This Week At Ascension

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Lenten Reflection & Discussion

On the Sundays of Lent, from 9:15 – 10am, we will reflect and discuss the question, “Who is Jesus and what does it mean to follow him?”

Lullaby Concert and Storytime

The Lakewood High Chamber Orchestra and Miss Margie are teaming up for a Lullaby Concert and Storytime event to entertain our youngest listeners!

Join us in the Undercroft wearing your pajamas and bring your favorite blanket to sit on. A milk and cookie reception will follow.

The fun begins at 6:30pm on Monday, March 2nd.

Silent Prayer & Reflection

Every Wednesday during Lent, the Church will be open for silent prayer and reflection from noon – 1pm. Take a break from your routine for a Wednesday Lenten Reflection.

Stations of the Cross

When Christians would pilgrimage to Jerusalem for Holy Week, a popular devotional was to walk the route Jesus walked, from his condemnation to Calvary, remembering the events that took place along the way.

For those of us who aren’t planning a Middle East expedition but want to commemorate that journey, we will walk the Stations of the Cross every Thursday during Lent (except the Thursday before Easter) from 6:30 – 7:30pm.

Daily Lenten Reflection

During these 40 days of Lent, a priest or others from the Diocese will be writing a Daily Reflection to help us prepare for Holy Week.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Our Education Informs Our Faith

Today we commemorate two leaders who exemplified both a deep religious faith and a strong commitment to education: ANNA JULIA HAYWOOD COOPER and ELIZABETH EVELYN WRIGHT.

Born into slavery in 1859, Dr. Cooper demonstrated academic gifts early. According to the Episcopal Women’s History Project, she began her studies through a scholarship to St. Augustine Normal School and Collegiate Institute, founded by the Episcopal Church to educate African-American teachers and clergy. She later earned a degree in mathematics from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne. We commemorate her for her effectiveness as an advocate for the education of African Americans—and for her determined insistence that the Episcopal Church make this a sustained priority.

Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, born in 1872, showed similar dedication. Educated at Tuskegee Institute, she founded a school for African American youth that later became Voorhees College. The college’s web site observes that she “was barely older than some of today’s students” at the time. Voorhees is named for the philanthropist that Elizabeth Wright persuaded to support her dream. The college today honors its enduring affiliation with the Episcopal Church by focusing on “developing students spiritually as well as intellectually.”

These examples of a commitment to education informed by faith offer a useful reminder that this series of Lenten devotions invites us to “lengthen” our learning as we strengthen our devotion.

The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston

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