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Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Sarasota, Florida

Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Sarasota, Florida | Episcopal Church | Scoop.it
Church of the Nativity: An Episcopal family church, serving Jesus Christ, caring for one another. Located in Sarasota, Florida.

 

Shameless plug for my church's website.  

 

Please be aware that any articles curated on this page are  based on providing a forum for divergent views and should not necessaarily be considered an expression of the views of myself, the Rector, or the Congregation of the Church of the Nativity.

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10 Myths People Have about the Church

10 Myths People Have about the Church | Episcopal Church | Scoop.it
I’ve been in church all my life. I’ve also always been active in my community. I’ve learned there are many myths people have about the church...some from people inside the church…some from the people on the outside of the church.
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Which Came First? - Busted Halo

Which Came First? - Busted Halo | Episcopal Church | Scoop.it
A look at Easter's holy and worldly symbols
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God Is.'s curator insight, April 1, 2013 10:51 AM

There is something new to learn...everyday...new life...new beginnings...new life! Thank you Jesus!

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Holy Week: Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

Holy Week: Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem | Episcopal Church | Scoop.it
It's hard to see through tears, but sometimes its the only way to see, tears can be the turning point, the springs of renewal and to know you have been wept for is to know that you are loved. 'Jesu...
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God Is.'s curator insight, March 25, 2013 10:42 AM

Jesus is so worthy to be praised and glorified!

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Poetry Recommendation: Sounding the Seasons by Malcolm Guite

Poetry Recommendation: Sounding the Seasons by Malcolm Guite | Episcopal Church | Scoop.it
As readers of this blog and those who follow my academic work know, I believe that poetry, literature, and the arts are ways of communicating truth -- and are much needed today.
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Faith and Theology: Heaven is a classroom: Origen's pedagogical theology

Faith and Theology: Heaven is a classroom: Origen's pedagogical theology | Episcopal Church | Scoop.it
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Why I Keep the Sabbath | Flunking Sainthood

Why I Keep the Sabbath | Flunking Sainthood | Episcopal Church | Scoop.it
The Sabbath is, first and foremost, about rest. I’m speaking tonight on Sabbath observance for the Lenten series at the Episcopal Church of the Redeeme
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Thomas Ken and the Doxology, the enduring hymn

Yesterday, I mentioned that Isaac Watts was not the first English hymnwriter. Before Watts liberated hymns and worship, Thomas Ken (1637-1711) had written
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Daily Episcopalian | FrJody.com

Daily Episcopalian | FrJody.com | Episcopal Church | Scoop.it
I left the following comment on this blog post predicting that the 1979 BCP will be the last printed Book of Common Prayer the Episcopal Church will ever produce. If the author proves correct, ...
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Dance Badly

Dance Badly | Episcopal Church | Scoop.it
Read Reflect I know, I know, doing anything badly freaks some of us out. We like to pretend we are absolutely excellent at everything we do. Or maybe it's just me. As if life is being graded by God...
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8 Reasons Jesus Definitely Existed - Listverse

8 Reasons Jesus Definitely Existed - Listverse | Episcopal Church | Scoop.it
The quickest way to get a reaction in the modern world is to shout "religion" on a crowded server.
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10 Bible Contradictions That Aren't - Listverse

10 Bible Contradictions That Aren't - Listverse | Episcopal Church | Scoop.it
No matter if you?re Christian, Jewish, Islamic or atheist, we can all agree on one point: the Bible is full of insane tales. Hidden between the ?thou shalt
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On the separation of church and history

On the separation of church and history | Episcopal Church | Scoop.it

“Taking church history seriously helps us sink our roots into something deeper than the present,” said Jones, who teaches at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “One of the dangers of this whole post-denominational world we live in is that people can lose their rootedness and lose a sense that generations of Christians have passed the faith on to us.”

 

This is especially important in the age of “The Da Vinci Code” and other works of popular culture that can leave people thinking that “there is no heresy and that there is no orthodoxy,” he said, in a telephone interview. “What you’re left with is a lot of competing voices and the sense that everything is up for grabs.”


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Anne Lamott's Facebook posting, 3/2/13

Anne Lamott's Facebook posting, 3/2/13 | Episcopal Church | Scoop.it

This morning at 4:00 I was at home, walking the inconsolable dogs in the dark, and now I am leaving JFK for Greenwich, CT, which I think is a very fancy place. 

I might have brought a nicer sweater, something more Kardashian and less Mr. Rogers. I have clean socks, prayer beads and a nice lipstick, though, so I should be okay. 

I'm speaking on faith tonight, which means this unshakeable, consignment-store belief I have that Love is bigger than any vile schmutz that might get thrown at you; that (as we teach our younger
St. Andrew kids) we are loved and chosen, and in the care of a power greater than ourselves, named Howard. I'll talk about the three great prayers, Help, Thanks, Wow, and rest as a radical spiritual act.

The talk is at a church, though, so I can't talk as much as I'd like about the 4th great prayer, "Help me not be such an Ass Hat." 

During the Q&A, people will ask about writing, and I will give them the basic bird by bird talk-- sit down and write a little. Try to keep your butt in the chair. Write badly, make more mistakes and messes. Print out more frequently and then send a small check to the Sierra Club. Or a big check. Every writer you love begins with an incredibly shitty first draft--we're all in the same boat! And no one cares if you write, so YOU have to. Find someone who writes, too, who will read your stuff for you and give you tough and respectful feedback. Do it by pre-arrangement with yourself, because it is never going to be a convenient time to write. Do it as a debt of honor.

The most important thing I will say tonight that life goes by in about three weeks, so be here for it. Stop hitting the snooze button. Wake up! That's why you're here.

Most people who come up afterwards to get a book signed will express shock that Sam is 23 years old, and has a three year old child of his own, because they remember Sam as a baby on the cover of Operating Instructions, in a Mervyn's tiger suit. And I will say, "How do you think *I* feel? I thought he was twelve..."

And I will probably close by saying something adorably offensive about the House GOP, and give a big shout-out to the incomparable Antonin Scalia, for making it harder for Roberts to support him on the Voting Rights Acts. Also, I will ask a young person to google the Thomas Merton Prayer, and then I will borrow his or her iPhone, and read it as a benediction. You can do that, too. It's all over the Internet. Wait: I'm sure this is totally illegal, but I'll just re-print it here, if one of you promises to represent me if I get hauled off to court:

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

- Thomas Merton, "Thoughts in Solitude"
© Abbey of Gethsemani


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Anglican Communion News Service: Archbishop's address at 'Faith in Conflict' Conference

Be sure to read this! Reconciliation can still happen.
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On Our Own Pilgrimage Together

On Our Own Pilgrimage Together | Episcopal Church | Scoop.it
Each of us is on our own pilgrimage. We are all on pilgrimage together. The people with whom I share the pilgrim road tell me their stories. I talk with a man who believes that he must do everythin...
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