What is prayer? It’s simply whatever form of communication our relationship with God takes – physically, emotionally, spiritually, whatever. Look at it this way. If God is love, and if God’s love is the only constant we can rely upon, maybe prayer is simply recognizing the slipstream of God’s love in the world, and choosing to step on board.
• TEC Young Adult and Campus Ministry https://www.episcopalchurch.org/young-adult-and-campus-ministries
• The Young Adult Service Corps provides opportunities for overseas missionary work for young adults: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/young-adult-service-corps
• TEC’s Episcopal Service Corps provides an experience of young adults living in intentional community, serving their neighborhoods, sharing in faith formation, and discerning vocational direction, in projects across the United States: https://episcopalservicecorps.org/
• The Episcopal News Service (ENS) offers up-to-date news about the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/author/episcopal-news-service
• Advocacy: The Episcopal Public Policy Network provides advocacy activities and information about the church’s official position on a broad range of social issues: https://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/?1
• Integrity USA: For more than four decades, Integrity USA has been working for the full equality of LGBTQ persons in every part of The Episcopal Church. For more information: http://www.integrityusa.org/
There are many resources that will support you in your spiritual journey. The most powerful one is joining a faith community which will provide companionship and encouragement along the way.
The Book of Common Prayer is the basic worship resource of the Episcopal Church. It has a wide variety of resources including the rites and rituals of the church, the Psalms, an extraordinary breadth of prayers for virtually any occasion, and a Catechism, which answers basic questions about an Episcopal understanding of questions of faith (https://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/book_of_common_prayer.pdf).
The Bible is the fundamental resource of Christians who seek to understand God’s presence and action in the world from the beginnings of creation through the story of God’s chosen people, the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the spread of the early Christian movement. There are many translations of the Bible, and the Episcopal Church uses the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), because of both its scholarly and ecumenical emphasis (http://www.allsaintstupelo.com/Bible_NRSV.pdf ).
Here are some other resources that will support your prayer life and a growing intimacy with God:
The Society of St. John the Evangelist (https://www.ssje.org/). is an Episcopal monastic community located near Harvard Square in Cambridge MA. It offers retreats, day programs, internships, and a variety of other resources, including a wonderful daily meditation: https://www.ssje.org/word/.
The Center for Action and Contemplation (https://cac.org/) is directed by Richard Rohr, OFM, and offers a variety of retreats, publications and inspirational materials, including a powerful daily meditation (https://cac.org/category/daily-meditations/).
The Frederick Buechner Center offers a daily quote from this famous theologian, author, and preacher: http://www.frederickbuechner.com/quote-of-the-day.
Before the moment of victory over the King and his anti-Semitic regime, Jews in Jerusalem at the time, sorrowfully cried out, “Hosanna”, (which means: save us, according to Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic translations) as they were being killed and as wars ravaged the lands during this plight of Jewish oppression.
And here, for this purpose, is where Jesus, the incarnate foolishness of God, an utterly holy fool, arrives on the scene. For the primary purpose of the holy fool is to manifest in themselves, to act out, to call attention to the corruption and disorder established in the system, manifest in the institution for so long no one even thinks to notice it anymore.
A central theme of her teaching, like our theological understanding of the Trinity, is that just as people are an integrated system of physical, emotional, and spiritual elements, in the same way, any idea of separation between people is simply an illusion, that the very basis of human existence is interconnectedness and interdependence – with God, with each other, and with the earth.
My friend Lily wandered over to me, with eyes that were red and puffy, and apologized for bothering me, but asked me to pray for Stefan on her behalf, since she did not know how. And so, like the blind leading the blind, I took her hands and closed my eyes, feeling like a fraudulent palm reader.