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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 […]

While the Rector’s Away …

by Editor

Drew Downs and family will be traveling for Continuing Education and vacation July 8-27. But don’t stay away–we’ll still be here! The Rev. Deby Veach, our deacon, will officiate at Morning Prayer for both services (8 and 10am) on July 12 and 26.On July 19, we’re pleased to welcome an old friend, the Rev. Bill […]

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 […]

VBS Is a Wrap!

by Editor

This week (June 14-18) our building was (literally) overrun with hordes of kids, leaders, and youth helpers as we hosted our 2nd annual four-church Vacation Bible School with Centenary UMC, Central Pres, and Trinity Lutheran. The theme this year was Fun Run, taken from 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight. I have […]