Message from Lisa

The way you look at things is the most powerful force in shaping your life. -John O’Donohue
What is greatness?

What is greatness?

Beloved Friends- What is greatness? How do we decide if someone is great? Do we define greatness in terms of power, privilege, and prestige? What do we teach our children about what it means to be great? Do we measure the greatness of someone by the company they keep,...

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The Gift of Living in Community

The Gift of Living in Community

Beloved friends, As I reflect on this past week, I am struck with the simple truth that life is truly best lived in community. We are more than who we can ever be on our own when we dare to share what matters most. Over the past week members of our extended community...

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The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi

The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi

Beloved Friends- Next Monday, October 4th, is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. Francis astounded and inspired the Church by taking the gospel literally—not in a narrow fundamentalist sense, but by actually following all that Jesus said and did, joyfully,...

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Perspective

Perspective

Beloved Friends, Perspective…that is the word and thought coming to me as I sit down to write to you today. Both literally and symbolically, this word captures reality; literally, as I sit on a plane in between Detroit Metro and LaGuardia airports heading to NYC for a...

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Coming Home

Coming Home

Beloved Friends- It is wonderful to be back among you after a time of sabbath rest. Some of you know this ended up being a different kind of “time away” for me- it included coming back to work for a couple of weeks as we continued staffing transitions and then...

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The Rhythm of Sabbath

The Rhythm of Sabbath

Beloved Friends, Many of you know of my fondness for the writings of poet Mary Oliver. Today, she comes to mind again as I remember this line from one of my favorite poems titled “Summer Day”: Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?...

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A vision of a place we call home

A vision of a place we call home

Beloved Friends- Happy almost 4th of July! To be honest, this holiday in which we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress, is one that always comes with mixed emotions for me. On the one hand I am so very grateful for a...

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A Time of Transformation

A Time of Transformation

Beloved friends, Sometimes change is illusive other times obvious; regardless it is indeed ever present. Some change is welcomed while other change is feared. There are times when we beg and plead for things to change and perhaps, just as often, feel we would do...

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Both/And

Both/And

Beloved Friends- Several years ago, I started replacing my use of the word “but” in almost any sentence to “and” ushering in a new perspective into most situations. Such a small change often underscores the truth that two seemingly competing realities can absolutely...

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FINAL Draft of Trinity’s 2030 Vision

FINAL Draft of Trinity’s 2030 Vision

Beloved Friends, It is 2030. Trinity is alive with energy, purpose, and passion. We are a beacon of hope, healing, encouragement, and inclusion in Toledo and beyond. We stand in a beautifully restored and reimagined building; likewise, we stand in a loving, liberating, and life-giving […]

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What is a Transitional Deacon?

What is a Transitional Deacon?

Beloved Friends, Next Thursday (June 3rd at 7:00pm) our soon-to-be Diocesan Curate, Megan Allen will take the next step in her vocational journey as she is ordained a “Transitional Deacon.” I am thrilled to have been invited to travel to Akron and be among a handful...

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