Sabbatical Reflections from Bishop Laura Ahrens

Reflections on the first part of my pilgrimage sabbatical (Mid- January- Mid-February) February 28, 2020             This year I am taking my sabbatical in two parts. I just completed the first leg of my sabbatical, jumping right back in with meetings at The Commons in Meriden on Saturday and a parish visit on Sunday. Let me…

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.

Writing an Icon, an Invitation

By: The Reverend Dr. Jennifer Glaze Montgomery Twelve years ago, my friend, Anne, said to me, “I want you to come to a retreat that you are going to love!”  “What is it?” I asked suspiciously.  “Just come” is all she said.  So, I did.  The retreat was an icon writing workshop and Anne was right. I loved…

That time I spent a day in Aberdeen.

On December 12, I took up a bishop’s offer and spent a day in Aberdeen, Scotland. The train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, much like Metro-North, is a commuter train that takes about 2.5 hours. With coffee in hand, my friend Ashley and I cruised up along the coastline of Scotland greeting the sun on a…

AdventWord Reflections: Advent 4

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 3

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 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…