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.
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.