Harrowing Of Hell

Reflections on the Epiphany Choir and our Anglican Tradition

Dear Epiphany, Words cannot describe how glorious your Epiphany choir sounded at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London. I heard over and over again from people who attend Evensong at Saint Paul’s regularly and over the years, that this was one of the best visiting choirs that they had heard sing Evensong there. And mind you,

Walking Pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral

Dear Epiphany, I have just returned from what turns out to have been the twelfth organized pilgrimage from Epiphany. Twelve of us walked the 75 km from Rochester Cathedral to Canterbury Cathedral. It took four days and we covered anywhere from 10 to 18 miles per day. As always, the camaraderie was thick amongst the

A Prayer for Maui

Dear Epiphany,    I writing to you from the UK, as I and many of our parish walk the Canterbury trail. The other day, I saw on my Instagram feed a photo of the sun setting in Maui. I had taken it a few years back when Kristin and I were there on vacation. While

The Founding of St. John’s, Kirkland

Dear Epiphany, Most of you are probably not familiar with Father Cameron Morrison, but he was a significant priest in this parish a long time ago. If his name sounds familiar, it may be because of the significant controversy that arose after his untimely death in 1922. Father Morrison wasn’t feeling well so he went

Rest Eternal Grant to The Reverend Pete Strimer

Dear Epiphany,   I’m very surprised and saddened to report to you that our dear pastor and friend, Pete Strimer, died quite unexpectedly from a heart attack. As you know, last year Pete moved permanently to Florida, and so no longer was part of our clergy team. That said, when he was in town, he

The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II

With the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the center of this cultural moment for so many of us around the world, it’s worth taking a minute to reflect on her relationship to us as Episcopalians. Is there any reason for us to pay attention to news like that from across the pond? First, some

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