COVID-19 Reflections, part 3

Onto part 3 of the COVID-19 Reflections, submitted by folks from all over ECCT. Thank you to all who have submitted, here are just a few more. Please, keep submitting!  We asked folks from all over ECCT to submit reflections on their experiences during this time of quarantine, physical distancing, and uncertainty. We asked where…

COVID-19 Reflections, part 2

Here is part two of the COVID-19 Reflections, submitted by folks from all over ECCT. Thank you to all who have submitted, here are just a few more. More to come next week! So please, keep them coming!

COVID-19 Reflections, part 1

We asked folks from all over ECCT to submit reflections on their experiences during this time of quarantine, physical distancing, and uncertainty. We asked where you see God in this, what you are learning, and how you are caring for yourself in this time. We were overwhelmed with the response of essays, videos, poems, and more.

Here are some of the reflections, more to come next week.

Parishes and worshiping communities work together to lower electricity costs

This blog is written by Alex Smith with CPA – Community Purchasing Alliance and CONECT – Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut. These are trying times for Episcopal churches throughout Connecticut. With the outbreak of COVID-19, churches are increasingly shutting doors and moving services online. As churches struggle to move to a virtual offering plate,…

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…