Harrowing Of Hell

This Lent, Challenge Yourself with Morning Prayer

Dear Epiphany, I want to invite you to the 2021 Lenten Morning Prayer Challenge!  Here is how you can turn your Lent from a time of joy to a grueling exercise that feels like running through purgatory wearing lead boots—Morning Prayer. Just kidding. Actually, what I promise is that the invitation to daily morning prayer

COVID-19 Protocol Update

Dear Epiphany, The spiritual journey is a wide path separated by narrow passages. It makes me think of the deep caverns carved by running water in Monument State Park, Utah; or the cathedrals carved by hand below ground by monks in Ethiopia; or the wind-ripped gullies that shaped the sacred places of Petra. What is

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Epiphany

Dear Epiphany,   Imagine living in a world where the night sky was an intimate part of your everyday existence. Where the stars and their patterns of travel were familiar to you, even conversational. Where you might say to a friend, did you notice Orion turned, or Jupiter flared (I don’t even know enough to give

Alleluia is our Song! Choral Music in the Second Wave

Dear Epiphany, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus out Lord” (Rom 8:38-39)… not even COVID-19, and the necessary restrictions our common

Juneteenth: A Day to Honor God’s Promised Jubilee

Dear Epiphany,  The Hebrew people laid claim to the idea that no one should spend a lifetime in servitude. The entire Jewish tradition is built on the story of their emancipation from the yoke of slavery under the Egyptians. To this day, the Jewish people remember and celebrate their liberation.  And so, they proclaimed:  “You

George Floyd, COVID-19, and The Great Timeout

Dear Epiphany, From the early days of the stay-at-home order, I have been referring to this time of COVID-19 as the Great Timeout. The name came, of course, from my experience as a parent, sending my children to timeout to consider what they had done, and not come out until they were ready to apologize

Pentecost 2020

Dear Epiphany, Happy Pentecost. This service serves to bracket the season of Easter. It began at the Great Vigil, where the light of Christ was brought into the Church, and it ends today with that light of Christ being carried out into the world. You are the Church that brings this light into the world.