SHQ in the Holy Land: Layers

  Who needs a smart classroom in the holiness of the Cathedral chapel? Jane unwinds the soft translucent scarf from her throat, opens it wide, and folds it three times – to depict the layers of interpretation: exodus,exile, hope and restoration. Rachel weeps for her children, laments for the infants slaughtered by Herod, and we … read more

We grieve, suffer, and rejoice. In sequence and all at once.

It’s not a topic of conversation at my early morning workout at Dane’s Body Shop, and there’s little mention made on the cable TV news at 8 in the evening, but I’m all focused on preparation for the Easter Triduum observance at Christ Chapel this week. Seminary students and sacristans, faculty and staff are gathering […]

ADVENT MEDITATIONS – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25

Psalms 2, 85; Zechariah 2:10-13; John 3: 31-36   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Advent Meditation   “I think Joseph has lost his head,” she confided to me with a suppressed twinkle, when I visited Emmanuel Church in Massachusetts this summer. We hadn’t visited for […]

Why Do (at Least Some) People Need to Go to Church?

I think it’s a very hard question, and it is provoked by a moment in Diana Butler Bass’s book Grounded: Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution. Bass describes a time in her childhood after moving to the country when she begins to experience dirt as something to be investigated and not avoided: […]

Seven Demons

At the feast of Mary Magdalene at Christ Chapel this Easter season I wrestled once again with how to portray and proclaim Mary of Magdala, apostle to the apostles, amid the multiple conflicting portraits of her in the early church and contemporary culture.  Witness to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, Mary is commissioned […]

Reading Rankine on Martin Luther King Day

A prophet, a poet, a preacher, a dreamer, Martin Luther King, Jr. shared the prophet Isaiah’s dream that the valleys will be lifted up and the mountains and hills made low. He shared the faith of Jesus of Nazareth that the kingdom of God has come near. He preached Jesus who made the wounded whole […]