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Regarding Prayer

Regarding Prayer.  Over the years, I have been approached with countless great questions about prayer: What is prayer? How does prayer shape our lives? Why should we pray? Both verbally and through journal writing, I reflect on prayer based on experience, study, and what I learn daily and weekly from individual and corporate engagement with […]

Journey with Christ to Easter

The liturgy and music of Lent offer rich support for our journeys with Christ to Easter. From start to finish of our Sunday morning and even Tuesday and Thursday noon worship, the prayers, scripture readings, reflections, silences, and the Holy Eucharist invite worshippers to engage God–deeply. Christian history reminds that our praying shapes our believing […]

Radical Welcome

Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other, and the Spirit of Transformation by the Reverend Stephanie Spellers is an extraordinary book for congregational engagement during Lent and beyond. Vestry members, non-Vestry members, and I gathered for the first weekly offering of a lively discussion about this gem on Monday, February 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the 2nd […]

Reflections on Diocesan Convention

The Diocese of North Carolina is alive, well and on the move to do even greater things through diocesan programs, communities, and congregations, such as St. Peter’s Charlotte.  January 25-26, I had the privilege of joining our lay delegates John Arrrowood, Josephine Hicks, Doug Hutto, Des Keller and Dave Lavoie in Winston-Salem for the 197th […]


Outreach is foundational to the Christian faith and St. Peter’s Church has been an incubator of servant ministries since 1834.  The great commandment reminds that we are to love God with our whole heart, soul, and mind and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.  World-renowned theologian Jim Wallis, founder and editor of Sojourners […]

Liturgy is Focus of Next Rector’s Forum

Liturgy (work of the people in worship) is core to Christian tradition and includes a variety of pieces that makes it what it is and definitely unique. Sunday, January 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m. during the Rector’s Forum, consider joining others for a detailed look into liturgy at St. Peter’s.

Epiphany I

Formation is core to understanding the faith. Second-century church leader Tertullian offered that “Christians are made, not born.” The early days of 2013, especially Sundays before or after worship, strike me as a brilliant time to participate in the small or large group formation offerings at St. Peter’s. Life at St. Peter’s increasingly will offer […]

Advent / Christmas Pastoral Letter

An Advent Message from the Rector Friday, December 21, 2012 Dear Households of St. Peter’s Church: Greetings and peace to you and yours as we journey with great expectation from Advent into the profound hope of Christmas. The annual celebration of the birth of our Savior reminds us of the capacity that God has to […]

First Sunday of Advent

Advent and the Christian New Year. The church season called Advent begins today as the appointed time for Christian households to mark the beginning of the Church Year. Just as parents await new life in the birth of a child, we prepare with great expectation for the anniversary birth of “God with us” at Christmas. […]