This Week at St. Stephen’s–February 02, 2014

WE WORK TOGETHER Leadership of a parish church in the Anglican tradition is an exercise in negotiation. Unlike the Catholic Church where “Father knows best”, and the Protestant tradition where the majority rules, we bring clergy and lay people to the table in an equal partnership that strives to be respectful of each other’s area […]

This Week at St. Stephen’s–January 26, 2014

TRAVEL WELL, SALLY This week we mourn the passing of Sally Sherritt, long-time and beloved member of St. Stephen’s. Sally was uniquely herself, some might even say a bit of a character. She was quick-witted, sharp-tongued, open-hearted, and tirelessly interested in the lives of those around her. We knew her for years as our church […]

This Week at St. Stephen’s–January 19, 2014

“HOUSE” INTO A “HOME” People build buildings. We shape them to reflect our needs, our aspirations, and our aesthetics. But buildings in turn shape us. We are finding this already with our newly renovated space. In ways we could not anticipate while drawing up the plans, St. Stephen’s is becoming a more participatory place. Our […]

This Week at St. Stephen’s–January 12, 2014

IT’S BUDGET TIME AGAIN It’s budget time again, which is always tricky. As a faith community we want to be open to the Spirit, to new possibilities, and to those little miracles that enable us to do things we didn’t think we would be able to do. But as fiduciary planners with the responsibility of […]

This week at St. Stephen’s–January 05, 2015

“MINISTERS” One of the deep privileges of life in a faith community is the support we offer one another through difficult times. When the vulnerability of one who is suffering is met by the sincere care of the community it feels like “holy ground” and we are all transformed. As we continue to pray for […]