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…

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…

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…

Trail Magic in Salisbury

I spent last Saturday at a trailhead in Salisbury feeding hikers.

I was joined by two young adults, Elizabeth Peters and Joshua Brown, as well as Dylan Mello, the Northwest Region Missionary and his family. We arrived around 9:45 a.m., unloaded my car with a table, chairs, a cooler of sodas, box of chips, sandwich makings, home-made O’Henry bars, pie, and four gallons of water. Then we waited.

Episode 52: Living One’s Truth with the Rev. Jack Gilpin

Today our guest is the Rev. Jack Gilpin. Jack was ordained in 2012 and is currently the rector of St. John’s, New Milford. Jack is also a professional actor who has starred in over 35 feature films and has been in many shows on and off Broadway and in regional theaters around the country. Shows…

Meet Pam Toffey: Bridging the gap between us and the communion of saints

“I’m a mutt,” she said with a huge smile on her face. “I’ve done the research, and have found that I am a little bit of everything, and I am embracing that.” Years ago, Pam Toffey was in a car accident which left her quite a bit of recovery time. While she was recovering, Pam jumped into the world of genealogy.

Episode 45:​ Lay Preaching with Eliza Marth and Anne Hall

Today our guests are Eliza Marth, Northwest Region Missionary and Anne Hall, Junior Warden at St. John’s in Pine Meadow. Both Eliza and Anne were both participants in the first region based lay preaching course last Lent in 2018. The second round just finished up on March 3. Twelve people participated from five parishes and…

Coffee Hour at The Commons – Episode 37

Our guests today are the Reverends Carrie and Nik Combs. Carrie is the full-time curate at Trinity in Newtown. Nik, who’s originally from Idaho, is a part-time priest-in-charge at Trinity in Torrington and works part-time  at Class Cycles in Southbury. Carrie, who grew up in Cheshire, was ordained a priest in 2018 and Nik was ordained a priest in…