May 23

A Missionary Bishop

Ruth BeresfordMission

I touched his moccasin. Well, not really - I touched the small stone moccasin of a statue of the first missionary bishop, Jackson Kemper (commemorated today in our calendar of saints). As a child, I passed that statue every time I came in the side entrance of the nave, and I'd rub his toe and...read more

May 16

The Ministry of the Child

Ruth BeresfordFaith

Each week small clusters of children have gathered in our Education Wing on Sunday to hear the cycle of sacred stories, sharing our faith. Adults become ministers to children, trained to lead Godly Play circles - our spiritual formation rooted in a Montessori theory of education. We believe that...read more

May 09

Begotten, Not Made

Ann UrinoskiFaith

Do these words sound familiar? We say them every time we say the Nicene Creed, and we declare a statement of our faith every time we worship together, whether it's the Nicene Creed, the Apostles' Creed, or our Baptismal Covenant. These words articulate our faith in God, and their source has far...read more

May 02

Twenty-eight Years

Ruth BeresfordMinistry

Today, my post is personal. On May 1, the feast of Saints Philip and James, I celebrated the 28th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. Some days it hardly seems possible I have served the Church that long. On other days it feels like I've been a priest my whole life. Well now...read more

Apr 18

Heaven Day on Earth Day

Ruth BeresfordMission

This Sunday will be Earth Day. As the beauty of Spring slowly unfolds, I give thanks to God for the creation and recall the fifth of the Five Marks of Mission. These five statements were developed for the Anglican Communion (of which our church is a member) to clarify the mission of the...read more

Apr 11

Being Church

Ruth BeresfordMission

While on holiday, I visit churches. My husband, David, and I worshiped with the congregation that sponsored him for ordination, a beautiful church in Brighton, England. Its beauty was not only in the architecture but also in the people we made communion with - people of all ages and stages of...read more

Apr 04

Keep the Easter Feast

Ruth BeresfordEaster

Jerome Berryman was an Episcopal priest who developed the Montessori-based worship and formation called Godly Play. Our Minister for Children and Youth, Lynne Jensen, was an early practitioner and then a trainer in this deeply spiritual method of sharing faith in Jesus with our youngest...read more

Mar 28

Renewal of Love

Ruth BeresfordHoly Week

We are standing on the threshold of the great three days, the most holy time in the year. On Tuesday, I had the privilege of attending the service for the renewal of my ordination vows and of the baptismal covenant, the promises we all make when we enter the Christian way of life. If you recall...read more

Mar 21

Were You There?

Ruth BeresfordFaith

As a child, I loved Holy Week for its worship. Each service told part of the story of Jesus. My favorite service was Tenebrae, when the story of the crucifixion was told in scripture and song as the church got darker and darker. Singing in the girls’ choir, the last song was...read more

Mar 07

A Hospitality Mindset

Ruth BeresfordMission

We have talented members who use their gifts and skills to shape the world around us according to the wisdom and will of God and with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Kendall Massett is such a Christian. For five years she has been the Executive Director of the Delaware Charter Schools...read more