• Grace Notes 3/10/2016: Welcome to the theater of the absurd

    Years ago when I did a lot of conference and retreat speaking, I was invited to speak at the annual Episcopal women’s diocesan meeting at the cathedral in downtown Orlando.

    A local Episcopalian woman who had suggested my name offered to take care of all the details for me. All I had to do was show up, which is what I do best.

  • For those who helped

    Monika Scislowska

    Associated Press

    MARKOWA, Poland — Jews and Catholics offered prayers Thursday at the graves of Jews hunted by the Nazis and a Polish family killed for trying to save them, a solemn prelude to the opening of a museum honoring Poles who died for offering refuge.

  • Grace Notes 3/12/2016: 'Honey, let's chat about pride'

    Years ago, I attended a seminar at my church where the speaker, a pastor from a church in San Francisco — quite possibly the coolest city on Earth — talked about the “counterintuitive way of doing church.”

    He challenged us to make church a place where those outside the faith could feel welcome as they worked out their process.

  • Orders from above

    Nicole Winfield

    Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis imposed new financial accountability regulations on the Vatican’s multimillion-dollar saint-making machine Thursday after uncovering gross abuses that were subsequently revealed in two books.

  • A time of healing

    On March 12, Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church will host a healing ministry mission for those in the community who face post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    The healing mission titled “Focus on Inner Healing” is led by the Rev. Nigel Mumford, an international speaker, author and founder of By His Wounds Inc., which focuses on Christian healing.

  • Grace Notes 3/5/2016: Waiting and getting more

    Once upon a time I had $3 pants.

    Dark, forest-y green rayon pinstriped dress slacks, with teeny flecks of black in the fabric. Regularly $45 marked down to $14.29 with an additional 30 percent off, then another 70 percent off — $3 pants!

    I was so excited about my purchase that when I got them home I immediately put them in a place of honor in my closet and sat on my bed to admire my precious find.

  • Grace Notes 2/27/2016: Who is worthy enough?

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about a local pastor, Larry Silverman, of New Covenant Grace Fellowship.

    Shortly after that I was dusting my bookcase and found a book Larry wrote, “The River is Here.”

    The river in the title is taken from something Jesus said: “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart’” (John 7:38, New Living Translation).

  • No Muslims allowed?

    Sean Murphy

    Associated Press

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A U.S. Army reservist from Tulsa asked to leave a gun range in eastern Oklahoma after identifying himself as a  Muslim sued the owners Wednesday, the latest in a   series of cases across the  nation alleging anti-Islamic discrimination.

  • Grace Notes 2/20/2016: Be winsome to win some

    Ask a group of restaurant servers which is their least favorite shift to work and their number-one answer will be Sunday after church.

    It seems we churchgoers are a cranky bunch when we’re hungry, and that’s putting it politely.

    Their consensus of us is that we’re demanding and rude. We sit in large groups and stay longer than we should, discussing the morning’s sermon (or latest church gossip), commenting on the heathens at the nearby table drinking Bloody Marys.

  • Pope, Russian Patriarch to meet in Cuba

    HAVANA — Pope Francis landed in Cuba on Friday for the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism within Christianity.