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Explore the Building

Explore the Building

In the Harry Potter series, the castle that is Hogwarts School is a full character; the castle is full of secrets, moving staircases, secret passages, and even a room that can turn into whatever you need it to be at the moment. I feel like our building is a little bit...

The Community That is St. Clare’s

The Community That is St. Clare’s

Dear friends, Last weekend, I had the wonderful experience of getting to share an evening and a day with our vestry- in person! One of the themes we named was that, while circumstances in the world around us are increasingly challenging, we are all grateful for the...

Guest Preacher and Discussion Forum This Sunday

Guest Preacher and Discussion Forum This Sunday

Welcome to our guest preacher, the Rev. Matthew Lukens, Campus Chaplain at Canterbury House at the University of Michigan! Rev. Matthew and Rev. Anne didn’t have the good fortune of going to seminary in the same place, but we did attend seminary at the same time, and...

Worship in the Spring & Summer

Worship in the Spring & Summer

Thanks to all who expressed their hopes and preferences for worship in the spring and summer of this year. I wanted to share a summary of the data with you:  2/3 of the respondents expressed that their preferences were driven by concern for safety for themselves,...

Sermon Easter Sunday

Sermon Easter Sunday

Every Tuesday morning, our family, which is me and my husband Myles and my 2 year old Isaiah, has a very important vigil. We generally talk about it the night before when we prepare for it, and so it’s on our minds when we wake up. We spend the morning listening very...

Wine with Communion at the 8:30 Service

Wine with Communion at the 8:30 Service

You may have seen that we are now permitted by our diocesan guidelines to share wine at communion. The task force appointed to reflect and give recommendations on the matter suggests that each congregation take some time to consider their particular context, theology,...

Easter Joy!

Easter Joy!

Invite your friends to join in Easter joy! We can all use an invitation to a joyful celebration of hope and new life this year. It’s really easy to invite a friend to join us: Send them a Facebook invitation to our Easter service! [https://fb.me/e/4po7h23uX ]...

Sermon Lent 4C 2022

Sermon Lent 4C 2022

It’s Oscars day, and it’s Lent, so in the spirit of confession, I’m going to tell you something about myself- I have terrible taste in movies. That’s not even a totally accurate way to say it- I actually love movies that are terrible. It has been an embarrassingly...

Sermon Lent 3C 2022

Sermon Lent 3C 2022

There’s this concept in Montessori and other similar educational philosophies called “false fatigue” that I think about a lot. Basically, at least as I learned about it in regard to religious environments for children, the idea is that a child enters a room [describe...

Carolyn’s Faith Journey

Carolyn’s Faith Journey

Carolyn Sampselle contributed another moving response to the “homework” from my sermon on March 6: “Consider taking some time to dwell on some of those essential, defining stories from your life of faith, and from your ancestors, your family, your community. How do...

Sermon Lent 2C 2022

Sermon Lent 2C 2022

Readings for the Second Sunday in Lent: Genesis 15:1-12,17-18, Philippians 3:17-4:1, Luke 13:31-35, Psalm 27 The children’s ministry program at Grace Church in St. Helena, CA, where I served before coming here, is a little like Godly Play, which you all have had here...

Homework!

Homework!

In last week’s sermon, I gave some optional homework: “Consider taking some time to dwell on some of those essential, defining stories from your life of faith, and from your ancestors, your family, your community. How do those stories shape who you are today, how you...