Vestry Candidates

Annual Meeting Update

Our Annual Meeting will take place Sunday January 13th.

10:15am is the first session and will include voting for vestry, budget presentation, finance update, and reports from Buildings and Grounds, Ministry Endowment and Funds Trust, Preservation and Endowment.

12:30pm is the second session and will include the Rector’s report, mission and ministry updates, and reports on new initiatives. Food will be served and childcare available!


Nancy Atherton - Junior Warden Candidate

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I grew up on the East Coast and started singing in the congregational church we attended when I was five. As an adult, I attended several different churches – Episcopal, back to Congregational (when I moved back to Connecticut to be closer to family as I raised my son), Presbyterian, then Episcopal again at Trinity Boston. In each case I was looking for a place where I could sing, get involved in the community, and exchange ideas freely and further explore my faith. I was pretty sure God didn’t mind where I went as long as I kept growing! 

When I decided to retire and move to Arizona to get away from the cold and be closer to my son and his family, a friend at my work put me in touch with Anne Sawyer, who suggested Saint Philip's. I’ve been here ever since! In addition to being in the choir from Day 1, the Outreach Committee lost no time putting me to work! I have also served on the Finance and Mission & Endowment Fund Trust committees, tapping into my background in finance and investments. My spiritual growth has hugely benefited from the adult education opportunities offered by Saint Philip's, including Richard Kuns’ bible study class, which have opened up new ideas and new directions to explore in my faith journey. I am looking forward to working with Fr. Robert, his extremely talented and energetic new staff, and the Vestry and Parishioners of Saint Philip's in determining where we, as a faith community, feel called to do God’s work in the world.

Nancy Atherton, Candidate for Junior Warden

Chelsea Bayley - Vestry Candidate

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I grew up in a nondenominational church in the Chicago suburbs.  While studying at Wheaton College, I attended an Anglican church.  Liturgy was new to me as a young adult and I found my heart pierced by the power of liturgy to draw me into deeper relationship with God.  When graduate school brought my husband Tim and me to Tucson, we attended a nondenominational church with friends from college.  During that time, I found myself longing for many aspects of liturgy including the weekly reading of scripture, the confession of sins, the sacrament of communion, and the power of weekly recitation of the Nicene Creed, rooting me to the core tenants of my faith.

After the birth of my oldest child, I began to think seriously about which denomination and church I wanted to raise my daughter in.  Our family began to attend Saint Philip’s four years ago.  I appreciate that Saint Philip’s is an open and loving community where all people are welcome and it is a place where I find myself continually invited to see and participate in God’s work in the world.  

I am a mother to two daughters, Eleanor (5) and Piper (3), and one son, Luca (1).  It has been a wonderful gift to see my children bloom in the Atrium classroom here at Saint Philip’s where they are learning who the Good Shepherd is!  Prior to the birth of Luca, I was a research speech pathologist at the University of Arizona.  I currently stay home with my children and am loving this brief, rich time in life.    

I am grateful to be a part of Saint Philip’s and for the multitude of ways in which God is working in my life and the life of my family through Saint Philip’s. I look forward to serving on the vestry and becoming more involved at Saint Philip’s.  ­­

–Chelsea Bayley, Candidate for Vestry

Lee Shaw, Vestry Candidate

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Hello, fellow parishioners, my name is Lee Shaw, and I would like to introduce myself. My wife, Laura, our 2-year old daughter, Olivia, and I moved from Albuquerque to Tucson in the fall of 1999 and fell in love not only with the timeless beauty in the architecture and setting of Saint Philip’s but also the beautiful diversity of people and talents that walk and grow on the grounds of this sacred space and the variety of offerings available to enrich one’s life.

My wife, Laura, and I met in New York City in 1989 and we lived and worked in NYC and Connecticut, me in architecture and Laura in marketing, until we got married in 1992 and moved to Albuquerque where we lived for seven years before moving to Tucson. We both grew up in the Dallas area where I was raised in the Methodist church and she grew up Catholic and the Episcopal church has been the perfect home for both of us. We appreciate the diversity of thoughts and ideas shared and the openness in which to share them.

Our son, Will, was baptized here in 2002 and has enjoyed being a member of the youth group along with his sister Olivia. They were both fortunate to have participated in the summer youth pilgrimage that made an impact on them then and continues to help shape their lives. I have participated in the life of Saint Philip’s as a youth leader for Rite 13 and J2A as well as the Men’s Spirituality Group and my family and I have been attending Sunday morning services since moving here and the Come and See Service since 2011.

Since moving here Saint Philip’s has become an integral part of my life personally and spiritually and has allowed me to grow in so many ways. I feel I can’t live without this church and community and I’m honored to be asked to serve on the Vestry. I look forward to having this opportunity to serve, being more engaged and able to hear the many voices that sing the song of this parish. Thank you for your consideration.

–Lee Shaw, Candidate for Vestry

Mark Woodhams, Vestry Candidate

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My wife Helene and I joined Saint Philips in 1993, after moving to Tucson from Connecticut when I took a position as publications director at the UA. Our three children, now adults and widely dispersed to Boston, the Bay Area and Switzerland (and producers of 4 grandkids), were immersed in youth activities that resonate with them to this day (even if they don’t go to church!). Helene and I meanwhile have served with a number of ministries and committees. I was on the vestry about 10 years ago and I have also found great meaning and reward from being an usher for many years, and until recently an usher leader.

Professionally, I was a working newsman early on, and I once owned a weekly paper. The bulk of my career, 30 years, has been in journalism education, running university student media programs, and I serve on the UA School of Journalism’s advisory council. As a cradle Episcopalian, I had no choice. My father was a priest and rector at two different parishes, one of those in Rome, Italy where I spent formative years. I was pretty much a rectory rat -- and the most available acolyte. Of course being an Episcopalian today has changed from those years – more outreach, diversity, inclusion, and fewer hats and suits and cradle Episcopalians. Still, I keep coming back because of the simplest and most timeless things: liturgy, hymns, sacraments that have changed little, even as the church itself – and our parish in particular-- grows more dynamic and innovative. I think we can all be psyched about Saint Philip’s future and I look forward to contributing in some measure as a vestry member. I know it is a significant responsibility and honor.
 

–Mark Woodhams, Candidate for Vestry

Mary Cutting, Vestry Candidate

I’m a cradle Episcopalian. For a long time the church of my mothers was a kind of cocoon, patiently keeping me safe and comforting me with its traditions until my now heartfelt faith woke in me in my mid-30s.

Born in the Missionary District of Eastern Oregon I’ve been a member of ten+ Episcopal congregations and known others as a strategic planning and organizational consultant.  For eighteen months I was management consultant to the Bishop and Diocese of Olympia, Washington.  As an advisor to the historic First United Methodist Church in downtown Seattle I learned we are not alone in our struggle to balance spiritual and secular priorities. At St. Mark’s Cathedral I chaired the Evangelism Task Force and at Trinity, Seattle served on Vestry and as Senior (Rector’s) Warden before and after the 2001 earthquake required us to raise $4.5 million to rebuild our sanctuary.

I’ve been a COO, HR Director and Director of Employee and Executive Development for professional service, engineering and construction firms, PBS.  I’ve managed performance, team development and strategic planning processes, created and managed budgets and have a fervent appreciation for creative responsible use of fiscal resources.  In 2014 I became a certified team and executive coach.

At Saint Philip’s I’m a Eucharistic Minister, have been an ASMP volunteer and, with Mary Herring, recently presented recommendations regarding our Children, Youth and Family programs to Fr. Robert.  I facilitated the ASMP Boards assessment and strategic planning process and was on the 2018 Vestry Nominating Committee.  

Hal and I moved to Tucson from Seattle in 2015 and joined Saint Philip’s immediately.  He’s an ex-Boeing engineer, recently retired Clinical/Psychiatric MSW, docent at Tohono Chul and an apprentice pool boy.

–Mary Cutting, Candidate for Vestry

Our Sister's Keeper Opening Reception August 5th, and Events Upcoming

Our Sister's Keeper Opening Reception August 5th

The photography exhibit "Our Sister's Keeper" by Dr. Marie Plakos will open in the Gallery at Saint Philip's on August 5th and will remain here through October 21st. There will be a number of events that brings Our Sister's Keeper into our context. 

To start, Dr. Plakos will be with us on August 5th at 12:30pm to make a presentation about her work - a delicious luncheon will be provided, and books of her work will be for sale.  This exhibit opened last year as a one woman exhibit at the Carter Presidential Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Plakos has traveled the world, including Mexico, Peru, Ghana, and India, capturing the beauty and strength of women and girls living in challenging conditions. Her photography illustrates the beauty and strength of women even though they face the many challenges of economic hardships, hunger, lack of adequate health care, and physical abuse. She feels that “human rights must exist for everyone living on this planet and for women and girls to have a better life. Our life interdependence demands this, and that is why we must be our sister’s keeper.”

This is a very crucial exhibit for the times in which we live. Please mark your calendars for viewing these compelling photographs and become informed of the worldwide challenges facing women today. Further details on exhibit hours and supporting events will be published shortly. For more information on Dr. Plakos and her photography, visit her website at http://www.oursisterskeeper.org. Her presentation and photographs at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, can be seen here.

Dr. Plakos’s photography illustrates the beauty and strength of women even though they face the many challenges of economic hardships, hunger, lack of adequate health care, and physical abuse. She feels that “human rights must exist for everyone living on this planet and for women and girls to have a better life. Our life interdependence demands this, and that is why we must be our sister’s keeper.”

Saint Philip’s will hold events in conjunction with the Exhibit:

JustArt: Our Sister’s Keeper, Mosaic Dinners

Our Sister’s Keeper dives into issues of poverty, dignity and gender justice. These conversations will help us to do delve more deeply into this as well. Mosaic Dinners August 15th, 22nd, and 29th will focus on the issues that Our Sister’s Keeper art show brings to the fore. Following Evening Prayer in the side chapel (5:30pm-6:00pm), and getting dinner served up (6:00pm-6:30pm), there will be presentations and discussions from 6:30pm-7:45pm each of those evenings in the Gallery.

On August 15th, a group of female artists from Saint Philip’s will share with us about their artistic journeys and how their life as women and people of faith mutually inform that journey. On August 22nd, Liane Hernandez, Community Outreach and Education Director, from the Tucson YWCA will present about the projects that she and her organization are working on that lift up the voices of underrepresented groups and equip women for leadership. On August 29th, a representative from Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse will make a presentation on domestic abuse and the local resources.

We affirm the God-given dignity of every person and pray that in our community we can have honest and hopeful conversations about issues affecting women, and look for ways God calls us to participate in the support of all God’s people.

Women's Bible Study Sunday Nights in August

Mtr. Taylor and Mtr. Kelli will be leading a women's Bible study on the book of Ruth in August. We will meet in La Paz from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Sundays. You do not need to purchase any materials for this study - just bring a Bible, if you have one, and invite a friend!

Suffer the Children: A Pastoral Letter from the Rector

Suffer the Children: A Pastoral Letter from the Rector

As many of you know there are two ways by which I am familiar with the pain of family separation.  First, my mother died when I was quite young after divorce and a long illness.  Second, and more recently, Karrie and I adopted boys from difficult circumstances.  Each day we navigate the land mines that the trauma of separation creates even as we forge new bonds of connection and attachment.

These experiences inform my perception of what is happening at the border now.  We can debate immigration policy, border controls, and more from a variety of points of view.  I’m afraid, however, that the pulling away of innocent children, brought without their input, consent, nor complicity is a moral evil that is not debatable.  

Daily Bread 5.3.18

Dear Reader,
 
“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Galatians 6:14a

In some old calendars, today is the Feast of the Finding of the Holy Cross.  “But,” you might be saying to yourself, “isn’t Holy Cross Day in September?  Why talk about a feast that isn’t on the calendar anymore?”  What great questions!
 
The Finding of the Cross commemorates the day that Empress Helena discovered relics of the True Cross while excavating Golgotha for a site on which to build a church (the dedication of which forms the basis of the celebration of Holy Cross Day in September).  What’s great about today’s feast is that it teaches us something that could be easy to miss: Helena didn’t expect or intend to find the Cross.  It was in the midst of other business, the various projects to which she was devoted, that the Cross was discovered.  Or perhaps it would be better to say: it was in the midst of Helena’s day-to-day life that the unexpected grace of the Cross surprised and discovered Helena. 
 
I think it’s the same with us.  So often, we can go through life blind to the Mystery of Love that is in fact the very foundation of our lives.  We’re just not looking for it or expecting it.  But the Mystery has a way of grabbing our attention; the astounding Mercy of God has a way of surprising us and drawing us further into relationship with each other and with the Source of Mercy itself.  Especially in our troubled age, whenever we see or hear of another human being suffering injustice or bondage or oppression, we experience the Cross seizing our attention, drawing us deeper into the Heart of Love, and calling us to respond with the Love of Jesus Christ who, on the Cross, overcame the world and every system of injustice, bondage and oppression on which the world runs or by which it profits (John 16:33).  God forbid we should glory in anything else save the fierce Love of God revealed to us in the Cross!
 
The Finding of the Holy Cross celebrates what it means to be found, what it means to be surprised by Love and told that Love expects us…and calls us to show up. 
 
Under the Mercy,
Fr. Mark+

Daily Bread 4.29.18

Dear Friends,

This past Thursday I asked Fr Mark to read a letter from me at the After School Music Program closing event as our family was away for a long-planned event.  As many of you will know we are taking a pause for the coming year to work on a more sustainable way to continue our commitment to serve children through the gifts of music and beauty.

Though the letter was primarily addressed to the children of the program it is true for so many of us at so many stages of our lives.  I hope it proves a piece of encouragement for you as you begin a new week in your Christian discipleship.

”There are so many people we could thank for being part of ASMP. From its founders, to its directors, to its many, many amazing volunteers. We could thank donors, drivers, musicians, and tutors. I want to direct my note, tonight, to the children of the program who are its heart and reason for being.

Each of you will stumble at times. Each of you will be told no for some reason or another. You will be told that you don’t have the gifts, the personality, the skill, or the background to do something you dream of doing or being. You will be told no because most adults are not very bright. Too many adults fall into the most depressing form of poverty we can know - a poverty of possibility - and it dims their brightness.

Children are given God’s gift of a sense that anything is possible. When you fail at something you’re dreaming about then the first “no” will come. The first discouraging words will come and they will hurt. Then you will have a choice. Will you follow the voice of Holy possibility or will you let no be the last word?

Never let no be the last word.

An inventor known for his many failures long before his successes, Thomas Edison, was even told that he was “too stupid to learn anything“ by one of his teachers early on in life. Yet everyone knows the name of the man responsible for inventing the lightbulb — even if it took him 1,001 attempts to get it right. 

Walt Disney, who gave us Mickey Mouse and Disney World was fired from the Kansas City Star newspaper because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

Harland Sanders - better known as Colonel Sanders who gave us Kentucky Fried Chicken had to fight the good fight to get his secret recipe into the restaurant world. He was rejected a whopping 1,009 times before he finally got that fried chicken to taste just right. 

Before the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, hit it big, he was told by the Grand Ole Opry manager in Nashville that he would be better off going back to his job as a truck driver than pursuing a career in music.

Before J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter, she was a broke, divorced single mother struggling to get by on welfare. In a matter of five years, the series took off, leading her to become the first billionaire author.

Each of these people never let no be the last word.

Each of these stories could be any one of yours - each of you are full of all the possibility that God can give. Each of you are full of all the beauty that God can give. Each of you are full of the potential to change the world.  

Always be ready to say yes to the voices urging you to try, to believe, and to hope. Never let no be the last word. God bless each of you. Thank you for being part of this program and thank you for being the wild, wonderful blessings that you are and always will be.”

Yours in Christ,

Fr Robert

Daily Bread 4.25.18

"Recently, I have been reading some of the early church fathers on the subject of prayer. Their thoughts are so poignant that I wanted to share their comments on this morning's apportioned psalm (119:49-72). In this text, the psalmist exclaims:

At midnight I rise to praise thee,

because of thy righteous ordinances.

(v. 62)

Expounding on this verse, Saint John Chrysostom (347-407 AD) taught that Christians should strive to pray throughout the day, but especially, they should pray at night. At night our minds are at rest, distractions fall away, and we find space in which to make our requests to the ‘physician of souls’. Even King David, beset as he was with the worries and cares of the crown could say, ‘At midnight I rise to praise you for the rulings of your justice’. This kind of prayer arms a Christian with an ‘invisible weaponry’, and ‘ally from on high’ which served David in his military victories, but which may equally serve us for our own battles against ‘the cohorts of the demons’.

Saint Isaac of Nineveh (640-700 AD) claimed that prayer offered at night ‘possesses great power’, since it requires struggle with our physical limitations. Thus, the psalmist says ‘I toiled in my groaning; every night I will wash my bed, with tears will I water my couch’ (Psalm 6:6). ‘And for every entreaty for which they urgently besought God,’ says Isaac, ‘they armed themselves with the prayer of night vigil, and at once they received their request.’

May we be spurred on to raise our hearts to God at night!

Blessings on your day,

Justin Appel (Director of Music)

Community, Depression, Gloom, and Truth

Dear Friends,

Over the past several months, in particular, and over the course of my ministry more generally I have been thinking about the challenges and the shape of community.  In these times when people across the nation seem so polarized and demoralized I have been trying to figure out what the place of the Church is in the midst of all of this.  Two things come to mind.  First, the Church can be an agent of deep dialogue.  Second, the Church can offer a way of seeing oneself and the world that is rooted in an infinite love rather than finite differences.

Both of these are necessary for any real compassion to take root - and compassion is a necessity for the flourishing of a community.  Compassion is, literally, sharing in suffering - it is the ability to dwell amidst the heartaches and heartbreaks that come with living life.  We speak of the Passion of Christ (the Suffering of Christ) and "Compassion" is, essentially, the patient act of vigil at the foot of the cross.  Each person will find themselves carrying crosses known and unknown because of things done or left undone.  At the heart of all of this is the patient work of the Church - hearing and sharing the reminders of infinite love.

Two articles have just come out that seem to point toward the deep need for communities of compassion to emerge and shape our local and national conversations about who we are and how we live.  

The first piece is from CityLab and is entitled, "The Unhappy States of America".  It begins, "America these days is not a happy place. Even though the economy is up, polarization is at an all-time high, and a feeling of malaise, or worse, grips the nation." It is an important article that highlights the shattering of our shared sense of story and self and points toward the ways our fracturing and splintering are playing out at the psychological level across the nation.  It was helpful to me in trying to understand the stresses and strains on our common civic life.

The second is related but very different. It is a blog post entitled, "Tether Yourself: The Enlightening Talk Parents Aren’t Having Can Keep Teens from a Damaging Drift". It is about the relationship between suicidal behavior in young people and its correlation with technology use.  It is less about that though than it is really about how we define ourselves and how we connect with what is real, true, and beautiful in our lives - or as Saint Paul might say, "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable."

That blog post contains a lovely letter from a mother to her daughter after two of the daughter's former playmates, as teenagers, began to self-harm.  It reads, in part, "Awareness … you see, awareness changes everything. Awareness is your weapon against the hidden influences and damaging behaviors. While you are online, your mind, your thoughts, your core values are drifting to wherever tech companies want you to go. The remedy is to limit the time you spend drifting in the online world and tether yourself to real life." 

I am reminded of Neil Postman's book title, "Amusing Ourselves to Death."

Here is where both articles come together for me - what is true?  What is true about our citizenship?  What is true about us?  What is true about the people around us?  What is true about people with whom we disagree?

We are in a post-truth, post-fact environment that is being manipulated for the ends of corporations, people, and forces that absolutely and definitely do not have our full flourishing as a goal.  In fact the goal is quite the opposite - in the rush to sell everything to everyone we have commodified not simply the tools of self-expression (clothes, make-up, gym memberships, &c) but our very self.  So we become easier and easier to manipulate because we are losing the sense of who we are as individuals and as a nation.  We don't know what is true anymore - about us or about the world around us.  We have lost our "awareness."

This lack of knowledge leads to one inevitable place - fear.  If truth is power then we are all in a remarkably powerless place where the only rational response seems to be self-harm for some and blind rage for others.  

We are in a moment when the Church's role in proclaiming boldly the Good News is needed - and needed desperately.  We are in need of communities that are intentionally committed to truth, dialogue, and engagement across the differences that seem so important one moment and vanish when people commit to go deeper together.  

Most importantly the world needs to hear from one heart to the next that God is Love.  That Love is not a Hallmark card type of love but one that takes the shape of the Cross, bursts from tombs, and shatters the illusions of empires showing us the way, the truth, and the life.  I think we are in a monastic moment right now - a moment when small communities of intentional practice will feel more and more like lights shining in the gloom and shadows of an empire of distraction.  

May we have no fear but that of wandering from God's love.  May we never lack the courage to follow a wounded savior in the way of compassion.  May we always fix our hearts on the truth of God's love for each one of us - which demands compassion that begins with knowing ourselves as lovingly made and loving others as the same.  May we be tethered together in God's love and committed to an awareness that seeks whatever is true, whatever is beautiful, and even whatever is heartbreakingly real together.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Robert

Jerusalem, Jerusalem

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow morning I leave for Jerusalem with Bishop Smith and a cadre of fellow pilgrims from Arizona and the Diocese of Olympia.  I will use part of the time to work on details for the parish pilgrimage in 2019 that Fr Kitagawa and I are working on with Fr Peter.  I will be back with you all on Sunday February 4th.  In the meantime, as always, I have complete confidence in Fr Peter to handle any needs that may arise.  

This coming Sunday you will see our excellent lay leadership present our budget, stewardship results, and more.  I am exceedingly grateful for the work of Herb Burton, Bonnie Winn, Beth Brouillette, Lois Britton, Warren Edminster, Sally Larsen, John Bremond, Sunny Bal, Mary Paul, and so many more who give so generously of their time and wisdom to shepherd and sustain our common life and plan for our future.  We will elect our slate of new vestry candidates who are simply outstanding and we will mark another year in the eighty we have now served Christ at River and Campbell.

I make this pilgrimage full of hope and eager for the coming years together.

A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a time for re-connection with the roots of our faith - a time of walking in the steps of Christ so that we might re-center our life's walk and be re-directed toward the heavenly city.  It feels like a perfect time to me to making this pilgrimage because I sense that our parish is also just on the cusp of a journey deeper into the joyful hope that God has for us.  I don't know exactly what that looks like nor even what it means but I am awake with an eager longing to see it all.

Standing within the gates of Jerusalem is an experience that is unlike just about any other because the immediacy of our faith is brought home.  Walking the cramped streets and getting lost amidst the crowds and straining to get a glimpse of a holy site or sight that some seem enraptured by while others just shove just to get by are all the kinds of spiritual experiences we will all have in our daily journeys.  We will feel lost amidst the crowd.  We will strain for a glimpse while feeling pushed in one direction and jostled in another by life.  We will see something that holds our eye and mind and heart while others will see nothing at all.

On this pilgrimage I will pray for us often.  I will pray for the new widow.  I will pray for the back surgery.  I will pray for the couple struggling to stay together and the couple struggling to grow their family.  I will pray for the husband working too many jobs and the wife trying to find one.  I will pray for someone considering ordination and for those making the decision to retire after this life's work is done.  I will pray for the departed of recent days and long years.  I will pray for the veteran who slept in our columbarium and for the mother and child embarrassed to ask for food. 

I will pray for many of your individual needs and concerns and I will pray for our common life.  I will pray for those who worked, prayed, and gave that we might have this place and life together in Christ.  I will pray for us to have the will to be ancestors as faithful as they were.

I hope that you will pray for me as well.  This is what a pilgrimage is at its heart - the intentional re-entry into the story of grace.  It is a journey back to the heart of prayer.  It is an embodied prayer of longing to enter into the Savior's story and to dive deeper into the heart of it all.  It is a reawakening to the source and summit of our faith.

We have spent the Christmas season celebrating the inbreaking of God into a manger and celebrating the very real birth of God With Us. If that scene teaches anything then it teaches that God embraces us even in the midst of our very human realities – because of those very human realities. God seems to speak less in the grand than in the simple, the essential, and the human – for that is what we might understand.  Walking the streets of Jerusalem brings home this reality and reminds us of what it means that the Word was made flesh to walk the crowded, pressured, hustling streets with us.

Our prayers are always answered.  This is a true thing and worthy of all to be remembered. They may not be answered in the way we understand, the way we long, or the way we expect.  I will pray for you all on this pilgrimage and I hope you will for me.  May our prayers be answered and may our journeys, pilgrimages, and wanderings always find us nearer together in heart and hope to Christ's own than we can ask or imagine.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Robert