Voice of the Vestry

Voice of the Vestry: Resurrection and Rebirth

by Barb Dancer, Senior Warden Mary sobbed, alone – Jesus was gone.  Angels appeared.  And then Jesus himself appeared – but she didn’t recognize him.  Not until he spoke her name:   “Mary…” How many times have we done the same?  Lost in despair, feeling alone.  But there are angels.  And there is Jesus.  She dismissed …

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Voice of the Vestry – faith at the core

by Kelly Ignace I’m a marketing contractor, and one of the services I provide is building websites. I mostly build in WordPress. This isn’t a commercial. There’s a useful analogy to be told. Please stick with me. WordPress is this amazingly powerful open-source platform. Open-source meaning that the code is essentially available to anyone, and …

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Voice of the Vestry: deployed to The Border

by Glen MacPherson Turns out the dark blue operational dress uniform (ODU) is excellent camouflage in Sonoran scrub.  At least when it’s pitch black out.  There I was, a card-carrying member of the ACLU hunting illegal migrants a stone’s throw from “the wall”, exhilarated.   Three weeks ago I was putting Nancy Johnson in touch with …

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Voice of the Vestry: gaping hole or opportunity for growth?

by Elizabeth Black, Junior Warden When we have change, we often have fear.  Something is missing. Something is gone.  And when it is not replaced immediately, our sense of self preservation, of self-protection kicks in;  “Oh my gosh!  What is going to happen?  What will we do without it?  How do we replace it? Fix …

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Voice of the Vestry: my spiritual journey

by Maria DiStefano-Post “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” – …

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Voice of the Vestry: Seasons of darkness and light

by Bill Smith For many years, one of the activities my wife, Mary, and I like to do is to celebrate Summer Solstice on a high bluff near Empire overlooking Lake Michigan.  From that vantage point, the light lasts beyond 10 PM, and we feel that summer and its warmth and light will stretch on …

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Voice of the Vestry – Moving Deeper

by Elizabeth Blondia The 144th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan convened on November 2 and 3, 2018 in Lansing. In attendance from Grace Church were George Prewitt, Tony Nelson, Elizabeth Blondia, and The Reverend Kathryn Costas. We were joined by around 300 clergy and laypeople from all around our diocese who …

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Voice of the Vestry: Analog Church

Vinyl records are making a comeback. Musicians from all genres are offering them, and fans are buying. Paper notebooks from companies like Moleskine and Detroit-based Shinola have been hot for more than a decade now. In our so-called paperless society, paper is popular again. There has been steady growth in indie bookstores—the brick-and-mortar variety—and recent …

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Voice of the Vestry

by Jeff Wescott When I lived summers in my parents’ home, I often found myself having to do things that just didn’t make any sense.  I don’t mean things I simply hated, like taking out the trash or mowing the lawn: such tasks had merit and contributed to the family’s health and well-being.  I mean …

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Voice of the Vestry: What is a Steward?

by Marian Vermeulen My earliest specific memory of encountering the word “steward” comes from my childhood, as my brother and I sat in our family living room with my parents, often in the glow of a fire that muttered cheerfully in the wood stove, and listened with rapt attention to my father, reading to us …

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Voice of the Vestry: We don’t need a canoe

by Clare Andreasson, Senior Warden “What you need,” said my father, in a voice weighted with authority and experience, “is a canoe.” My husband and I and our two children were in the midst of a long season of changes for our young family which left us feeling fragmented, fearful, and disconnected from one another.  …

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Jesus Was A Freak-Loving Freak

This may not surprise some of you. I had an experience in my family some years ago that led me to this story.  You know how people can go quiet and either quit or slow communications? Often times, those on the other end start making up explanations for why the communication has changed pace? These …

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