Do you remember your first few weeks at a new job? I have had a variety of odd jobs before becoming a priest, but these days first days come years apart.  As Shana begins her first few weeks as our new Family Missioner, I have a request for you, our members: **let her know what you…

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This Saturday at 10 a.m. at Saint Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Tempe, Arizona, the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Reddall will ordain the Rev. Tanya Watt to the sacred order of priest in the church. Tanya is Tim’s wife and so connected to Christ Church in a direct way.  I was ordained in 2003 at All Saints,…

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There comes a point where you choose. Either you will be on God’s side or not. To be on God’s side is to be on the side of life, love, and wholeness, to seek to make the world a better place.  For years there was a Child Protective Services person who was my go-to contact…

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Back around the year 1200 or so the nation-state was not an assumed idea. There were kingdoms and city-states in Europe, but for the most part there were not nations as we think of them now self-organized and self-governing institutions defined primarily by land. The church, pre-reformation, was universal and existed across Europe, northern Africa,…

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