A Christian Life of Faith: Signs and Thresholds Along the Way

August 11, 2022

So much of what we do at St. Luke’s is designed to help others. What about nurturing and exploring our own spiritual lives? What about our questions and struggles of faith, our relationship (or not) with God?  Beginning September 18, Dean Shambaugh will lead a Sunday morning class called “A Christian Life of Faith: Signs […]

Being Part of a Global Family

August 3, 2022

by Dean Shambaugh My siblings and I grew up surrounded by stories from around the world: tales from my parents who had lived in Taiwan and traveled around Asia and postcards and stories from my aunt who ran a school in what was then known as Bombay and traveled around the globe.  All five of […]

Notes from Sunday, July 24’s Conversation on Race and Climate

July 28, 2022

Last Sunday, Sarah Braik and Dean Shambaugh discussed their experience as deputies to General Convention, reviewed legislation passed at the General Convention in the areas of Creation Care and Racial Justice, and led a brainstorming session about what we, at St. Luke’s, and as St. Lukans might do in these areas.  The following are notes […]

It is a Church that We as a Cathedral are Called to Lead

July 14, 2022

In his opening sermon, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry spoke of a recent survey that showed that 84% of Americans – including those of different faiths and no faith – described Jesus as a spiritual leader worth listening to. Unfortunately, a majority of those surveyed describe the church as hypocritical, racist, misogynist, etc… in other words, […]

Trinity Sunday: A Metaphor for Understanding

June 9, 2022

by Dean Ben Shambaugh This coming Sunday is Trinity Sunday. With the Ascension of Jesus and coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Godhead is complete and we are about to enter the long green season of Sundays after Pentecost that is sometimes called “ordinary time.” There are two problems with this: first, that […]

2022 General Convention Start Up

April 27, 2022

Every three years, lay and clergy deputies from throughout the Episcopal Church gather for an event known as General Convention. General Convention is the Episcopal Church’s legislative body, a bi-cameral system which holds elections, approves resolutions, policies, budgets, and oversees the workings of the church.   This summer, both Sarah Braik and I will be part […]

Accept Your Part in Aiding the Resurrection of this Created World

April 22, 2022

The first Earth Day was in 1970, 52 years ago.  It was the beginning of the modern environmental movement in the United States.  I remember our school planting a tree for the occasion.  Little could I have imagined how many more trees would need to be planted, and that that would become a movement in […]

Egeria’s Travels: A Brief History and Overview of Holy Week

April 1, 2022

On Egeria’s travels… and our own. (A brief history and overview of Holy Week) In the period between 381 and 384 AD, a woman named Egeria made a remarkable journey from Spain to the Holy Land in order to participate in the services of Easter.  Even more remarkably, she wrote and published her diary, which […]

Reading the Constitution: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Confirmation Hearing

March 24, 2022

Last week the news was filled with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Confirmation Hearing.  Undeterred by abhorrent behavior, unrelenting attacks, and political posturing by members of the committee, Judge Jackson provided calm and thoughtful responses to the questions that were asked.   Underneath it all, the divide in our country – and the philosophical divide on […]

What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

March 1, 2022

What are you giving up for Lent? This question frequently comes up this time of year and is usually answered with some sort of answer like “chocolate,” “lattes,” “alcohol” or “Facebook.” Giving something up can be helpful if it encourages spiritual growth or specific action, if money that would have been spent on chocolate or […]

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