Posts Categorized: Voice of the Vestry

Voice of the Vestry – Moving Deeper

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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… Read more »

Voice of the Vestry: Analog Church

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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… Read more »

Voice of the Vestry: CHANGE

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by Eddie Grim We humans have a complex and varied relationship with change. It is a profound love and hate relationship. We celebrate the coming of spring while we grumble and complain about the accompanying rain. We smile in pride as our children grow to adulthood, but at the same time fear each new step… Read more »

Jesus Was A Freak-Loving Freak

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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… Read more »

Voice of the Vestry

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by Glen MacPherson “It’s the Homeless Newspaper!  Only one dollar suggested donation, otherwise free.  Get your Homeless News, right here!” It’s a baritone incantation, more melody than carnival bark, beautiful in a way, a non-threatening siren.  George was peddling his publication as we stood in line for the State Theater.  Tracie procured us a copy… Read more »

Lenten seasons over the years

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by Barb Dancer According to Wikipedia:  “In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting, as well as giving up certain luxuries in order to replicate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s journey into the desert for 40 days.”  Growing up Roman Catholic, in my house it was simpler: we gave up chocolate, or maybe all sweets, or… Read more »

My journey on the vestry

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By Sue Kelly The mother was putting her young son to bed for the evening.  As they were going through their usual bedtime routine, the boy suddenly took his two teddy bears, one in one hand, one in the other, and began to make them fight.  “Mommy, there is a war going on in my… Read more »