Peace to you in these holy days.


There’s a heartbreaking irony that Easter, the foundational claim of our common Christian faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, is not celebrated on a common date. I pray for all entering Holy Week, whenever it comes for you. 

While this division breaks my heart, more and more, I’m seeing that our holiest of days are also holy opportunities for collaboration and reconciliation.  I began Lent with a pan-Methodist Ash Wednesday service co-hosted by Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church, Union United Methodist Church and Columbus Ave African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston. I’ll end this holy season with an ecumenical “Seven Last Words” service among the churches in Haverhill. Historically, an ecumenical “seven last words “ service has been an opportunity for Christians to worship together.  Maybe you will consider joining:

  • “Holy Tuesday” service in the Episcopal Tradition, with the renewal of ordination vows. On Tuesday, April 16 I’ll be leading the ecumenical delegation to Springfield. Rev. Kenneth will be with those in Boston.

  • Church of the Covenant, Emmanuel Church, Old West Church and common cathedral for an ecumenical Maundy Thursday service of foot-washing, communion and stripping of the altar on Thursday, April 18 at 7:30pm, Lindsey Chapel, Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St, Boston.




















  • Or The Paulist Center, in downtown Boston, for an ecumenical Seven Last Words Service beginning at 12:05 PM.




Jesus Christ draws all of us to the cross. The Resurrection is not for some but for all.  The Resurrection is a kind of repair of the many divisions between God and God’s people.  I want to share with you my essay on the Spiritual Practice of Mending, published this week by Religion News Service.


Mending is practice for what my Jewish friends name as “tikkun olam” or “repair of the world.” We have the choice to destroy or to become co-participants in repair. I choose repair.


And for those who try to pattern our lives like Jesus, the story of Easter is a kind of repair.


In a Jerusalem, under the strain of Roman occupation, the fatal violence of the crucifixion has torn apart Jesus’ community. Jesus is raised from death yet still bears the marks of violence. Resurrection with scars is God’s act of “visible mending.” We who repair participate in God’s mending, too.


Wherever you find yourself in the weeks that our diverse traditions call holy, I pray that you find opportunity to open yourself to God's mending work in your own life and in our communal life.

In hope,


Rev. Laura

 
 
 
 
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Meet us in Springfield or Boston to share in the Episcopal traditional of a renewal of ordination vows.  

​​​​​​​Ministers from all traditions, join Bishop Fisher and the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts for their Renewal of Vows Service. This Episcopal service of Holy Eucharist includes the blessing of holy oils and renewal of vows for clergy.

Meet Rev. Laura 15 mins before the start time near the back of the church. 

A casual lunch will follow.  For lunch reservations e-mail LHurlbut@diocesewma.org.




 
 
 
 
 
This Episcopal service of Holy Eucharist includes the blessing of holy oils and renewal of vows for clergy. Bishop Alan M. Gates will preach and Bishop Gayle E. Harris will preside at the Holy Tuesday service.

All are welcome, arrive 15 minutes early to meet Rev. Kenneth and sit together.

Clergy are invited to stay for lunch with the bishops ($12 per person, payable the day of). RSVP to the cathedral administrator, Kevin Vetiac, at kvetiac@diomass.org .
 
 
 
 
 
April 17, 2019, 2-5 PM
Memorial Church - 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA

The inaugural Folorunso Alakija Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Public Life in Africa will be delivered by Bishop John Richard Bryant, retired Senior Bishop and Presiding Prelate of the Fourth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

This lecture provides a platform for the Harvard University Center for African Studies to connect faith leaders with the Harvard community and beyond in a conversation about the constantly shifting and contested boundary between the secular and the sacred, the public and the private.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited so please RSVP via Eventbrite to ensure a spot.
Saxo Grammaticus's demonstration of the relationship between the project of indeterminacy and the conceptual logic of biohistory is pregnant with meaning, but never quite delivers. The project of indeterminacy is associated with the conceptual logic of biohistory. The culture of the abyss is closely allied with the conceptual logic of 'high' culture.
 
 
 
 

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