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Archives: May 2022

May 26, 2022 - Peter Ilgenfritz

I tested positive for COVID last Monday after an afternoon walk with a friend in the Arboretum and not being able to smell the lilacs that were supposedly quite fragrant.

“You have COVID!”, she said, joking. I knew I had congestion and a cough from springtime allergies. I knew I didn’t have COVID. At least I didn’t when I’d tested last week. But that afternoon back at the office I took another test. 

I couldn’t believe it – two lines! What does that mean, two lines? I read the...

May 17, 2022 - Amy Norton

Dear United Parish Family,

If you’re reading this, chances are you have some feelings about being a teenager- whether it’s something you’re looking forward to with joy or anxiety, something you’re right smack dab in the middle of and trying to navigate, or something you look back on with a whole mix of memories, angsty and nostalgic all at once.

And you know what? Even Jesus was a teenager, with all that that entails - ...

May 12, 2022 - Thomas Mitchell

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…

I’ve often felt that that opening to Ecclesiastes is overused. Nonetheless, it does not mean that it isn’t true.

This Sunday will be my final Sunday with you as Seminarian. In some ways, it seems as though our journey together has only just begun, and yet it has indeed been nearly nine months since we started together.

This Sunday, we’ll continue with the fourth week of our Eastertide series...

May 05, 2022 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones,

Over the last two years, we've gotten used to regular, breaking news updates of national or international importance. It is tempting to numb out with optimism, it is easy to spiral in fear, it is hardest to stay present while acknowledging and feeling all that each momentous happening brings up in us. This week, I am sitting with heartbreak, anger, and even fear at the all-but certain overturning of Roe v. Wade, even as many of our Black sisters and siblings...