Feeding of the 3000

*Please note the update from the Rev. Kim Litsey at the end of this article. It was written prior to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The Lenten Fish and Chips Dinner at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Poquetanuck (Preston), is much more than an average fish fry. It is a sight to be seen, and to be…

Loving one another in the time of a pandemic

Church looks different, caring for one another, being a community looks different when you are advised to practice social distancing. It is a strange thing to write this blog standing in my kitchen with live-streamed church services on my computer, but those services only include a few people. It is strange to know thousands of…

Movements in Faith

A few weeks ago, I received an email from the Rev. George Roberts about an upcoming new ministry happening at St. James’, Farmington, geared towards individuals with special needs and their families. And, not only was this a new ministry complete with inclusive music, scripture readings, and opportunities to get to know each other, but…

Mr. Fortune

I stood at his grave with a mixture of emotions: grief over the oppression this man lived and the injustice done to his body after death; relief that his body lay undisturbed in the same dirt with the wealthiest families in Waterbury; and joy knowing that he is still visited — that who he is individually and the history he represents is not forgotten. I opened my prayer book and read silently the prayer at the end of Burial of the Dead: Rite I.

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…

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…

Joining Jesus in this new Missional Age, Part Two

It has been a couple months since the last blog post featuring St. John’s parish in Vernon and St. Monica’s parish in Hartford, and their participation with Joining Jesus in this new Missional Age (JJMA).  When we met St. John’s and St. Monica’s, they were just beginning in this journey, and now they have finished…

Back to school at Kent School, with the Rev. Kate Kelderman

In honor of back to school season, I drove up to Kent, CT and met with the Rev. Kate Kelderman. Kate, or Mama K, as she is known on campus, is the school chaplain, Dean of St. Joseph’s chapel, a chemistry teacher, and varsity field hockey coach at Kent School. Kate gave me a tour of…

Creating a culture of kindness at Armsmear

I had first heard of Armsmear about three years ago when I started at The Commons. Bishop Laura Ahrens has a binder on her bookshelf with the word “Armsmear” on the spine, and for three years I would find myself looking at the binder thinking “what a weird name, I wonder what that is.” Fast forward to now, when I was looking for this week’s blog post, I decided I would do some research into this mysterious binder and Armsmear.

Painting Apartments & Building Peace in New Haven

I spent my Thursday painting an apartment in Newhallville, New Haven with the 12 young people from Palestine, Israel, and Jordan and the Christian Community Action. This service project was one of seven offered with IWagePeace.org and Jerusalem Peacebuilders’ Interfaith Service Day.

I had heard about this service day from the Rev. Canon Nicholas Porter, Executive Director for Jerusalem Peacebuilders.