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On the Way   The Rt. Rev. Audrey Scanlan
time away

Preface The “Season of Creation” is marked each year from September 1 to October 4, and is observed in many church traditions, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Roman Catholics, Methodists and many others. Prayer in the Season of Creation. Loving God, we thank you for the gift of life in all its diversity and beauty. Lord Jesus […]

what we get used to

My brother has been without power for four days now since the storm Isaias ripped through the narrow valley in Northwestern CT in which he lives, leaving a mess of downed power lines, uprooted trees and verdant debris everywhere.  My brother is a “tree guy” (fancy term: arborist)  which means that in addition to living without lights, […]

COVID accounting

16 weeks since the diocesan “shut down” 108 days at home 2 trips to Williamsport 1 trip to Hawk Run 2 Saturday afternoon drives to get out of the house 10 loaves of sourdough bread 320 miles of running in our neighborhood 132 miles of walking in our town 72.38 miles on the AT 15% […]

soil and seeds

Each morning as the sun is beginning its climb to the center of the sky, I  make my way around “the block” of our neighborhood.  Some days I walk, but  most days I do something that, for someone in their 7th decade, almost counts as running.  It’s really more of a saunter, but in the end, I am sweaty- so […]

COVID 6

A few words in the time of COVID-19 when more words won’t do. Some Days, Everything’s Hard I can’t even grow sourdough starter. The instructions are simple. I’ve followed them to a tee. Flour, water, clean jar, room temp. Cover loosely, watch it happen. But each morning, as I ‘round the corner into the kitchen, […]

interior

Easter in our house is different, now. When our children were little, the Easter Bunny would show up in the wee hours (usually after the Easter Vigil with a glass of wine in hand) and leave a trail of jelly beans for each child from the top of the stairs down to the living room […]

suspended

Holy Saturday is the one day in Holy Week in which I feel awkwardly immobile. Not at-rest immobile, or incapacitated immobile, but just… paused.. halted… in a spiritual way. There is a tradition in the Christian church that tells us that on Holy Saturday, Jesus was very busy- seeking our first ancestors, eternity’s lost sheep […]

Good Friday

Have you ever heard a tree cry- or moan?  I spent a couple of hours hiking on the Appalachian Trail near our home today and the entire time I was out there, the trees were moaning. It is Good Friday. I woke after a strange sleep.   I had stayed up late (for me), checking at […]

Maundy Thursday

You know what’s really uncomfortable?   Watching yourself on video for upwards of an hour. I’ve been committed to watching/participating in all of the offerings that our ad hoc liturgy group in the diocese put together for Holy Week, seeing what kind of experience it would offer for personal reflection and devotion, and then writing to […]

alone

Well, I’m not really alone. I spent five more hours on Zoom today. I have listened all day to the soft creaking of the floorboards over my head as my husband moves back and forth in front of his stand -up desk in his office, just above the kitchen where I have set up camp. […]

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