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Moving to Falls Church...

I'm thrilled to say that thanks to lots of pro bono work by parishioner project manager extraordinaire Kees Dutilh , vestry member/architect Matt Lee , and parishioners Dee and Bill Thorton , not to mention the substantial financial investment by the Diocese of Virginia , work on restoring and renovating the church-owned house (Rectory) of The Falls Church Episcopal is nearly complete. I'm even more thrilled to say that (assuming all goes according to plan), this means we'll move to Falls Church next Friday, July 31! For the past three years, as part of my original agreement with the vestry of The Falls Church when I was first called as its Rector in 2012, I've been commuting from Leesburg. We've lived there since 1999; that's where we've raised all three of our children. But now that daughter Elizabeth, our youngest, has graduated high school and is (in mid-August) heading off to college, we're able and ready to make the move into Falls Chu

"Righteous Gentiles" -- Trained and Organized to Love

In the liturgical calendar(s) of The Episcopal Church (The Book of Common Prayer, Lesser Feasts and Fasts, and the trial-use Holy Women, Holy Men), various days are set aside to remember or commemorate a number of saints, martyrs, heroes of the faith, and occasions. Today (Thursday, July 16) is a day to commemorate "The Righteous Gentiles." "Righteous Gentiles" is a variation of Righteous Among the Nations, " an honorific the State of Israel uses to describe non-Jews who risked their lives during World War II to save Jews from extermination by Nazis and their collaborators. You can read a full article here which explains the sacrifices of Raoul Wallenberg (Swedish, Lutheran), Hiram Bingham IV (American, Episcopalian), Carl Lutz (Swiss, Evangelical), and Chiune Sugihara (Japanese, Orthodox).  But today I'd like to focus on the life of André Trocmé (French, Reformed) and his wife, Magda , who saved the lives of thousands of Jews in France

"Independence" and Long Fireworks

This Saturday is the 4th of July, a day on which people all over the United States will watch long fireworks displays as part of their Independence Day celebrations. So today I want to share some thoughts about fireworks and the idea of "independence." First, fireworks: if you think about it, fireworks displays are really nothing more than a long series of explosions. But that seems to be a really good metaphor for "independence." They need to be long , because the fight for "independence" is long. We designate July 4th as Independence Day because it's the date in 1776 when the Continental Congress adopted the document called "Declaration of Independence," but two other more important dates came a year earlier -- April 19, 17 75 -- when the Revolutionary War started at Lexington and Concord,  and much later -- September 3, 17 83 -- when the Treaty of Paris was signed, formally ending the Revolutionary War.That's over eight yea