Wednesday, July 01, 2009

grieving out loud

Did you watch a lot of TV last Friday? I did. I could say it was because I was in bed sick with nothing else to do, and that's part of it. But the truth is, I was riveted. The tragedy of death (Michael Jackson) and the dignity of death (Farrah Fawcett), all playing out in one massive news story that played well into the night. And I grieved. I remembered how my cousins and I used to put yellow towels on our heads, sashay around Aunt Dot's house and pretend we were Farrah Fawcett. Seeing images of her shaved, cancer-ravaged head ... it hurt more than I expected. Then I remembered the slumber parties with non-stop Michael Jackson, and the joy of FINALLY having a black superstar that the whole country -- the whole world -- loved. However he had faltered, failed, in recent years, this was Michael. And he was dead.

Like a lot of people, I quickly tired of the over-analysis and media mania. But behind the circus, we were just fumbling and trying to reckon with the huge death of people whose lives, to many of us, were huge. May they both rest with God's peace.

what's going on @ the crossing ...
THURSDAY @ 6pm / Worship and Fellowship
Rev. Steph kicks off the month reflecting on the story of Jesus' inability to heal (Mark 6:1-6), and Sue Spilecki helps us to have a deep conversation with God on paper (also known as journaling). AFTER WORSHIP: Join us for simple hospitality and stick around for our ritual procession to a nearby restaurant for cheap food and drinks. GETTING TO THE CROSSING: Across from Park St. T. PARKING: Validated parking @ Boston Common Garage on Charles Street (b/t Common and Public Garden). MORE INFO: Head to

EVERY TUESDAY THROUGH AUGUST @ 6:30-8pm / Come to the Center: A Centering Prayer Circle
NOTE LOCATION: DOWNTOWN @ The Paulist Center (across from Cathedral
Keith Nelson and Matthew Turner lead this exploration of the ancient practice of Centering Prayer (think of it as Christian meditation). OPEN GROUP: beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome! DATES: Runs every Tuesday this summer. Come once, twice or every week. Just come find the center. LOCATION: Due to construction in the Cathedral community spaces this summer, the group will meet in nearby churches. Most Tuesdays at The Paulist Center -- a Catholic church across from Park St. T, about half-way up Park St (toward the State House; red door). NOTE: 7/28 and 8/25: St. John the Evangelist Church on Bowdoin Street. CONTACT: Keith Nelson, or 205.807.9037.

Two members of The Crossing community -- Chris Ashley and Marie Harkey -- are traveling with Church of the Advent-Boston to forge relationships with our brothers and sisters in Maseno, Kenya. We hope you'll want to support their ministry, learn about the struggles and hopes of the Kenyan people, and hear how we can all engage God's mission more deeply this fall. But it starts with raising the last $1,700 to send Chris and Marie to Kenya. CONTACT: Rev. Steph at for more information or to make a contribution (checks to St. Paul's Cathedral, with "Crossing Priest Discretionary-Kenya" in the memo area). LEARN MORE:

community notes
Giving @ The Crossing -- An Update
We're at the halfway point in our annual giving goal of $20,000 in 2009. Please prayerfully consider making a one-time gift or start pledging (setting out an amount you'd like to give over the course of a year, and filling out a pledge card so we know we can count on your contribution). Give however you're able: cash, check or credit cards. CONTACT: Chris Ashley at

You got stuff to share (a job, a couch, a theater gig you want people to attend …)? You need stuff (lost scarf, dog-sitter, a summer sublet …)? Log onto our new online forum to connect and share information about random community announcements -- including upcoming events, apartment sublets, job opportunities, lost-and-found, furniture exchange, help requests, etc.

Share the Groove -- Buy a copy of The Crossing CD
The Crossing has released its first CD, Songs @ The Crossing. It's a collection of 14 favorite songs from our worship community, and you can get it for $15. Reply to this email or buy one on a Thursday.

Fair Trade @ The Crossing
Want to pitch in with our effort to become a Fair Trade Ministry? The first move: changes in hospitality (fair trade/organic food, eco-friendly products, re-usable dishes that we wash after worship). CONTACT: Bill Comer at or 617.818.5124. And join friends at Boston Faith and Justice Network as they put the spotlight on fair trade and justice issues locally and globally. Go to for more info.

ongoing justice and healing ministries
We're serious about joining ministries that serve our homeless and hungry brothers and sisters. Please join us any day of the week!
** Monday Lunch Program: Cathedral every Monday, 10am to help with set-up, or 11:30am-12:45pm to help serve & build community with our neighbors. Contact Rev. Steph a
** St. Francis House: Volunteers needed every day to help serve meals and provide care. Boylston St, near Chinatown. Contact Lynn Campbell at
** Haley House is a Catholic-worker style community in the South End. Volunteers needed for meals programs 6-10am every day AND 1:30-5pm Saturday and Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. Could use help tending an urban orchard in Mission Hill. See

getting connected @ the crossing
If you'd like to be in touch, we'd love to connect with YOU! Look at the list and then reach out:
** Stephanie Spellers: / 617.482.4826, x318 (priest, communications, pastoral care)
** Jason Long: / 617.482.4826, x311 (small groups & formation, newcomers)** Chris Ashley: (budget, hospitality)
** Lynn Campbell: (ministries with the homeless)
** Kieran Conroy: (emerging church connections)
** Ashley Merrell: (music ministry)
** Keith Nelson: (worship arts)
** Jenna Tucker: (general admin)

Blessings in the groove,
Rev. Steph

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