Harvey, Irma, Maria. Mexico City, Houston, Jacksonville, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Keys, and other islands many of us had never heard of before. Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina. States where we have family, friends, loved ones. The devastation visited on friends we know and people we’ve only seen on television is of… Continue reading Compassion in the Storms
“…What makes life worth living, and what destination makes it reasonable to let that life end?” Last Sunday, Dr. Tommy Morel, a palliative care physician at Carilion, and the Reverend Mary Mackin started a three-session class called “Holy Living, Holy Dying.” I found it interesting that this class coincided with next Thursday’s St. John’s Book… Continue reading Life worth living
Every month or so, be ready for a question! We’ll reach out to parishioners, staff and others in the St. John’s family with a topic, sometimes faith-related, sometimes not. If you’re interested in contributing an answer in an upcoming issue, contact Cara Modisett, communications director, email@example.com. Kathleen Gregory “2017 marks a milestone in my life… Continue reading The Q&A: What Journeys Have You Taken This Summer?
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