Harrowing Of Hell

Lent with Intent

Lent is a season of self-reflection and spiritual growth that lasts for 40 days before Easter Sunday. But why? Why do we mark this season? The answer lies in the the story we tell throughout the liturgical year: If Christmas was our celebration of the Incarnation, then Lent is the time we live into its

Adult Formation in Lent

March 13, 20, 27, & April 3, 10 | Great Hall & Zoom   Lent is a season when Christians traditionally choose a spiritual discipline to practice, which we hope will draw us closer to God. We often think of this as a time of deprivation and sacrifice, but experimenting with spiritual disciplines can be

Our Ancestor was a Wandering Foreigner

“Arami Oved Avi” (Ah-RAM-ee Oh-VED Ah-VEE) or, as we heard it in the reading from Deuteronomy, “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor.”  Today’s Old Testament lesson contains a phrase we might be tempted to skip over. After all, it sounds a lot like one of those “begat” sections of the Bible, and in any case,

This Lent: Epiphany’s Catechumenate

Adult Baptism and Confirmation Class March 2 | 6:00 – 7:15 pm March 13, 20, 27 & April 4, 10 | 4:00 – 5:15 pm Christie House Library   As Lent approaches, I want to invite you to consider being part of the catechumenate. It is a word for the ancient time of Christian instruction

Homily for the Feast of the Annunciation

Society teaches us to set our sights on a goal and to organize life around the achievement of that goal, in the same way that you might choose a point on a map and then plan a route to arrive there. What happens if we take away the goal, and put down the map, and

Pilgrimages From Home

Not long before the pandemic began last year, some fantastic Epiphanites loaned me three books before we knew what would unfold during these intervening 12 months.  “A year later, these three books (kept in Ziploc bags as I do since I worked in a bookstore where we could read any book for free as long

Aunt Maria and Zeal

“Zeal for your house will consume me.” That is a word I get excited about, zeal. It is a word that gets a bad rap—a zealot, a person blindly compelled by an idea, irrespective of its costs, particularly cost to relationship. I believe zeal means just the opposite. I believe zeal is all about relationship.

A Perfect Season for Consideration

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” In some ways, the words of Charles Dickens capture the essence of this pandemic for our nation. Indeed, it is easy to chronicle the Tale of Two Cities-esque blight of COVID-19: poverty, unemployment, depression, increase in suicide, ruptured education, malnutrition…all the things that