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A Publication of Christ Episcopal Church
May 7, 2020
Christ Episcopal Church
Seattle, WA
4548 Brooklyn Ave NE 98105
(206) 633-1611
All in-person operations are suspended at Christ Church until further notice during the outbreak of Covid-19 in order to keep the community healthy, including Sunday services.

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Letter from the Rector
Hello friends,

Lots of good news this week.  Chris is recovered from COVID and will be presiding this week and next!  He is eager to be back doing the work he loves and is called to.  Zoom coffee hour was sweet - it was beautiful to see your faces.  We are also rolling out some more weekly events, a regular evening prayer, a trivia night, and hoping to restart Compline.  This week I met with the students, had some pastoral phone calls, had a webinar from the diocese about new legislation for churches housing shelters in the building, staff meeting.  Next week will be Vestry.  We're in conversations with our lawyer and our land use lawyer, about getting the groundwater tested at CEC while the building is mostly empty, from the contamination from Carson's Cleaners. 

Kathy Chamberlain did a spectacular job persistently seeking and applying for our Payroll Protection Loan, and it was approved this week!  If you have a spare card or postcard to send her thanking her, she certainly deserves it.  She's been a rock star. 

We are tremendously grateful for the people who have been proactively giving, keeping us financially afloat during this unruly time, ensuring vulnerable people in our neighborhood get their needs met, and ensuring there is a functional church to return to when we can!  Others among us have needed to lessen their giving because of the financial hardship of this era, including lay-offs.  If you are in a position to be able to help a little above and beyond to help offset some of that lost income, we would be very appreciative.  You can find a variety of ways to give here:
One difficult piece of personal news is that my dad is determined to go back to Sitka, and the safest time to do so is while lockdown practices are still being enforced.  There are no COVID cases in Sitka at this time, and a low-income ADA apartment is available.  This has been a complex decision, and has left some wounds.  So we are working on that this month.  The staff has been exceptional right now, taking pieces off my plate until my dad is officially moved.  I am very grateful for them.  Please keep us all in prayer. 

I also have been deeply moved by returning to the office to find small piles of cards, of the cards that have come to my house, and the e-mails you have been sending telling me about your life, and offering prayers for all of us.  I feel nourished, seen, and cared for.  What a lovely place to serve, in a troubling time.  I am grateful for you. 
With love,
Presiding Bishop's Message to the Church
May 4, 2020
A Word to the Church
The Easter Season A.D. 2020
“What Would Love Do?”
Jesus calls us; o'er the tumult
of our life's wild, restless sea,
day by day his clear voice soundeth,
saying, "Christian, follow me"
Text of Hymn 549, verse 1 – Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-95), alt.
Throughout the Book of Common Prayer there are rubrics, those small or italicized words that don’t always catch our eye, that provide direction and guidance for how a liturgy or service is to be conducted. Rubrics tell us what must be done and what may be done. They limit us and they give us freedom. They require us to exercise our judgment. And when we are at our best, we exercise this judgment under God’s rubric of love.
Jesus tells us things like: Love your enemies; Bless those who curse you; Do unto others as you would have them do unto you; As you did to the least of these who are members of my family you have done to me; Father, forgive; Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, all your strength. This is the first and great commandment and the second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus makes it abundantly clear that the way of unselfish, sacrificial love – love that seeks the good and the well-being of others as well as the self – that love is the rubric of the Christian life. 
This rubric of love is seen no more clearly than in the twenty-first chapter of the Gospel according to John.
When [the disciples] had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.” (John 21:15-19)
The death of Jesus had left his followers disoriented, uncertain, and confused, afraid of what they knew and anxious about what they did not know. Thinking that the movement was probably dead, the disciples went back to what they knew. They tried to go back to normal. They went fishing.
They fished all night but didn’t catch a thing. Normal would not return. When the morning came, Jesus showed up on the beach, alive, risen from the dead. He asked them, “Children, have you any fish?” They answered, “No.” Then he told them to cast the net on the other side of the boat. They did and caught more fish than they could handle. And then, Jesus invited them to breakfast.
After having fed his disciples, Jesus turned to Peter and three times asked him, “Do you love me?” Three times Peter said, “Yes.” And Jesus said, “Feed my lambs,” “Tend my sheep,” “Feed my sheep.” In this, Jesus told Peter what love looks like. Love God by loving your neighbors, all of them. Love your enemies. Feed the hungry. Bless folk. Forgive them. And be gentle with yourself. Follow me. You may make mistakes, you may not do it perfectly. But whatever you do, do it with love. The truth is, Jesus gave Peter a rubric for the new normal – God’s rubric of love.
Today, like Peter and the disciples, we must discern a new normal. COVID-19 has left us disoriented, uncertain, and confused, afraid of what we know and anxious about what we do not know. Our old normal has been upended, and we hunger for its return. 
I do not say this from a lofty perch. I get it. There is a big part of me that wants to go back to January 2020 when I had never heard of COVID-19, and when I only thought of “Contagion” as a movie. Looking back through what I know are glasses darkened by loss, I find myself remembering January 2020 as a “golden age.”
But of course, January 2020 wasn’t perfect, not even close. And anyway, I can’t go back. None of us can go back. We must move forward. But we don’t know for sure what the new normal will be. Fortunately, God’s rubric of love shows us the way. 
In her book The Dream of God the late Verna Dozier, who was a mentor to me, wrote:
Kingdom of God thinking calls us to risk. We always see through a glass darkly, and that is what faith is about. I will live by the best I can discern today. Tomorrow I may find out I was wrong. Since I do not live by being right, I am not destroyed by being wrong. The God revealed in Jesus, whom I call the Christ, is a God whose forgiveness goes ahead of me, and whose love sustains me and the whole created world. That God bursts all the definitions of our small minds, all the limitations of our timid efforts, all the boundaries of our institutions [The Dream of God, Verna Dozier, Cowley Publications (1991), Seabury Classics (2006)]
Kingdom of God thinking is already happening. God’s rubric of love is already in action. I’ve been watching bishops, priests, deacons, and lay people of our church following Jesus in the practices that make up his way of love and doing things we never imagined. The creativity and the risk-taking – done with love – is amazing.
We’ve been trying, making mistakes, learning, regrouping, trying anew. I’ve seen it. Holy Week and Easter happened in ways that none of us dreamed possible. I’ve quietly read Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline online with you. I’ve seen soup kitchens, pantries, and other feeding ministries carefully doing their work in safe and healthy ways. Zoom coffee hours, bible studies, and small discipleship groups. I’ve seen this church stand for the moral primacy of love. I’ve seen it, even when public health concerns supersede all other considerations, including in-person worship. That is moral courage. Who knows, but that love may demand more of us. But fear not, just remember what the old slaves use to say, walk together, children, and don’t you get weary, because there is a great camp meeting in the Promised Land. Oh, I’ve seen us do what we never thought we would or could do, because we dared to do what Jesus tells us all to do.
As our seasons of life in the COVID-19 world continue to turn, we are called to continue to be creative, to risk, to love. We are called to ask, What would unselfish, sacrificial love do?
What would love do? Love is the community praying together, in ways old and new. Love finds a path in this new normal to build church communities around being in relationship with God. Love supports Christians in spiritual practices. Prayer, meditation, study. Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest.
What would love do? Love calls us to care for our neighbors, for our enemies. Love calls us to attend to those in prison, to those who are homeless, to those in poverty, to children, to immigrants and refugees. Love calls us to be in relationship with those with whom we disagree. 
What would love do? Love calls us to be gentle with ourselves, to forgive our own mistakes, to take seriously the Sabbath. Love calls us to be in love with God, to cultivate a loving relationship with God, to spend time with God, to be still and know that God is God. 
Jesus says, Simon, son of John, do you love me? 
Jesus says, Michael, son of Dorothy and Kenneth, do you love me? 
Jesus says, Do you love me? 
Jesus says, Follow me, and take the risk to live the question, What would love do?
This, my friends, is God’s rubric of love. This, my friends, is God’s very way of life.
In our joys and in our sorrows,
days of toil and hours of ease,
still he calls, in cares and pleasures,
"Christian, love me more than these."
Jesus calls us! By thy mercies,
Savior, may we hear thy call,
give our hearts to thine obedience,
serve and love thee best of all.
Text of Hymn 549, verses 4 and 5 – Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-95), alt.
God love you. God bless you. And may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.
The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
Forward Day by Day - Copies of Forward Day by Day are available to be mailed from the church. Please email Cara if you would like a copy mailed to you. Please do not attempt to pick them up yourself.

Dear Real Rent Supporters,

We hope you are well,

Even though the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center has had to close the doors to the public, cancel all events and tours we will still continue with our mission.

We plan to support Tribal members with food stipends and monies to support them in this hard time. We have had many Tribal members seek support. The staff here is working hard to provide all these necessities to them in a timely manner. We can support the Tribal members during this pandemic because of your generous donations. We know this is a hard time for everyone and we will get through this if we continue to support one another, together we can accomplish anything.

We raise our hands in gratitude!

Christ Church acknowledges that we gather on the land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish people, who are a people still living.

Christ Church discretionary money has gone and will continue to go to pay rent to the Duwamish, to acknowledge that our institution participated in the removal of ancestral owners of this land, and to begin to make material repair to those who have been harmed.

Christ Church encourages individual worshippers to likewise offer this form of confession and sacred amends at All funds go directly to Duwamish Tribal Services (DTS) to support the revival of Duwamish culture and the vitality of the Duwamish Tribe.

The U District Partnership will continue to send out resources and information for individuals and small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is information on the most recently released resources and news.

Visit our website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get the most up-to-date information and learn more about how you can support small businesses and individuals in need in the U District. We are here to support you, and thank you for doing your part to support our community.

We are also continuing to operate all of our Business Improvement Area programs: Clean and Safe, Economic Development, and Community Voices in the Public Realm. You can expect updates on our programming and priorities in the coming weeks. Find more information here.
Joys of the Week
Joys of the Week is meant as a medium to keep connected with each other during the Covid-19 outbreak, when we cannot share fellowship with each other in person. No joy is too small! If you have a joy you would like to share, please email a photo or a story to Cara at
Dear friends,

This week I bring you a literal representation of one of MY favorite palindromes, the tacocat. This piñata was hanging from one of my neighbors' balconies earlier this week for a party - which they should not have been holding at this time - and ended up on ours by this morning. It's completely unbroken and empty, and the tag is still attached, but I cleaned it as best I could and brought it in anyway. 

I hope you are all hanging tight; I'm glad to work with all of you and to share your company online during everything and of course, please do send me your joys.

Carrie Cabush's ongoing role as intern at Christ Church has been community engagement: contacting businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations in the U-District to find out what sorts of services they provide and how Christ Church might fit into wider community work. Thank you Carrie!

I am continuing to reach out to our neighbors in the University District for the community needs assessment, and this week I  got to speak to Moe Khan, owner of Cedars Restaurant and Board President of Wasat, a nonprofit that “creates space to connect people and explore the American Muslim experience through art, love, and learning.” Since the pandemic started, Cedars has been providing meals for frontline medical workers and Wasat is now providing free Iftar meals during Ramadan. What a beautiful and delicious way to show neighborly love!
An afternoon guest, social distancing. (Joan Pedersen)
Lilacs in bloom at the Willis abode (Gail and Don Willis)
Rhododendron Bow Bells (left) and a tree peony in Joan Burton's garden!
Shelly and Moses walked to Kubota Garden and soaked up the sights.
Staff at Christ Church
The Rev. Shelly Fayette, Rector                         
The Rev. Carla Robinson, Associate Priest    
The Rev. Chris McPeak, Curate                        
Henry Lebedinsky, Music Director and Organist
Cara Peterson, Parish Administrator                   
Heidi Hansen, Director of Children and Youth       

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