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Prayer: Come Holy Spirit set our hearts on fire with love for you that we who have been set ablaze by your love, may take the slightest of light, into the darkest of places.

As people of faith gathered together on this second Sunday in Lent, I’d like to start with a reminder: lent is not about challenging ourselves to be so virtuous and goodly that we are just thankful when it is over, but rather, a season of grace within which we practice our faith in intentional and simpler ways so…

The Daily Office readings for the first Monday in Lent reminded us not simply of our place as those who follow in the footsteps of an ancestral faithful, but as those called to live in the midst of the active and, perhaps, ever-revealing grace of God.

In Deuteronomy, speaking to the people of Israel, God is quick to remind them that as they enter the promised land, not to forget God in the midst of their blessings but to remember that whatever “wealth“ becomes theirs, it is not a matter of their own doing, or their own manufacturing, but rather…

I have been writing a lot recently about why I believe it is time for the Episcopal Church to adopt the practice of praying Holy Eucharist in the Context of Online Worship with the faithful gathered digitally from home. Several diocesan Bishops have authorized the practice only to have been asked to rescind their authorization. The search for wisdom and the yearning to #keepthefeast continues.

Yesterday, after being digitally connected through our speaking, writing and praying, I gathered with Dr. Diana Butler Bass, The Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, and Dr. Deanna A. …

A copy of an advertisement created by the Fallon McElligott advertising agency

I am already bit weary of the liturgical nostalgia. Several of my Episcopal priest friends have reposted the brilliant ads created by the Fallon McElligott advertising agency as way of critiquing the conversation on Holy Eucharist in the Context of Online Worship. Yet, as a denomination, we‘ve already made the hard decision about what is most central, most principal.

40+ years ago, The Episcopal Church set aside Holy Eucharist as “the principal act of Christian worship on the Lord’s Day.” We spent over nine years debating what new common ways of praying might sound like, finally agreed to their formulations…

Pesky acorns along the path.

In the last few weeks yard work and gardening have been a relief. Amid the play with kids and re-shelving of books long-used, I set myself to the custom of ordering my yard all over again. Cutting, raking, pruning and yes, that good ol’ fashioned pulling of weed. This year, they are everywhere. Clover, ragweed, broad-leaf, etc. It is almost as if around every corner, along every pathway, more appear. What a privilege. #urbangardening

As I started pulling something new began to happen. Different. Churning. It started in my mind and quickly moved to my heart. At first I kind…

The following is a sermon that I preached at Christ Episcopal Church. You may watch the sermon here. The text below was written for spoken delivery. It may read with more “preacher voice” than many other writings. Enjoy!

Services being streamed on Easter from Christ Church brought our home peace!
Services being streamed on Easter from Christ Church brought our home peace!
Services streamed from Christ Church Charlotte on Easter brought peace to our home!

Happy Easter! I’m so glad to be part of a tradition where we have a 50-day celebration of resurrection that teaches us how to live with peace and faith. While today we get the same “doubting Thomas” reading that is customary for us on the second Sunday of Eastertide, I have to admit, our reading this morning feels particularly poignant.

I do…

Over the last two decades, the 1979 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) of the Episcopal Church has been scrutinized, supplemented, argued over, and now stands on the cusp of revision once again. As a technology of prayer a mere 40 years old, many have wondered whether its usefulness is over or whether the Episcopal Church must begin anew at replacing or supplementing its forms of prayer and practice.

In truth, history will show that the BCP (in its present and past forms) has deeply served its purpose to unite Episcopalians in common prayer and worship, and that much of this…

Unless your worship includes avatars, holograms, or gaming devices or has ZERO intention of giving praise or proclamation to or about God, it is NOT virtual.

There, I said it.

Ever since shelter in place requirements have emerged in response to COVID-19, clergy, pastors, worship leaders and congregations have been forced to begin digitally curating experiences of worship from home or live-streaming from their facilities. While many churches have long been providing this option for those who are traveling, homebound or isolated, the uptick in the number of churches gathering the faithful online has led many to believe they are…

One part of the Body of Christ at gathered via ZOOM

I wasn’t born digital. Maybe this is a confession; maybe it is simply a description. But I can remember the first time that I realized something was changing in the world and that it had to do with technology. As a student at Riverside Junior High School, I was sitting at my family’s first computer trying to do my homework. The task, given to me by my teacher to demonstrate the power of the internet, was to write a page exploring what WEB Dubois meant by the term double-consciousness. As the modem established a connection, I walked over to the…

While on pilgrimage with a group of students in Ireland a few years ago, our guide invited us to venture to an ancient monastic site that few people visit. On the day of our walk, the site — situated somewhere between the peaks of Mount Brendan and the Atlantic Ocean — was completely covered in fog. Looking to our guide for advice, he simply smiled and said, “Well, come on! Stay close and remember: it’s important to keep calling out each other’s names as you walk.”

Except for our guide, none of us had ever seen this site before. As…

Joshua Case

Episcopal priest, husband and aspiring plotter of goodness. I curate experiences of faith and I believe that God’s Spirit is not done acting in history.

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