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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 […]

General Convention Resources

by Drew Downs

Every three years, the Episcopal Church gathers in one of the largest gatherings of Christians in the world called General Convention. General Convention is the time in which the Episcopal Church does its work of voting and deciding on its future. It is made up of deputies from all orders: Lay, Bishop, Priest, and Deacon, and […]

Resurrection Stories

by Drew Downs
read "Resurrection Stories" on ststephensth.org!

In the Easter season, we are treated to some of the most fascinating stories in the gospels. We might call them the resurrection stories. At one time it worried me that each of the gospel books had a different ending. One (Luke) has a walk to Emmaus. One  (Mark) has an empty tomb and no […]

Holy Week Meditations

by Drew Downs

It is my sincere hope that you have been keeping a holy Lent as we wind down to the end of our journey, to Jerusalem, to confront the authorities, to the Passion and the Resurrection. It is an amazing time for us, if we take a break from the hubbub and personal concerns, giving our […]

Holy Week, Easter, and a Brand New First

by Drew Downs

As we prepare ourselves for Holy Week, this culmination of our Lenten journey, check out the latest edition of First, the seasonal publication of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church! Inside you’ll find: Answers to serious questions! Reflections on Holy Week in worldly contexts! Poetry by Malcolm Guite and C.W. Christian! and an Easter reflection by the Presiding […]