"Compassion for Refugees" combines a brief contemporary ballet with an invitation to activities and conversation about the plight of Syrian refugees. The ballet Roar of Nations portrays the pain and struggle of leaving a war-torn country. The activities will help us un-pack the experience. Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet is bringing this event to our Parish Hall during Coffee Hour following the 10 a.m. service, this Sunday, March 5.
A word of gratitude to Shrove Tuesday Supper helpers including Dennis Burke, Katherine Frydenborg, Sheward Hagerty, Lisa Ste.Marie, and other helpful folks. Thanks to them the pancakes were terrific! The palm conflagration was perhaps a bit more exciting than planned, but left us ready for Ash Wednesday and to make a good beginning to Lent.
If it is Lent, it must be time for our Lenten Soup Suppers, and paired Rectory Forums. Andrew Doss will lead reading and conversation about a book from Episcopal author Madeleine L'Engle's famous "Time Quintet.". Andrew writes: A Wind in the Door follows her most famous A Wrinkle in Time. ... as it follows a group of children to save the galaxy from the forces of hate and restore harmony to the rhythm of creation." He'll share how this work of juvenile fiction "exemplifies" a major study of his.
The Lenten Rectory Forum begins this Sunday following the 8 a.m. service; coffee and tea will be at the ready. The Lenten Soup Supper series begins this Tuesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. in the rectory dining room. If you have a copy of A Wind in the Door be sure and bring it with you.
Although they don't claim the headlines, ministries of reconciliation and restoration are happening in Israel and Palestine. A ministry network within the Episcopal Church in Connecticut committed to "Our Holy Land" has organized weekly video introductions to these ministries. These week's is from our own Bishop Ian Douglas about his sabbatical experience in Israel and Palestine. You can watch it here.
Lent Madness -- the tongue-in-cheek takeoff on March Madness playoffs -- has also begun. So far we have learned about Saints Alban and Stephen, Aelred and Bishop Henry Beard Delany. Aelred's writing on friendship, and all that Bishop Delany endured and overcame made choosing between them particularly difficult. Which is what makes Lent Madness such, well, madness. Copies of the "Definitive Guide" are still available for $2 each. To participate on- line go to www.lentmadness.org.
In faith and hope,
We feature various authors from around our parish, commenting on topics of interest to our community. Enjoy! Comment if you are so moved!