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Community: Having the Right Intention

Community: Having the Right Intention

In this continued conversation, I want to discuss having the right intention when undertaking the work of building up the Body of Christ and over-romanticizing community life. The two are closely related, and when our intentions are misplaced, we can be on dangerous building ground. Humans are unique in our ability to dream, as we do. We do not merely […]

Community: The Gift of Witness

Community: The Gift of Witness

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…” Hebrews 12:1-2 Recently, I shared some thoughts on what it means to live in […]

3 Exhausted Writers

3 Exhausted Writers

Yes, that’s Steve from Be the Bee with Scarlett! We watch his great videos at home. My kids are gonna be excited that we met him! So today was a full day of workshops at the Ancient Faith Writers and Podcasters Conference. We learned a lot from the fantastic speakers. We’ve met great people. It’s been awesome! I plan on […]

by · June 16, 2017 · 0 comments · Community Life
The Writers Arrived!

The Writers Arrived!

We made it to the Antiochian Village in Bolivar, Pennsylvania! We had a long drive with beautiful scenery along the way and a bonus state–we thought we were crossing 5 states to get to the Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference but we also drove through West Virginia for about 20 minutes. So 3 Writers and 6 States after all! […]

by · June 15, 2017 · 0 comments · Community Life
3 Writers and 5 States Part 2

3 Writers and 5 States Part 2

Crop circles. AllState hands asking for a blessing. Philosophical questions about spiders. Talking about enjoying the freedom of not being in Wisconsin where we always run into people we know and then bang–two people recognize Brother Isaac in Illinois. Falafels ain’t so awful for lunch.   “Hell is for Real” billboards. Farm tables made for giants. Bathroom signs. Time travel–the […]

by · June 14, 2017 · 3 comments · Community Life
3 Writers and 5 States

3 Writers and 5 States

A monk, a Millenial, and a mom get in a car together to drive through 5 states for a writer’s conference–this should be quite an adventure! So Brother Isaac, my daughter Scarlett, and myself are on our way to the Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference in Pennsylvania. We are on the road right now, so I’ll be blogging as […]

by · June 14, 2017 · 1 comment · Community Life
Community: Liturgy and Radical Individualism

Community: Liturgy and Radical Individualism

Lingering incense from liturgy the night before mixed with the smell of fresh flowers that decorate the empty tomb; bright lights filling the small chapel; the sanctuary veil swept aside, the holy doors flung wide open. These are the first things I experience when arriving for Agape Vespers on Pascha evening. Everyone in the chapel is that tired-to-your-bones exhausted after […]

An Unexpected Reminder about Love and Sin

An Unexpected Reminder about Love and Sin

God knows what we need better than we do. I was reminded of this truth tonight when my plans unexpectedly changed. I needed to bake prosphora. I was having a rough day; I was upset about things which made me irritable. I didn’t want to bake at home because I wanted to be alone and pray while I baked. To […]

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