Senior Minister

Lenten Study Series

An Altar in the World book cover"My life depends on engaging the most ordinary physical activities with the most exquisite attention I can give them. My life depends on ignoring all touted distinctions between the secular and the sacred, the physical and the spiritual, the body and the soul. What is saving my life now is becoming more fully human, trusting that there is no way to God apart from real life in the real world."

An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor

The Rev. Dr. Lucy Forster-Smith will lead a Lenten Study Series for four Tuesday evenings during Lent using Barbara Brown Taylor's An Altar in the World. The series will be held on February 16 & 23, and March 1 & 8 from 7-8 p.m. in the Pusey Room. All welcome! 

Carols Prayer

By The Rev. Dr. Lucy Forster-Smith

Holy God, on this night of all nights we stand in awe of your abundant love for us. We are so grateful for the beauty that spills over us in this season. For the profuse darkness that exposes the canopy of the heavens; for the glistening dawn that breaks over the barrenness of the winter land; for the harbor of goodness that arrives when we least expect it, we give you the glory.

O Christ, you came into this world as a vulnerable child, showing us that the way to fullness is through taking humble frame. May we resemble your life,

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Reflections on the Mission: Rooted in the Good News of Jesus Christ

Reflections on the Mission

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles that will consider the meaning and implications of the Memorial Church’s new mission statement.

By Lucy A. Forster-Smith

During the 2014-15 academic year, the Memorial Church staff and seminarians took up the task of crafting a mission statement for the church. Centered on the ironies and tensions incumbent in the life of a University Church, our mission is articulated in terms that clarify, challenge, and call us to consider the rich inheritance we are privileged to hold — and to step forward into a future that is bold in our service to the University.  
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