[Anglican Journal] On Jan. 25,1944, as much of China lay in the iron grip of the Japanese invasion, the church marked a groundbreaking event. A fearless Anglican bishop, discerning a match between wartime need and a uniquely gifted person, ordained a humble yet steel-spined disciple of Christ into the priesthood. The bishop was Ronald Hall of Victoria and the ordinand was Hong-Kong-born Li Tim-Oi, the church’s first woman priest.
Later, graciously relinquishing her licence in the face of Canterbury-led reaction from the establishment, Li continued her ministry during the Japanese occupation and the Communist regime that followed.
- Published: Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:19
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Jeremiah 31: 1-6, Acts 10: 34-43, John 20: 1-18
Going through the barrier with a colleague to board my train in a busy station in London, suddenly a loud alarm sounded. A voice came over the public address system advising, no instructing, every person in the station to leave the building immediately. The majority of passers-by stopped, stood still and looked at each other. Visitors to London were already making their way to the exits, Londoners were hurrying their way to their destinations. The message only came once. I looked at the person I was with, we shrugged our shoulders, and went through the barrier to catch our train.
We have, collectively, quite a bit of disbelief and fatigue when we are told that we really must respond, or do something, or change our behaviour or direction.
Mary Magdalene was exhausted by grief. With Jesus everything had died. Who knows why she thought she was going to the garden in which the tomb they had borrowed for him was situated, but who knows why we do lots of things when we are worn out by life? Mary’s emotion represents the emotion of the whole world in the presence of the overwhelming cruelty and irreparable nature of death.
- Published: Tuesday, 22 April 2014 13:54
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- Published: Sunday, 20 April 2014 09:29
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The tomb is empty, and nobody knows where the body is. Mary Magdalene tells the others about the mysterious disappearance, but they give up and go home. Mary stays behind, weeping, and then fails to recognize the risen one before her. As the days pass, each resurrected encounter begins in surprise or anonymity – the disciples fishing all night without catching, Jesus cooking breakfast on the beach, the two on their way to Emmaus. Nobody recognizes him at first sight.
Clearly the risen body is not identical to the Jesus who was crucified. People mistake him for a stranger. He enters locked rooms. He walks along the path to Emmaus for a long time without being recognized. Crucifixion, death and resurrection result in a transformed body – with evident scars, but changed nonetheless. When he reminds others of God’s banquet, meant for the whole world – when human beings are fed and watered, delivered from prison, gathered from exile across the earth, and healed and reconciled into a community of peace – his companions discover that he has once again been in their midst.
- Published: Sunday, 20 April 2014 08:03
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Weekly Words of Wellness
The Living Compass Faith & Wellness Initiative
"The Ground Begins to Soften"
For those of us who celebrate Easter in the northern hemisphere, we are blessed to have abundant symbols of resurrection and rebirth all around us as we celebrate this most joyous holy day. We are blessed to enjoy the new buds on the trees, the return of robins and other birds that have been south for the winter, the lengthening of the days, and the overall warming temperatures. For me, though, there is one sign in nature that is the most meaningful indicator of new life this time of year, one that is probably easy to overlook...the ground beginning to soften.
- Published: Friday, 18 April 2014 19:31
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Weekly Words of Wellness
The Living Compass Faith & Wellness Initiative
April 11, 2014
"Holy Is As Holy Does"
In a few days Christians around the world will begin the observance of Holy Week. Holy Week is the week preceding the celebration of Easter and is marked by a range of sacred traditions and celebrations. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, continues with Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and concludes with celebrations of the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. Throughout history, throughout the world, and across the many expressions of the Christian faith, there are countless variations of how Holy Week is enacted, but the one common theme of all Holy Week celebrations is that they are characterized by a wide variety of dramatic actions.
Palms are blessed. Processions occur around the church, and sometimes through neighborhoods, with some that even include live donkeys. The Gospel is proclaimed or sung with many joining in to portray different voices in the stories being read. Feet are washed. Bread is broken. Some of the faithful stay awake for all night prayer vigils. Hymns are sung. Flowers are arranged. Fires are lit. Trumpets are blown. Resurrection is proclaimed.
- Published: Sunday, 13 April 2014 17:26
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How long is YOUR procession?
- Published: Saturday, 22 March 2014 16:54
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Here are the details for the Spring Luncheon at St. Matthews. You may also print the pdf here.
- Published: Thursday, 09 January 2014 08:28
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[Episcopal News Service] When drought conditions worried Oklahoma City environmental groups, Ferrella March and Bishop Steven Charleston organized a gathering to pray for rain.
There was a downpour.
- Published: Sunday, 22 December 2013 07:23
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The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner
"Christmas. Locally Sourced"
Locally sourced restaurants are gradually becoming my favorite places to eat. In case you are not familiar with this term, a locally sourced restaurant feature food that is produced by local farmers. These restaurants typically provide a list of the nearby farms who are supplying the food they are serving so you know exactly where your food is coming from. "Farm to table" is another phrase used to describe these restaurants because the restaurants buy directly from the farmers, getting the food from the farm to the diner's table as quickly as possible. "Eat local." Whether eating at a restaurant or shopping at a grocery or other store, this motto sums up the commitment to support the local community and to have a close relationship with those that feed us.
I like at least two things about locally sourced restaurants. I like that the food is healthy, fresh, whole, and delicious. Although the diner may have fewer options to choose from on the menu of such a restaurant, the freshness and quality of the food more than make up for this. The other thing I like about eating at these restaurants is that I know that I am supporting local farmers, knowing if I wanted to visit one of their farm that the farmers would most likely welcome me, and be happy and proud to show me what they do. These reasons together serve to create a different dining experience with better taste and a different feel than if instead my food was coming from some distant, nameless source.
- Published: Friday, 29 November 2013 10:00
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The Dominican Development Group] On a hot, humid day in mid-June 2013 a group of intrepid Episcopalian missioners from Michigan arrived in the Dominican Republic to continue the building of the San Simon church in San Marcos. An amazing discovery awaited one of the missioners, Tammy Mazure, for she found a small, 6-8 weeks old, approximately 5 pounds puppy, dehydrated, malnourished and with a healed dislocated hip under a pile of discarded wood. Had the puppy been abandoned there or had she sought sanctuary? The rest of the story: Tammy immediately took the puppy under her wing and bought her dry puppy food and made sure she got adequate water. However, Tammy was scheduled to leave several days later so when the next group of 8 missioners arrived from Michigan, she sought out Norma York-Bremer and Janine Dekker to ask if they would continue caring for her, which of course they agreed to do. On the Monday of their mission, Padre Bienvenido advised that he would be unable to be at the site the following morning for morning prayer, but that Deacon Lourdes would be there instead. Nobody realized at that time what an impact this change would have on the puppy. Norma and Janine realized that their group was possibly the last missioner group until the following January and Janine bemoaned this fact to Deacon Lourdes during a waterbreak at which time she said “Mio esposo esta medico veterinario” and the next day she brought her husband, Hector, to the site. Norma indicated the many things that would need to be done before even thinking of bringing the puppy back (a long shot at that time). Hector answered to each item “no problemo” and so he took the puppy with him.
- Published: Thursday, 07 November 2013 15:53
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- Published: Sunday, 03 November 2013 16:55
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Have you ever accomplished or created something significant in a short period of time? While there are exceptions to everything, I would guess that most of us would answer this question negatively. It takes time and patience to create a life of meaning. It takes time and patience to create a trusting, caring friendship, marriage, or family. It takes time and patience to create a new initiative in your community. It takes time and patience to create a spiritual life. It takes time and patience to create meaningful work. It takes time and patience to create physical wellness. It takes time and patience to create a life of giving and service to others.
No one would ever confuse me with a person who is good at practicing patience, but as I get older, I am working on it. It takes time to learn the practice of patience! Too often I want to see immediate fruit from some effort I am making, whether it be getting in better shape, strengthening a relationship in my life, or starting a new project in my work. Even in my prayer life I can find myself acting like a line from an old joke: "Lord, please give me patience, and please give it to me now!"