Encounter

Christmas around the Diocese of Maryland

Several months into the pandemic, we began to realize that, like during Holy Week and Easter, we wouldn’t be able to meet in our churches for Christmas. Yet our congregations stepped up and kept the creative energy flowing, despite the fatigue brought on by such a challenging year. We are a community of love. We worshipped together and made offerings of what we had to give.

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Witnessing to the God of Life: A Letter to The Episcopal Church

We urge you to change this situation by voting for candidates who support sensible gun reforms and ensuring that all citizens have the opportunity to vote. Our partners at Brady: United to Prevent Gun Violence and March for Our Lives have put together an excellent toolkit highlighting the essential link between voting rights and our country’s ability to enact popular and sensible gun safety legislation

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236th Convention passes landmark resolution committing one million dollars to reparations

On September 12, 2020, the 236th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland passed Resolution 2020-06, committing to creating a $1,000,000 seed fund for reparations 189 – 31, with nine abstentions – an 82.5% approval. The Rev. Dion Thompson of St. Anne’s, Annapolis, commented that “This is a bold, bold step… and this might be the first step in thinking of what we can do for the Native American community or other communities that are oppressed. We are trying to heal this nation.”

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Theological Reflection – the poetry of Malcolm Guite

Like the other arts, poetry has the capacity to, in Lewis’ own phrase, “steal past those watchful dragons” of our hardened hearts in such a way that we are able to encounter God afresh. That’s what I experienced among my colleagues last week, when in our biweekly Theological Reflection time we spent an hour simply reading some of Guite’s poems and reflecting on them.

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