St. John’s youth Isabel Baynum and the Reverend Whitney Burton traveled to England this summer on the diocesan youth exchange. Here is Isabel’s reflection on that pilgrimage. As we approached the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, my mouth dropped. The stone columns gave us an idea of where the ancient abbey and monastery used to stand.… Continue reading A Bridge Between Countries
Perhaps you’ve heard – the Reverend Nadia Bolz-Weber is coming to St. John’s on Thursday, November 16! Seats will go fast, so here are the details: 5:30-6:30 Reception 6:00 Doors open for lecture 7:00 Lecture followed by book signing While the lecture is free, the only guaranteed seating is for those helping defray costs by… Continue reading Nadia Bolz-Weber: The Dodson Lecture Lowdown
Practicing handbells at home between rehearsals isn’t quite the same as packing up a violin or a flute in its case. It more often requires substitutes – hairbrushes, spoons. Handbell ringers make music in ensemble, like an orchestra or a chorus, but in the case of handbells, the melody is built entirely note by note.… Continue reading After 10 Years, the Raleigh Ringers Return
This morning, St. John’s parishioners reflected on their summer pilgrimages – a trip to the Holy Land, a youth mission trip into the Appalachian mountains of southwest Virginia, and a diocesan youth trip to England. Allison Cole read a poem she had written about her experience in the Holy Land: Three Households, Alike in Dignity… Continue reading The Weight of Two Short Weeks
We just realized today is National Read a Book Day, so we asked our staff, clergy and volunteers what they’re reading. Here’s the list… The Reverend David Olson, Associate Rector Rinker Buck, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in… Continue reading What are we reading?
In a fairly recent sermon, I talked about the idea that we are created by God to want to be in community with others. We are hard wired, so to speak, with the need to be with others as we navigate the twists and turns of our lives. But it isn’t always easy to find… Continue reading Journey Groups: A New Series this Fall
Journey Groups and a superstar Lutheran pastor are among the new things at St. John’s this season, marking our 125th year on the corner of Jefferson and Elm. We launch the season on September 10, Celebration Sunday! From small group to big picture, this fall at St. John’s explores personal faith journeys, spiritual pilgrimages and… Continue reading Fall at St. John’s: New Classes, New Journeys