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Koonce: Why Do We Fish?

Koonce: Why Do We Fish?

Written by The Rev. Kelly Koonce on

Why do we fish? Why do we spend our hard-earned money, hard-won time, and hard-fought effort in pursuit of this ancient avocation – far more money, time, and effort, incidentally, than non-fisherfolk (like my wife) deem sensible, or for that matter, even comprehensible? What draws us, almost...

Cocke: Friends in Pakistan Need Our Support

Cocke: Friends in Pakistan Need Our Support

Written by The Rev. Reagan Cocke on

One afternoon, as we drank chai tea, Bishop Mano received word from his diocesan office manager that there had been a suicide bombing in Peshawar. When he hung up his cell phone, Mano turned to me and said, “This is the first one in Peshawar, and I am afraid, my friend, it is only the beginning.”

Tillson: Reflections on Invitation Sunday

Tillson: Reflections on Invitation Sunday

Written by Jim Tillson on

As was likely the case with a number of our fellow parishioners, we “intellectually” understood the purpose behind Invitation Sunday but struggled to convert that to a “spiritual” action. As such, we committed to extending an invitation but wanted to be sure the persons...

Miller: Blessings from a Child

Miller: Blessings from a Child

Written by Hannah Miller on

Every morning when I drop Sabine off at school, which is at our church, she likes to first go to “Big Church,” the historic sanctuary, and then “Little Church,” the contemporary worship space at St. David's, Austin, where we have kids service.  I cherish these quiet...

Benson: This -ism, That -ism, and the Other -ism

Benson: This -ism, That -ism, and the Other -ism

Written by The Rev. Ricky Benson on

Twenty-three years ago I moved to a small city on a small island off the coast of Texas. Shortly after arriving I began to read and hear about “BOIs.” When I asked, I was informed that “BOI” was the acronym for “Born On the Island.” There was a clear divide...

Chabot: A Lesson on Humility, Spirituality, Religiousness

Chabot: A Lesson on Humility, Spirituality, Religiousness

Written by The Rev. Bruce Chabot on

"When I was a kid, the Sunday School teacher once gave me a ribbon because of my sweet humility. The next week I wore it, so she took it away." -- Tom Turner, Navasota cultural icon.   American iconoclast Walt Whitman raised literary eyebrows when, instead of praising something noble, he...

Boyd: Raise My Hands / Paint My Spirit Gold

Boyd: Raise My Hands / Paint My Spirit Gold

Written by The Rev. Cathy Boyd on

I had satellite radio for a while, but my free trial expired and I don’t miss it. For me, listening to the radio is the aural equivalent of mindlessly flipping through channels on TV: all you can do is Keep Trudging and Hoping Against Hope.

Lee: Why I Don't Want Racial Reconciliation

Lee: Why I Don't Want Racial Reconciliation

Written by The Rev. Nathaniel Jung-Chul Lee on

In the winter of 1976, Hyeon-Kon Lee immigrated to suburban Washington D.C. from his native Gochang, Korea; and shortly thereafter, met and fell in love with Gail Sue Wright.  It was, in his own words, “love at first sight.”  Yet there was a problem.  The Virginia...

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