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St. Barnabas Church: The Episcopal Parish of Mason County

St. Barnabas Church:  The Episcopal Parish of Mason County Serving ~ Sharing ~ Loving ~ Caring The little church snuggled near the banks of the Illinois River has embarked on a great new adventure the past few months.  With the appointment and arrival of their new priest-in-charge after a vacancy of nearly two years, the [...]

St. Luke’s Camp Reunion

St. Luke’s hosted a camp reunion on October 21. Around 16 campers or former campers/counselors got together to share God’s love through singing, eating together, playing games, and prayer. It was a great reminder that even though we are apart throughout the year, we still support each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Developing a Hermeneutic of Ecumenism

The eight-day period each January between the feasts of the Confession of St Peter (the 18th) and the Conversion of St Paul (the 25th) has been observed across various Christian traditions for more than a century as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. If you're readings this after January 25--no worries, ecumenism is important [...]

As I sit down to write this at the end of August, two massive societal earthquakes continue to dominate the news cycle: the deadly demonstration and counter-demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia that unmasked a shocking vein of white supremacy in our country, and the once-in-a-millennium rainfall, produced by Hurricane Harvey, that has wreaked havoc on the [...]

Tabora Trip 2017

A verbal report from Bishop Martins from July 4th 2017: "Celebrating 4 July outside the United States means no fireworks, no parades, and no displays of Old Glory. But we had a great day anyway. We piled into Bishops Elias' SUV and took a hour's drive northeast to the village of Ndaba. St Matthew's, Bloomington [...]

Tabora Trip Updates

A verbal report from Bishop Martins from yesterday (7/4): "Celebrating 4 July outside the United States means no fireworks, no parades, and no displays of Old Glory. But we had a great day anyway. We piled into Bishops Elias' SUV and took a hour's drive northeast to the village of Ndaba. St Matthew's, Bloomington had [...]

Meet Our New Communications Coordinator

This is Paige Daugherty. She's the new Communications Coordinator for the Diocese of Springfield. Paige is a native of Springfield and a graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School. In 2016, she received her bachelor's degree in communication from Illinois State University, so she's excited to have her first job in her chosen field. We've never [...]

Ite, Missa Est!

"Ite, missa est!" That's Latin for, "Go, you are dismissed." For hundreds and hundreds of years, in the Latin rite, this is how the Deacon tells the people that their liturgy--their solemn duty and joyful privilege--has been successfully performed, and they are free to go. Indeed, they are not just free to go, they need [...]

An Advent Meditation on the General Thanksgiving

... or, one part thereof, at any rate. This is a refined-for-written-form version of three meditations I delivered a year ago at an Advent quiet day given at St Stephen's Church in Providence, Rhode Island.    The Redemption of the World Although I am firmly committed to the Prayer Book norm that the Holy Eucharist [...]

Speaking Our Own Language

During my recent sabbatical, I spent eight weeks abroad--about two-thirds of it in Spain, with 12 days in Italy, and a couple of brief peeks into France. My Spanish got fairly decent for most practical purposes, which helped me a great deal with Italian. French will always be a bar too high for me; I [...]