Attempting to find unmixed attention in a modern intentional service community.

In March of 1911, the rector of Christ Church, New Haven led a procession through my current home. With holy water and incense, he blessed every room. Mary S. Johnson and Josephine A. Lyon had recently moved into this home, St. Hilda’s House, on the corner of Broadway and Elm with the intention “to establish and provide for a place where a certain body of women could live a life of devotion and humble service,” as Lyon writes.

Time-traveling in Brooklyn, CT

Yesterday I drove up to Brooklyn, Connecticut to attend the historic Eucharist at the Old Trinity Episcopal Church. For the last six years or so, the congregants of Trinity Church has gathered on the Sunday after the Fourth of July for a travel back in time. This time-travel is not just because of the lack…

Meet: Jennie Dixon: Use the gifts you’ve been given to serve

I had the pleasure of having coffee with Jennie Dixon at a Dunkin Donuts in Windsor, CT. We sat down and immediately dove into a conversation about empowering women. Jennie is a Professional Chartered Financial Consultant, published author, public speaker, and president of the St. Monica’s Daughter of the King (DOK) chapter.

Episode 52: Living One’s Truth with the Rev. Jack Gilpin

Today our guest is the Rev. Jack Gilpin. Jack was ordained in 2012 and is currently the rector of St. John’s, New Milford. Jack is also a professional actor who has starred in over 35 feature films and has been in many shows on and off Broadway and in regional theaters around the country. Shows…

Stories from the Holy Land Pilgrimage, part 1

A group of more than thirty Episcopalians from Connecticut has been on pilgrimage in Israel-Palestine since Monday, July 10th. With their pilgrimage drawing to a close, here are a few stories and impressions from the first week.

Stories from the Holy Land Pilgrimage, part 2

A group of more than thirty Episcopalians from Connecticut (as well as a few family members from other states) were on pilgrimage in Israel-Palestine during the middle of June. With their pilgrimage over, here are a few more stories and impressions from the trip.

Joining Jesus in the New Missional Age, Part One

I will be following along with two parishes in their journey of Joining Jesus: St. John’s, Vernon and St. Monica’s, Hartford. Both parishes have a group of about 10 folks dedicated to embracing these practices, and plan to meet monthly. St. Monica’s is also part of the raising financial resources component of the ECCT initiative, but I’m going to keep my focus on their spiritual journey for this blog.

Stories from the past: WWII Episcopal Chaplains

A couple weeks ago, I received an email from our Archivist at The Commons, Greg Farr. He had found a small box filled with pictures and correspondents between Episcopalian Connecticut natives serving as chaplains in World War II.
These letters and photographs were sent upon the request of the Rt. Rev. Walter Henry Gray, the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.