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April 2, 2020 | by Chris Tumilty

The world has changed since COVID-19 has become a household word. State-wide stay-at-home orders have resulted in most of our gatherings and worship services being canceled, postponed or moved to unfamiliar formats. While following the social distancing guidelines to protect the vulnerable has been a sacrifice that we have been willing to make, the decision to do […]

March 27, 2020 | by Susan Brown Snook

[Feast of the Annunciation 3.25.2020] This is the Annunciation Icon at Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale. The iconographer is Laura Fisher Smith, and as the vicar of Nativity, I worked with her to commission this remarkable icon. I hoped for a depiction of Mary that would show her not as the Queen of Heaven, […]

March 27, 2020 | by Greg Tuttle

We need multiple participants during worship. We rely on lectors, intercessors, preachers, celebrants, and many more for a Sunday service to go ‘just right.’  During our current season of prevention, many of us are streaming services, some even twice a day, and our congregations have grown into global communities using Facebook Live, YouTube, Instagram Live, […]

March 20, 2020 | by Christian Gillette

  In times of stress and trial, it is tempting to allow our instinct for survival to kick in. Do I have enough food? Do I have enough supplies? Will I have enough resources to last until…?   Of course, our instinct to survive is a natural response and can be helpful in times like […]

March 20, 2020 | by Susan Brown Snook

  My friends in the Diocese of San Diego, These are frightening times. The State of California is now under a mandatory stay-at-home order from the governor. With the exception of going out for necessities – groceries, banks, health care, gas stations, laundromat – everyone is ordered to stay at home to prevent the spread […]

March 13, 2020 | by Chris Tumilty

As part of the Jesus Movement and the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, we pledge to love our neighbors and protect the most vulnerable among us, remembering our baptismal vows to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” We live these pledges out by actively engaging […]

March 13, 2020 | by Susan Brown Snook

My Friends in the Diocese of San Diego, As you know, we are facing an unprecedented health crisis in our world because of the new coronavirus. In Italy and other countries, the health care system is overwhelmed and people are dying from lack of available resources. Sadly, the virus is here in the United States […]

March 12, 2020 | by Maya Little-Saña

We can only testify to what we have seen. In the Pray-Ground at St. Paul’s Cathedral, I have seen curiosity on children’s faces as the Gospel party processes to the center of the Nave. I have seen kids show others, quite matter-of-factly, how the table is set at the Eucharist. I have seen the most […]

March 10, 2020 | by Susan Brown Snook

As the concern about the COVID-19 outbreak spreads, and as we begin to suspect that there are many more cases in our communities than are yet known, I would like our churches to update their preparations for this disease. Although, for most people, the illness poses a low risk, for the elderly, vulnerable, and immunocompromised […]

March 10, 2020 | by Chris Tumilty

The coronavirus is keeping people at home. Anxiety about the unknown, novel virus is preventing some people from gathering in groups. Last week, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego offered suggested common practices (https://edsd.org/health-and-wellness-coronavirus/) for many congregations, including offering services to help folks stay connected to their church communities. This week, the EDSD Communications Department […]