Posts by Drew Downs

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Ashes and Invitations

by Drew Downs
Ashes and Invitations

Remember that you are dust Each year, after the Christmas memories are made, and the Light that has come into the world has chased away the darkness, we gather on an otherwise nondescript Wednesday. And that day, as we go about like any other day, we are invited to stop and reflect on our own […]

What’s Going On With the Anglican Communion?

by Drew Downs
What’s Going On With the Anglican Communion?

Unless you are living under a rock, you have by now heard about the Primates’ Meeting in Canterbury and their condemning of the Episcopal Church a couple of weeks ago. We had three very lively conversations after church a couple of weeks ago which gave many of you a chance to ask questions and get […]

Christmas Message 2015

by Drew Downs

Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. When we tell the birth story of Jesus, we speak of this unlikely couple with a very unlikely pregnancy; a trip to Bethlehem with its […]

GOD and the problem of violence

by Drew Downs

“God Isn’t Fixing This” the headline reads. You may have seen this by now. It’s the headline on the cover of The New York Daily News dealing with the mass shooting in San Bernardino at a social services center. The scene itself, which involved a manhunt and a shootout taking hours, was itself deeply disturbing. And given the […]

Blessing Pets and All Creation!

by Drew Downs

Join us in the garden for a special outside worship service with the blessing of animals! A tradition, often tied to St. Francis, the blessing of animals is an opportunity to share in the wonder and blessing of all of God’s creation! So often we think only of our human relationships, but for many of […]

Learning the Basics

by Drew Downs
Basic Christianity - St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 9/13

I’ve been looking for the right way to launch a newcomers class. And a confirmation class. And an Episcopal 101 class. And.. It is hard to provide something for everybody. Particularly when we are all at a different spot. Some of us take every opportunity to learn more about our faith. Some of us haven’t […]

On the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage

by Drew Downs

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” About two weeks ago, I thought about giving up Facebook. My feed was filled with images of anger and hatred; victims of brutality, especially children. I was reading stories that disturbed me and tormented my soul. It was getting to […]