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Posts by Hunter Ruffin

Posts by Hunter Ruffin

Sacrificial Love Wins

In 1969 in New York City at the end of June, the New York City Police planned to raid an establishment called The Stonewall Inn. The Inn, which was a bar and gathering place for LGBTQ+ persons that were excluded from the larger LGBTQ+ community such as ‘drags,’ ‘queens,’ and young and homeless LGBTQ+ persons (generally between 16 and 25 years old). It served as a place in which those who were excluded even from the larger LGBTQ+ community could…

Bodies of Color; One Body

If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. 1 Corinthians 12:226 NRSV Bodies have been in the news a lot this week. On Sunday, The New York Times used the whole of its front page to publish the names of the 100,000 dead bodies from the plague ravaging humanity right now. It painted a picture of what is happening in our nation and in the world, and it served…

Finding Vocation: A Way of Belonging

In the past two months, most of us have entered some kind of state of isolation. It is important to point out that those of us that have been able to do so are the privileged ones in our society. We are the ones that have the luxury of working from the safety of our homes in the midst of a plague that is sweeping the world. We have been able to remain inside a harbor while a storm has…

Rogation, Creation, and a Pandemic

In one week’s time, the Church will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension on May 21. It is a feast day that happens every year and is considered one of the principle feasts of the church year. On the Sunday prior to the feast of the Ascension, the church recognizes another type of celebration called Rogation Sunday.  Rogation days originated in the 5th century in France when a bishop called for days of fasting and prayer to ward off a…

Life in the Now

All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Acts 2:44-45 NRSV A few weeks ago, the vestry voted to launch a special giving campaign called Foundations of the Apostles and Prophets. (I hasten to add that we have received just over $3,000 through this campaign thus far.) The effort of the campaign is pitched as one way that our parish…

Proclaiming the Good News

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation” Mark 16:15 NRSV Over the last month (can you believe that it has nearly been a month?!) our parish has been learning anew what it looks like for us to be disciples of Christ Jesus. In a parish that has prized the beauty of gathering together in the same location for our worship and prayers, we have had moments of grief…

A New Commandment

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. John 13:34 NRSV Tonight, the beginning of the Triduum, we hear these words proclaimed in the Gospel reading. We are given a new commandment: that we are to love one another as Christ has loved us. In our practice as a parish, we embody this commandment in the way that we have our feet washed and then…

O God, our times are in your hands…

When I was in high school a series of movies came out that had everyone on the edge of their seats. It was one of those movies that you did not want to miss in the theaters. The impact of the surround sound coupled with the fantastic imagery just drew you in deeper and deeper as the whole audience went deeper into the rabbit hole. I suppose, if you wanted to, you could have taken the blue pill, but the…

COVID-19 Update: March 26, 2020

To all God’s beloved of Church of the Epiphany, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the Arizona Department of Health Services upgraded the community spread of COVID-19 from “Moderate” to “Widespread.” With the upgraded status, it seems more than prudent for Church of the Epiphany’s campus to be closed. In real terms, this means that the staff of our parish will…

COVID-19: A Message from the Rector – March 17, 2020

To all God’s beloved of Church of the Epiphany, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. By now, many of you may have seen the news from Bishop Jennifer Reddall regarding public worship in our congregations. I fully support our bishop’s decision to suspend in-person worship. At this point, it has been suspended until April 20, 2020.  The season of Lent is a season of fasting and…

A Message from the Rector: Parish Updates around COVID-19

To all God’s beloved of Church of the Epiphany, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing to you today to inform you of new developments for our parish as it relates to the current public health emergency surrounding COVID-19.  After prayer and discernment with the clergy leadership and wardens of our parish, we believe that it is prudent for our parish to take some…

Currency of Relationship

On Wednesday night, we had about 16 people that gathered in the parish hall to reflect on the ways that we can steward many other currencies outside of money in our efforts to build sustainable missional ministries in our neighborhood. We spent time looking at the ways that relationship internally and externally are central to the ways that we experience and share the grace of God with others that we encounter. We also spent some time brainstorming ways that our…