Taking to the Street

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My friend and colleague, Kevin Martin, achieves "Onion-esque" success at his blogspot with a satire that raises a serious question.  What happens when we transplant liturgical acts and sacraments from sacred space to the public domain? Baptismal Font Goes on the MoveEven though heavily endowed, Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Kelso, Ohio, a town just outside of Columbus is facing hard times.  The Rector, an Assisting Priest, and a Deacon have only three remaining Church members.  That is … [Read more...]

Kneel, Sit, Stand: The Embodiment of Spirituality

We used to joke about the dilemma that visitors to an Episcopal church typically face.  Do you “kneel, sit, or stand?”  I’ve been in a few parishes that have even tried to help with the question.  Unfortunately, far too many of the efforts focus on practice and practicalities.  Not enough of them focus on the inner logic of worship. Spiritual practice is not just about the mind or the soul.  We are not “Tinkerbell” trapped in bodies.We are body, mind, and soul --- an inextricable unit … [Read more...]

The Spiritual Dimension of Music

Some years ago I had the privilege of chairing a search committee charged with the task of identifying a new professor sacred music.  As lover of music of all types (or most of them, anyway) and as someone who had been surrounded by the best of musicians and choristers at the National Cathedral, I accepted the responsibility with relish and enjoyed every minute of it --- not least of all, the conversations with the candidates themselves.We had great success.  We invited a fine musician to j … [Read more...]


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