“O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” – Holy Saturday Reflection

Posted by on Apr 3, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The origins of the hymn “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” are debated, but many believe that the author of the original text from which the hymn is derived was Burgundian abbot and doctor Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153).  His long poem, Salve mundi salutare (“Hail, Savior of the World”), consists of seven cantos (subsections), each one […]

“Via Dolorosa” – Good Friday Reflection

Posted by on Apr 2, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

“Via Dolorosa” is translated from the Latin as “The Way of Suffering” and refers to the path that Jesus took from where and when he was sentenced to death, making his way through the streets of Jerusalem to the crucifixion site on Golgotha outside the city.  On Good Friday, Christians around the world remember the […]

“There Is a Fountain” – Maundy Thursday Reflection

Posted by on Apr 1, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Maundy Thursday is the day in Holy Week, leading up to the Christian celebration of Easter, when we stop to reflect on the sacrifice of Christ’s love and remember his command to “Love one another as I have loved you.”  We commemorate the Passover feast that Jesus celebrated with his disciples in the Upper Room, […]

Go and Rest: A Lenten Invitation

Posted by on Mar 24, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

“Chrissy, give me your phone. Leave your watch on the table and your laptop on your desk. You are going upstairs. I don’t care what you do, take a nap, read a book, doesn’t matter to me… but you need to take a break.”  These are perhaps the most firm and most loving words Justin […]

Prayer Surprised Me

Posted by on Mar 23, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

At the beginning of Lent, I shared with you that I was going to craft my way through Lent as a form of self-care. For me, crafting is about far more than the actual act of making something with my hands. It is a way for me to clear my mind of the clutter and […]

A Brief Introduction to Environmental Justice in NC

Posted by on Mar 18, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

What happens to the food you cannot eat or compost? When we place food and other items in our trash bins, where does it all go? Unless they can be recycled, most of our discarded items are taken to a landfill. The landfill is a modern facility located near cities and towns intended to manage […]

This Is the End

Posted by on Mar 4, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

In the fall of 2018 while studying at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, I took a Christian Theology class for which the final project was to artistically express my own personal theology. Of course, I decided to write a song, which I ended up calling “This Is the End.” I would eventually play this song […]

Lenten Post by Christian, “A Closer Walk…”

Posted by on Mar 1, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

It’s always a little mind-boggling to me to think about how we experience time differently based on our point of reference.  In reflecting upon the past year, it seems like time has slowed to a crawl, but still, so much has happened.  Just over one year ago, I was leading Ash Wednesday services at the […]

Lenten Post by April

Posted by on Feb 21, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Here we are again. The season of Lent is upon us… again. In reality, it feels like it never really left us. Lent is seen by many as the season of giving up luxuries, vices and habits that pull us away from a more faith-centered life. It’s seen as a season of self-reflection, wrestling with […]

Reflection on “Be Thou My Vision”

Posted by on Jan 28, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Be Thou My Vision. I don’t know why this hymn has such an effect on me. Maybe it is my Irish DNA that sings out when I sing it. The words to Be Thou My Vision are a translation of an ancient Irish prayer and are set to an Irish folk melody. There is something […]

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