Blessed are the Peacemakers (Part 2)

Contributed by Dr. Trish Hall, Center for Spiritual Living, Metro The International Day of UN Peacekeepers is May 29.  In this two-part series, Dr. Trish Hall explores the concepts of peacekeeping and peacemaking, and the importance of “being peace” in our world. In the days following the Hamas attack on Israel on 7 October 2023, […]

Blessed are the Peacemakers (Part 1)

Contributed by Dr. Trish Hall, Center for Spiritual Living, Metro The International Day of UN Peacekeepers is May 29.  In this two-part series, Dr. Trish Hall explores the concepts of peacekeeping and peacemaking, and the importance of “being peace” in our world. Do you have the courage to live your values even when confronted by […]

Another Daily Lift – “No such thing as ‘all by myself’”

Contributed by:   Susan Posey, Redeemer Lutheran, McLean Many people set aside time in their day for prayer, reflection, or meditation, and there are so many wonderful resources for this type of daily grounding.  One such resource is the Daily Lift, a daily audio reflection provided on-line by the Christian Science Church. This week, I was […]

Patience

Contributed by Stephen Wickman, St. Thomas Episcopal, McLean I’ve just been introduced to al-Ghazali, a perceptive medieval Islamic scholar, who among other things looks at the old adage that patience is a virtue. His exploration of the subject is featured in an on-line article authored by Northeastern Professor Liz Bucar on the website The Conversation.  It […]

An Earth Day Theme:  “Inextricability”

Contributed by:  Dr Trish Hall, Center for Spiritual Living, Metro Photo:  SEWA International Volunteers Working in McLean Hamlet Park on April 6 Isn’t “inextricability” (incapable of being disentangled), a great word?  Simply, we cannot get away from one another.  The effects any of us have on the environment – on everyone and everything – affect […]

Lenten Talk:  Mary’s Pain

Contributed by Stephen Wickman, St. Thomas Episcopal, McLean Sometimes, when I have trouble sleeping, I listen to the BBC.  A recent segment entitled Mary’s Pain, a Lenten Talk offered by Dr. Selina Stone, touched me deeply. Dr. Stone uses the period of Lent to come to terms with grief and loss she experienced in the […]

Faith Lived Out

Contributed by Stephen Wickman, St. Thomas Episcopal, McLean “The mind is involved in religion, but in more subtle ways. Christian traditions have many objects, rituals, and gorgeous buildings that create a spiritual atmosphere that helps the heart along. Judaism is perhaps the most embodied religion of all, requiring hundreds of specified obligations and actions governing […]

Ramadan Prayers

Contributed by Stephen Wickman, St. Thomas Episcopal I received this beautiful message from NPR highlighting their listeners prayers this Ramadan, which begins today or tomorrow, depending on the sighting of the new moon in Saudi Arabia. https://www.npr.org/2024/03/10/1237049818/ramadan-prayers-2024-eid-muslims-peace-gaza-empathy.  This is a powerful reminder to non-Muslims everywhere of the humanity and spiritual depth of Islam as practiced […]

Spring 2024:  A Time of Sacred Observation for Many Faith Traditions; A Time for Needed Prayer

Contributed by Vicki Nelson, Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church; Susan Posey, Redeemer Lutheran, McLean Spring 2024 is marked by religious observations for people of many different faith traditions.  We are a nation founded on the principle of religious freedom and we celebrate that the First Amendment to the US Constitution ensures that everyone has the […]

Pints with Doubting Thomas

Contributed by Stephen Wickman, St. Thomas Episcopal, McLean One reason I belong to St. Thomas Episcopal Church is because our patron saint – known popularly as “Doubting Thomas” – reflects the broad theology of the Anglican Communion, particularly its American counterpart. Our conceit is that we uniquely straddle reformed and non-reformed Christian traditions, which is […]

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