Pardon Our Dust

We’re gradually importing posts from our old website. Roughly ⅓ of the blog is here so far.

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Friday, July 27, 2018
Bearing Much Fruit: Women in Ordained Christian Leadership

This is an essay Stacy wrote to be included in the appendix of the Da Vinci Code-like thriller, Deborah’s Number: A Bank Heist Mitzvah, by Ezra Barany, along with other essays about women in Islam and Judaism.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: Statement in support of the advocacy of the people of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation

A word from our Presiding  Bishop about the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation:

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Saturday, June 20, 2015
Sermon for the Ordination of Nadia Stefko to the Diaconate

Sermon for the Ordination of Nadia Stefko to the Diaconate
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, IL
The Rev. Stacy Alan

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Sunday, October 7, 2012
Sermon by Jay Stanton: "Constructing and Dismantling the Binary of Curse and Blessing"

This sermon was preached by friend of the House, Jay Stanton, at KAM Isaiah here in Hyde Park:

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Sermon on the Woman at the Well - 3-27-11

I can still remember the day I met him. I had gotten up at dawn to prepare breakfast for Adaiah and poured the last of the water into his waterskin just before he left. As the day warmed, my throat felt dryer and I longed for even the stagnant taste of the well’s water. But I didn’t dare go yet. In the early morning the well was sure to be surrounded by the women of the village, the respectable ones, the ones whose husbands were still alive, the ones with husbands who chose to stay, the ones with sons and fathers to protect them. So, I worked, waiting for the sun to rise to its highest point. Then it would be safe.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Bishop Lee's Pilgrimage to Palestine of Jesus

Bishop Lee is planning a spiritual pilgrimage to explore the Palestine of Jesus from July 26 through August 8. The pilgrimage will start at the Walled City and travel to important landmarks, such as the Dome of the Rock and the Dead Sea. Young people are encouraged to apply. For more information regarding costs, itinerary and travel, please contact Elizabeth Nelson at or 312-751-4215.

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Monday, April 12, 2010
Good Friday Sermon by Laura Eberly

Taize chant: Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010
Gillian Chisom's Transfiguration Sermon

Both the Hebrew Bible and Gospel readings for today feature a transformation—Moses’ face shines because he’s had contact with God, while Jesus’ divine nature is revealed to Peter, James, and John. Both readings, furthermore, focus our attention not just on the transformation itself but in the surrounding community’s reactions to the transformation. In the Hebrew Bible reading, the people’s reaction seems relatively straightforward: they’re afraid of Moses, and so he covers his face, presumably out of sensitivity to their reaction—I’ll come back to that later. For now, I want to focus on the disciples’ reaction to Jesus’ transformation. When I first read the passage, it seemed strange to me that they weren’t more afraid; to me, the situation sounds terrifying. Not only does Jesus, their friend and teacher, suddenly change into someone else, someone totally Other, but he’s speaking with two equally frightening dead guys. Given all of this, it seems strange and astonishing to me that the disciples appear to take the situation in stride.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Why We Serve: A Vocational Retreat for Young Adults of Color

WHAT is God calling you to do in your life? How are you being called to minister? Who are you being called to be? Come dive into these and other questions with young adults of color from across the Episcopal Church at a weekend retreat as we explore the many ways we are called to minister.

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