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Chaplain’s March 2024 Reflection

Easter Hope and New Beginnings: Feeling the Resurrection in Our Daily Lives Dear friends and Fellow Travelers, blessings to all who are making their way to Louisville, Kentucky, to join in fellowship.  As we move through Easter, let’s wrap ourselves in the deep themes of renewal, hope, forgiveness, and bravery central to our Christian beliefs. This time is…
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Chaplain’s February 2024 Reflection

Together in Love As we inch closer to the Episcopal General Convention, wrapped in the warmth of “Together in Love,” we find ourselves in the embrace of the Lenten season. This time, known for its call to reflection and renewal, invites us on a personal journey deeper into the arms of Jesus. It’s a chance…
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Solidarity and Hope: Reflections on an Enlightening Tanzania Pilgrimage

By Adialyn Milien Traducción al español a continuación In a journey of faith and service, Julia Ayala Harris, president of the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church, led an Episcopal Relief & Development Pilgrimage to Tanzania from January 12 to January 20. This pilgrimage was a journey across continents and a profound venture into…
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Chaplain’s January 2024 Reflection

Seasons of Change: Embracing Our Interconnected Journey in the House of Deputies Dear Deputies  As we stand at the precipice of significant transitions and retirements within our beloved House, I am reminded of the poignant words from Ecclesiastes 3:1, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” This scripture…
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President Ayala Harris’ January Executive Council opening remarks

Traducción al español a continuación Together In Love Good morning, members of Executive Council, churchwide staff, and guests. As we meet here in Louisville, where we will gather in just a few short months for the 81st General Convention of The Episcopal Church, I am reminded once again of the absence of our chair and…
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House of Deputies Chaplain’s December 2023 Reflection

Dear Deputies, As we gather in the spirit of ‘Happy Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel, Mele Kalikimaka’, our hearts resonate with warmth and unity, embracing not just each other but also our cherished loved ones during this festive season. This time of year, rich in joy and tradition, invites us to reflect on the profound…
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President’s 2023 Christmas Message

Traducción al español a continuación Dear Members of the House of Deputies, As we light the candles on our Advent wreaths and enter into the holy season of Christmas, I want to extend my warmest greetings to you and your loved ones. I pray that in the coming days, the peace and joy of the…
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House of Deputies Chaplain’s November 2023 Reflection

In our journey through the tumultuous year of 2023, amidst global conflicts and wars, we seek solace in spiritual wisdom. This era, laden with emotional challenges such as sorrow and anger, beckons us to draw lessons from Jesus Christ and the time-honoured desert elders. Consider the story of Jesus in John 8:7, where he demonstrates…
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President’s statement to Church of Sweden

Walking Together Toward Justice and Peace Traducción al español a continuación Dear Friends in Christ: This is a joyous occasion to be here with you all today as we come together to affirm this full communion partnership, continuing to make official what has been true for centuries: that our churches’ collective witness to the world of love of…
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House of Deputies Chaplain’s October 2023 Reflection

“Mvana ka Thixo esusa isono sehlabathi senzele inceba –                             Son of God who takes away the sin of the world have mercy.” Traducción al español a continuación Dear Deputies, In this ever-changing world, we often find ourselves at the intersection of faith, hope, despair, and sadness. These heartfelt words, Son of God who takes away…
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President Ayala Harris’ October Executive Council opening remarks

Traducción al español a continuación Stepping Into the Current Good morning, fellow members of Executive Council. It’s great to be gathered together from all of our places and spaces. I must say that I am especially delighted to be following our presiding bishop in giving my opening remarks this morning. It is an answer to prayer…
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House of Deputies Chaplain’s September 2023 Reflection

Traducción al español a continuación Hope in the face of Despair. In the deep recesses of our souls, where anguish and sadness often hide, a promise whispers hope. The Psalmist captures this beautifully in Psalm 147:3, declaring, “God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” This stands as a testament to the Creator Spirit’s…
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