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O Root of Jesse

O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign to the people;
before whom kings shall shut their mouths,
and whom the nations shall seek:
Come and deliver us, and do not delay.

In my childhood home, we celebrated Advent in fine form, hand-dipping Advent candles from paraffin and old crayons and gathering nightly for family liturgy. From Creation through the Holy Family, small symbols of our Christian story were gradually placed on a felt Jesse Tree. As I was quite convinced that this tree was mine, I took special care to learn each story well. Fundamentally, this tradition gave me my roots in faith and taught me reverence for scripture, for holy story, and for the actions we take stemming from it.

O Clavis David

O Key of David, and sceptre of the house of Israel,
who opens and no one can shut, who shuts and no one can open:
Come and bring the prisoners from the prison house,
who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

O Lord: December 18

O Adonai, and leader of the house of Israel
Who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
and gave him the law on Sinai:
Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.

Burning bushes are dangerous.

The State of Racism Webinar at CDSP

News alerts from the New York Times arrive in my email, sometimes several times a day, depending on what is going on in the world. Last Friday, November 15, during the Episcopal Church's State of Racism webinar, one of these alerts was about charges being filed against Theodore Paul Wafer in Detroit for shooting Renisha McBride in the face as she knocked on his door, looking for help. McBride, the victim, is Black. Wafer, the accused, is White. This is the quote that caught my attention: "Asked if race was an issue, the Wayne County prosecutor, Kym L. Worthy, at a news conference Friday morning, said, "Race is not relevant."

Forum explores 21st century opportunities in second half of life

Active seniors offer much to our congregations. How can our ministries best foster their gifts and skills? On December 5 at 7:30 pm, join Professor Bill Sadler at CDSP to discuss ministry with people in the "third age." Sadler is professor of sociology and business at Holy Names University in Oakland. The evening will include a panel with Sadler, CDSP Professor Emeritus John Kater, and faculty from the Pacific School of Religion including Dr. Horace Griffin, Dr. Boyung Lee and acting PSR President, the Rev. Dr. Stephen L. Sterner.

"A new life stage (third age) emerged in the 20th century as life expectancy increased with a 30-year life bonus," says Sadler. "We are challenged to tap our creative potential and redesign our lives to sustain second growth--to experience personal fulfillment and to make a difference in our world."

CDSP hosts live webcast

On November 15 from 11 am-1 pm, CDSP and the Diocese of California will host at CDSP a live webcast of a 90 minute forum on the state of racism in America. The event, which will originate at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi, is sponsored by the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Mississippi. PBS commentator Ray Suarez will moderate the event, which will include a keynote by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori (CDSP MDiv '94, DD '01) and two panel discussions. Learn more.

The first panel, titled Racism in America today - why does it persist?, will include:

Since 2008, CDSP has hosted an annual colloquium of the Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission (APLM). This year's colloquium takes place on November 14 at 7:30 pm in the Tucson Common Room. Professor David Holeton, professor of liturgics on the Hussite Theological Faculty at Charles University in Prague, will speak on "An Agenda for Prayer Book Revision." Bishop Mary Gray Reeves of the Diocese of El Camino Real will give a response to the lecture and members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Watch the colloquium live online by clicking here.