'With what can we compare the Kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth- yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in the shade.'
Mark 4:30-32

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Posted by: Ed Watson on 1/28/2016 | 0 Comments
I’m no Mother Theresa. If I’m being honest, I just don’t allow many of our guests to penetrate the walls of my heart in such a way that I can legitimately call all of them friends. I can’t pretend to absorb and give away the expensive energy required to befriend everyone. All of us who work here at Network are very human in that way—and being in touch with our humanity invites us to lean vulnerably on the mercy of Christ, in the hope that we at least appear hospitable and friendly to these neighbors of ours who call the streets home.
Posted by: Ed Watson on 1/21/2016 | 0 Comments
I first heard the word “bi-vocational” about six months ago. I was caught somewhere between my deep longing to do full-time ministry/service work and the my inability to raise enough funds to pay my bills, leaving me with what I thought was my only option – a full-time “real job.” Yet all I really wanted was to spend my weeks volunteering, serving, building relationships, and doing justice-related work.
Posted by: Ed Watson on 1/14/2016 | 0 Comments
Hi, my name is Maria and I am a cleric. In my little corner of ordained Episcopal ministry up on the rocky shores of Maine, I am quietly odd. At first glance, the only way you would know it is that I’ve decided not to wear a clerical collar (nor do I wear a watch). I have my reasons. I also don’t wear a black uniform to work every day, though I do wear the alb and stole on Sundays with no cincture around my waist. It helps that I am rector of a lively little Episcopal church in a village parish where the Congregationalists have a big head start on anti-clerical types of thing.
Posted by: Ed Watson on 1/7/2016 | 0 Comments
At some point in 2015, someone graffitied 'This Is a Fake Church' on the walls of Saint John's Cathedral. The words are gone now—but though the visible consequence of this action can be washed away, the action itself cannot be changed. We cannot change the fact that someone felt strongly enough about Saint John's that they thought it worth writing these words on our walls, for whatever reason.

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