Sacred Ground, A Film- and Readings-based Dialogue Series on Race and Faith, is a part of the Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community initiative which expresses the long term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. Click on the links to read about Becoming Beloved Community and to learn more about the Sacred Ground film-based dialogue series on race and faith.
Father David offered a five-session class on Wednesday evenings this Lenten season to explore the subject of Truth. We looked at definitions of truth, truth in history, the role of truth in church history, truth in the world, and finally, truth and faith.
Our Money Story
We all have a money story, whether we recognize it or not. Perhaps we are always hopeful that we will always have enough, or the next windfall is just around the corner. Perhaps our story is one of fear or shame. Or a story that the church is dying and no longer relevant. Or a story that our actions won’t have an impact. Or a story that we don’t have enough. We live our lives and make our financial decisions from these stories.
The Welcoming Prayer
“The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. The purpose of the Welcoming Prayer is to deepen our relationship with God through consenting in the ordinary activities of our day ― “consent-on-the-go.”
Treasures of the Prayer Book
In this class we explored, among other things, the daily office services, prayers for all sorts of occasions and needs, the catechism, and of course, the history of the Book of Common Prayer.
We talked about what forgiveness really is and how the stories we tell about our lives can either free us or bind us in resentment and anger. Ultimately, the forgiveness series is about developing a practice of forgiving the little stuff so that it is easier to do the hard work of forgiving the big stuff, whether that means forgiving someone else or yourself. The changes and stresses of our lives in this pandemic provide many opportunities to practice forgiving.