Harrowing Of Hell

An Essay on Evil

Dear Epiphany, St. Augustine taught that evil is not a substance. It is, as it were, a by-product of our freedom, and especially of our sin. Some say the effects of that sin did not fall solely on the world of humans, but spilled over into the natural world as well, in the form of

Today, We Are Reminded…

Dear Epiphany,   It is so startling to hear that 21 people who got up in the morning yesterday to go to school and do their work, never came home. There’s nothing to account for that kind of evil, except evil itself. In its wake, there is a spiritual disquietude that stirs the hearts of

Staff Updates at Epiphany

Dear Epiphany, I find it wonderfully providential that our retreating from the pandemic has so seamlessly coincided with a new model for the Epiphany staff. Since last November, we have been working with Nathan Kirkpatrick from Saison Consulting to consider our staffing needs and how they correspond with care for the congregation, the rejuvenation of

Rector’s Sabbatical: Preparing for Going Out and Inviting In

Dear Epiphany, I’m going on Sabbatical this June, July, and August.  I have been Rector of Epiphany for over 14 years, and it is time to once again step away and rest, reflect, and write. This reprieve will wonderfully coincide with my wife, Kristin’s, sabbatical from Kaiser Permanente, as well as my son Desmond’s graduation

Epiphany’s Donations at Work in Ukraine

Dear Epiphany, Well done!  Yes, we are a parish that seeks to form the spirit and soothe the soul, but we’re also a place that seeks to care for the body and our neighbor as well. How do I know? See the ambulance below! Father Andriy, the priest for Holy Trinity Ukrainian church, texted me

The Pilgrims’ Icon

Dear Epiphany, I’m taking a moment to step back from sermon preparation for Holy Week to write you this letter of introduction to a new dimension of worship being introduced and Epiphany… iconography.  We have had icons in our midst since I’ve arrived at Epiphany. We have had icon writing classes and classes teaching how

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Dear Epiphany, As most of you know, I am off to the Holy Land on pilgrimage with 22 other Epiphany pilgrims. We will return on March 9. It’s a long-planned trip, as these things must be, indeed, having been rescheduled a few times given the pandemic. These pilgrimages are refreshing to my soul, and also,

Celebrating The Rev. Kate Wesch

Dear Epiphany,   Many of you remember Kate Wesch, our beloved Senior Associate, who was here at Epiphany for over 10 years. She left in 2018 to be the Rector of the Saint John the Baptist Parish in West Seattle, where she accomplished great things in a short period of time. Recently she’s been called

Epiphany’s Anchorite: Meet Susan Pitchford!

Dear Epiphany,   I am thrilled to announce that Susan Pitchford is joining the Epiphany team as a volunteer professional to ply her gifts as an educator to help with adult spiritual formation. Many of you have experienced classes she has taught and retreats she has led here at Epiphany. Click here to read her