Hello, and welcome to the St. Paul's Parish Blog! I am honored to be writing the first of many entries here by parishioners and others who are close to St. Paul's. Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to comment!
Why a Blog?
The internet is becoming more and more a part of the daily lives of those of us who attend St. Paul's, and of the people who visit us looking for a new parish home. This blog is intended for both. For parishioners it is my hope that this will be a place for conversation and expression for us. I will be asking St. Paul's folks to speak up here - from posting updates and reviews on important developments and happenings in the parish to personal reflections about spirituality, worship, and our life together.
The other purpose of this blog is to more fully express the voices of our parishioners on the web. This is linked to our homepage, and visitors to our website and our parish will be able to click their way here to experience in more detail what is important to us, what issues we're thinking and writing about, and hopefully get a better idea of who we are.
But this is just the beginning! I think there's room for this forum to go in many directions, and I'm really curious to see what happens!
Advent on the Internet
All during Advent I'll be posting reflections on the season by St. Paul's folks, and links to other Advent related posts or tools that I find in my wanderings around the internet. I'll start with this:
Diocese of Washington Online Advent Calendar: I found this via the Episcopal Cafe, which is a great starting place for those of you who are curious about what's out there for Episcopalians in terms of blogs and other internet resources related to Episcopal Spirituality and life. The Advent calendar is quite wonderful, with a new page becoming available every day that has links to meditations, an Advent Podcast, giving opportunities, and a picture of pieces from the creché exhibit at the National Cathedral.
I think I'm going to sign off on this inaugural post! Welcome to our blog, and please check back soon for more!
-Alissa Newton, Junior Warden.