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Launch of Restoring God’s Earth Program and Zero Waste Church

by Stephanie Allen

Restoring God’s Earth is a program of Church of the Nativity. On October 1, 2017, following a period of study and reflection on the curriculum, A Life of Grace for the Whole World, Nativity launched the program. The curriculum is based upon the Episcopal House of Bishop’s Pastoral Teaching on the Environment, which calls “for […]

Restoring God’s Earth: A Year of Personal Action – Compost!

by Stephanie Allen

Welcome to the first week of Restoring God’s Earth: A Year of Personal Action. Our first month we will be focusing on Composting. Decaying food (process minus oxygen) in landfills produces methane – a powerful greenhouse gas, 84 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. Solution? Compost that food! Composting ads in oxygen to the process […]

A Day To Remember

by Stephanie Allen

Today’s post is a special guest post written by our music director, Waltye Rasulala. For many years, Waltye has honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by offering a program a part of  Nativity’s Spirituality In the Arts. This year, Waltye shares with us her memories of the March on Washington […]

The Party’s Over – Now What?

by Stephanie Allen

There is something bittersweet during the actual days of Christmas. There is such a build-up in our culture towards Christmas Day, so much work and anticipation, that afterwards, it can feel like something of a let-down. We’ve whooped it up, we ate too much, we visited family, we went to church at night, we welcomed […]

Advent 4 – Its Not Too Late!

by Stephanie Allen

Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. Isaiah 7:14-15 I’ve been […]

Advent 3 – No One Is Invisible

by Stephanie Allen

Like many people, I was saddened by the death of Nelson Mandela. My facebook feed that day was an outpouring of grief and celebration, numerous quotes from a man who brought peace and reconciliation to a place where no peace or justice seemed possible for a long, long time. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said this about […]

Advent 2 – Its Not About the Lights!

by Stephanie Allen

It’s beginning to look a lot like unhealthy societal and family expectations! Everywhere you go! -Unvirtuous Abbey I had a moment that I’m not proud of in the midst of helping my children decorate our Christmas tree this weekend. My task was to put on the lights so that they could start putting the ornaments […]

Advent 1 – World War C(hristmas)

by Stephanie Allen

Sarah Palin says there is a war on Christmas. She’s even written a book about it.   Diana Butler Bass thinks Fox News has declared war on Advent.   In the Huff Post, Mark Sandlin told us that the REAL war was on Thanksgiving. (He might be right on that one.)   Duck and run […]

Falling Down to Go Up

by Stephanie Allen

Over the long weekend of the July 4 holiday, I accomplished two things. First I finished knitting a pair of socks I started in February. You can see them over on the right ->. And then, I finally started and finished a book that Phil Kraemer had lent to me called Falling Upward: A Spirituality […]

Timing is everything, or is it?

by Stephanie Allen

The past two weeks, I’ve lost track of time. I’ve been unsure of what day of the week it was, what day of the month. My routine that helps me mark my time was off, and my timing felt off. It strikes me that the past two weeks, I have spent a great deal of […]