one another weekly and sometimes daily. In this way we have been able to reach out, connect, and care for one another […]

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  December 22, 2020   No comments

A Reflection on Middle Collegiate Church by Fr. Daniel

Many of you may have heard of the tragic fire that destroyed Middle Collegiate Church in New York City this past week (read Pastor Jacqui Lewis’ post here). Middle Church is the oldest continuously gathered congregation in America, dating from the earliest Dutch settlement on Manhattan. The church building was historic and beautiful, and its […]

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  December 9, 2020   No comments

“Connection” by Sandy Bria

This past week we celebrated the Thanksgiving Holiday. For me, suffice it to say, the week was like no other as my family was forced to quarantine under the threat of Covid. While test results eventually came back negative, we were not able to celebrate in person on the holiday. I discussed my disappointment with […]

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  November 30, 2020   No comments

“A Glorious Mess” by Jake Street

It’s a strange time to be a choir director. Choral singing is not only one of the riskiest activities in person right now, but it’s also one of the toughest art forms to translate over the internet. Anyone who has tried to sing a round of “Happy Birthday” over Zoom knows it’s a glorious mess. […]

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  November 24, 2020   No comments

“Staying Grounded in this Time of COVID” by Ann Russell

Rituals can be powerfully grounding, inspiring, transformative…when mindfully conceived, authentically communicated, artistically executed. Or they can be repetitive OCD behavior, pretty much devoid of lively, meaningful metaphor and depth, disconnected from the very real challenges of life. At best, perhaps a comforting superstition Since my first experience of Compline at St. Paul’s in 2004, I […]

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  November 15, 2020   No comments

“Room for that and more” by Terri Polley

I so want to be a better person.  A more Christ-like person.  Every morning when I wake up and drink my coffee, read my morning readings and say my morning prayers, I resolve, again, to be just that.  I will remember today, I tell myself, that in every encounter with another living being, I will […]

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  November 11, 2020   No comments

“The Day After, and Beyond” by Fr. Daniel

The day after the General Election has been less decisive than the parties had hoped. What IS clear is that the results so far confirm how deeply divided our country is. While robust differences are healthy for a democracy, no one would argue that this is a healthy time in ours. This goes beyond any […]

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  November 4, 2020   No comments

“One Person at a Time” by Ginny Balser

When I joined the Race and Social Coalition after retiring from teaching two years ago, I had no idea how important that group would become in my life, particularly in the last six months and particularly in the days of Covid. It has been sustaining to meet with the Coalition every Wednesday to discuss the […]

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  October 11, 2020   No comments