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About aliceatgrace

I'm the Rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Hopkinsville, KY. When I came here in August, 2011, I discovered that we have a great asset that was being under-utilized, to say the least. We have a beautiful Chartres labyrinth that was dedicated four years ago, and I decided that I would do all I could to promote the use of it. It's now just post-Easter of 2012, and, about a month ago, it occurred to me that our labyrinth is a symbol of what the future of this church is intended to be. We are people on an ongoing spiritual journey together. We like to ask questions, and we don't always have to have the answers. We are confident that God is leading us into deeper relationships--both with God and with the world around us. We invite you to "come walk with us."

Remember the Gift

There is a haunting line from W.H. Auden (sometimes attributed to Abner Dean) that reads, “Remember the gift, the one from the manger, it means only this, you can dance with a stranger.”  We can all be slow learners when … Continue reading

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Grateful for Gratitude

Our weather in Kentucky over the past few weeks has reminded me of another time some years back when I was living in Nashville and a big ice storm resulted in a lengthy power outage.  That was in the days … Continue reading

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“Be ye kind one to another”

A few days ago, a church member gave me a belated birthday present with these words, “I think you might find a gem for a sermon in this book.”  The text of the book is a transcript of George Saunders’ … Continue reading

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Into the Heart of God?

Those of you who know Grace Church Hopkinsville know that we have a beautiful labyrinth, build in 2007, that is a replica of the one at Chartres Cathedral in France, built around 1201. Our Chartres labyrinth is truly a treasure … Continue reading

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Meet “Gracie”

          If you haven’t met Gracie yet, come by my office sometime.  Gracie is a giraffe designed by the “Melissa and Doug” company, and she looks over my right shoulder when I’m sitting at my desk.  I think she’s beautiful, … Continue reading

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“They’re my girls–they like me!”

Several weeks ago, when I was visiting with my daughter and three-year-old grandson, we went whale-watching off the coast of New Jersey.  Of course, we didn’t see any whales, but we saw lots of dolphins, and they were magnificent!  So … Continue reading

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Bloody bloody!

There are a lot of bloody passages in scripture–mostly in the Old Testament–but our gospel reading from this past Sunday strikes me as the bloodiest!  If I were British I would say that it’s bloody bloody!  Jesus is talking to … Continue reading

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