Posts by Drew Downs

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What is Wild Goose?

by Drew Downs
Wild Goose Festival - Dar Williams

I spent this past weekend getting waterlogged and dried out in a tent with my daughter. For many, this is the kind of typical summer activity: camping. This is no ordinary camping trip. We were attending the 6th Annual Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, NC, a small resort town in the mountains near Asheville. […]

We’re trying a couple of new things

by Drew Downs

1) A new seating area! Two Sundays ago, we moved our coffee hour to the Cloister Room, a more intimate space toward the front of our building. The Great Hall was already prepared for a Mother’s Day brunch and we certainly couldn’t cancel our coffee hour! Those of us who sat in the comfortable chairs […]

One way a church must be political

by Drew Downs
One way a church must be political

We often define the word politics too narrowly. In our daily usage, we often make politics stand in for arguing cronyism control Machiavellian manipulation ideology political parties advocacy particular legislation particular candidates for office We can mean any of these things or all of them at the same time. The poor person we’re talking to […]

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 […]