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Race and Land: An Examination of Montrose

Race and Land: An Examination of Montrose

Lent is a season for introspection, change, and renewal. As part of our semester-long examination of the Gift of Place, leaders in the parish will be inviting the congregation of St. Stephen’s to learn the history of our church in its place, Montrose. What are the...
Rootedness in a Time of War

Rootedness in a Time of War

My maternal grandfather immigrated to the United States from Kiev, Ukraine. Like many people, I have no idea who my kin are in the old country, but as war breaks out as I write this, my heart is sad. I feel a deep loss down to my roots. I wonder if my family has died...
Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

We had a prayerful and productive Vestry Retreat this past Saturday in the Havens Center. After discussion and discernment, our vestry identified five priorities for this year: BuildingsChurch & School RelationshipCommunicationInvite, Welcome, Connect,...
Being and Doing

Being and Doing

Way back before the pandemic, St. Stephen’s began its work on racial reconciliation by engaging in reading and discussing the 1619 Project which was published by the New York Times. This provocative series allowed our parish to broaden and deepen our awareness...
Learning From Failure

Learning From Failure

I grew up in a household where the adults never said they were sorry for anything they said or did. In later years the country singer, Marty Stuart, gave me language for my familial culture when he said, ” Nobody can hold a grudge like a hillbilly.”One of...