AdventWord Reflections: Advent 2

This Advent we offer to you reflections following #ADVENTword. Each day corresponds to a word, and we have asked individuals to offer up their own reflections. Some are rooted in scripture and some are more abstract. Some have accompanying images and some call upon our own imagination. Each Monday of Advent we will offer to…

AdventWord Reflections: Advent 1

This Advent I offer to you reflections following #ADVENTword. Each day corresponds to a word, and we have asked individuals to offer up their own reflections. Some are rooted in scripture and some are more abstract. Some have accompanying images and some call upon our own imagination. Each Monday of Advent we will offer to…

Joining Jesus in this new Missional Age: Part three

For today’s blog I bring you two stories with an accompanying reflection on the ongoing journey of Joining Jesus in the new Missional Age. We will begin with with the reflection by Al Roxburgh and Fiona Watts of The Missional Network and guides along ECCT’s Joining Jesus journey.   When new energy is found in…

Meet: H. Peet Foster: this is my bee suit 🐝

Meet H. Peet Foster, beekeeper, choir member, and parishioner at St. Paul’s Riverside. I visited H. Peet and the two beehives at St. Paul’s this past September just before the hives began their process of sealing for the winter.  The community at St. Paul’s gifted their new rector the Rev. Stephanie Johnson with two hives…

Touring the Glebe House

This Thursday is the 235th anniversary of the consecration of the Rt. Rev. Samuel Seabury as the first American Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut and the wider Episcopal Church.  The decision to elect Samuel Seabury is a classic tale of not showing up for the meeting and then being signed up for the very…

Anglicans in hiding: Studying the Tories as community

Studying history, particularly studying history as a community, will allow that community to foster deep relationships, and help identify steps to move forward, together. That is exactly what the community at the newly formed Good Shepherd Episcopal Church is doing. Good Shepherd was recently merged at the 235th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. Before…

Recapping Annual Convention: change and opportunities in ECCT

In his convention address on Saturday, Bishop Ian Douglas looked at the last year in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut through two lenses – change and opportunity. He said, “Change and opportunity can result in feelings of excitement and fear, joy and anxiety.” This past weekend’s convention was full of change and opportunities – and…

Meet Janet Ainsworth: Experiencing and Sharing God in Nature

For some, the turning of the leaves and crisp cool mornings means pumpkin spice lattes and cozy oversized sweaters. Or if you’re Janet Ainsworth, the coming autumn means it’s time to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails in one of Connecticut’s 109 state parks. That is exactly what we did last week.

Surfing U-S-A and Surfing G-O-D

Probably one of the most commonly recognized relaxing sounds is that of waves crashing along a shoreline. But those waves, although relaxing for some, are exhilarating for many.  A couple months ago I recorded the Rev. Matt Lindeman on the Coffee Hour at the Commons podcast, and learned all about his day-off ritual: surfing. Matt has been…

Eating Liturgically

This blog is written by Erika Plank Hagan, member of St. Stephen’s, Ridgefield, and was featured in the September edition of the Northeast Region Newsletter. At the bottom of the blog, you can learn more about Erika and Eating Liturgically. Extra credit: there is a recipe, please comment if you tried out the recipe! I…