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a challenge and invitation to the Pharisees

Dear Friends,more...

Houston & Southeast Texas, How to Help

The people of Houston and southeast Texas are on our minds and in our prayers. The suffering there is simply heartbreaking. We can help by contributing to the work of Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD). You can read more about their work in Texas, and what we can do to help, on their website. Our vestry has approved $5,000 in matching funds for the first $5,000 that is received. You can write a check to St. Paul's (with "ERD/Texas Relief" in the memo line). We'll receive contributions through Sunday, September 10, and then forward them to ERD.more...

Unity in the face of evil

Over six hundred metro Richmond pastors and ministry leaders have this week signed A Statement of Unity, in the wake of Charlottesville. I encourage you to read the text and see the names of the pastors who have signed here, including the clergy of St. Paul's. And you can see coverage of the news conference held yesterday at the foot of the Maggie Walker Statue here, and see a video of pastors reading the statement here. Meanwhile, let us pray for the reconciliation of all God's children: Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, and especially the hearts of the people of our city and our country, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. more...

An Invitation to a Community Prayer Vigil

It is a time to come together. It is a time to pray together.more...

Favorite Prayers, Part Three

This is the third of three editions of “A Word from Grace Street” where it is my pleasure to pass on to you favorite prayers that friends have shared with me.more...

Favorite prayers, part two

This is the second of three editions of “A Word from Grace Street” where it is my pleasure to pass onto you favorite prayers that friends have shared with me.more...

favorite prayers, part one

Recently, I asked friends to share with me their favorite prayers. For this and the next two editions of “A Word from Grace Street,” it is my pleasure to share with you some of those prayers.more...

our nation and our orientation

What would you say our nation needs more of?more...

my next tattoo

"Jesus is the center of our faith. Community is the center of our lives. Reconciliation is the center of our work."

So says Palmer Becker, a theologian in the Mennonite tradition.

My next tattoo, I think. (Wink, wink.)

Seriously though, I commend Becker's words to you for your reflection. They capture with such freshness, it seems to me, so much that is essential to who we aspire to be.more...

a nation, a sword, a peace

Sometimes we hear something freshly. Thank God.   more...

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