Jul 12, 2020 |
Alexander Del Vecchio| Faith Stories Podcast
Alexander Del Vecchio
A couple of years ago on Father’s Day, I participated in my regular Sunday mass in Washington. It was similar to any other one, except for the visiting Bishop who was celebrating that Sunday. And during his homily the bishop wished all the fathers present a Happy Father’s Day.
Jan 26, 2020 |
David Fahrenthold| Faith Stories Podcast
Hello everybody. I want to tell you that one of the most important moments of my life in faith actually happened right over there, on the blue seats at the side of the Nave, on a summer Sunday just a few years ago. You might even have been here when that moment happened, but you probably don't remember. In keeping with the exuberant and charismatic traditions of our faith, when I felt the life-changing epiphany, I said nothing at all. In fact, literally the first time I shared what I felt at that powerful moment was at the 8 o'clock service today. But it was big, and what got me was a song ...
Dec 15, 2019 |
Sandy Mackenzie| Faith Stories Podcast
Apart from attendance at a memorial service for a friend who was a parishioner of St. Columba’s some years ago, I first attended St. Columba’s in the late spring of 2018, following a difficult period earlier in the year, when I had been hospitalized for many nights. I hale from Nova Scotia, grew up in Toronto, and being brought up as an Anglican, it was natural for me to join you lot when I moved to the United States some four decades ago. I had sporadically attended a number of churches in the area before coming to St. C’s. I was undoubtedly attracted to the ritual, music and language of the church, but I must confess, had become pretty skeptical about Christianity’s basic doctrines.
Dec 01, 2019 |
Jay Treadwell| Faith Stories Podcast
Good Morning Everybody, My history of faith is brief but not so spectacular, I would think. My first memory of any church was in New York where I lived. My mother was recently divorced from my father which I didn't know at the time. I would not declare truth or fiction as to whether there truly was a Santa Claus. We were walking home from The Brick Presbytarian Church where we theoretically were members on 91st Street in Manhattan and my mother would neither confirm nor deny that this character of Santa Claus ever existed. We had the habit of going to church at Christmas and Easter ...
Oct 27, 2019 |
Sara Glenn| Faith Stories Podcast
Good Morning! Shortly after I agreed to tell my faith story, well really almost immediately after I had agreed, I had a thought and maybe some of you can relate to this. I thought: Wait, did I just say yes? But here I am and I'd like to share a part of my faith story. It's the part I think about often, especially during stewardship season ...
Sep 29, 2019 |
Jessica Mullery| Faith Stories Podcast
Good morning everyone. For those of you who don't know me, my name is Jessica Mullery. My husband and I have been attending St. C's for about 3 years now. I don't have a major conversion story, but as we enter Stewardship season I wanted to share an area of my life where God has turned my heart. I have always been a frugal person. I began saving for a down-payment on a home at age 9 and, this is a true story, saved all my bank statements as a child, statements with sums as high as $87.13, in case I was ever audited by the IRS. Although I have given up my boxed bank statements, my zeal for saving has continued my all life.
Aug 18, 2019 |
Chip Somodevilla| Faith Stories Podcast
Good Morning, My family and I have been members here at St. Columba's since 2009. Like some of the others who have shared faith stories here before, I too was raised in the Episcopal Church. In the Church, I actually had several different families of different sizes. And each of these families helped inspire and instill in me a deep sense of service to others. My parents in fact chose their careers focused on serving others ...
Jul 21, 2019 |
Jennifer Turner| Faith Stories Podcast
My name is Jennifer Turner. Thank you for listening to this attempt to put something about my faith into words. One of my favorite writers and theologians, Frederick Buechner, says "Faith is better understood as a verb than as a noun, as a process than as a possession. It is on-again-off-again rather than once-and-for-all. Faith is not being sure where you are going, but going anyway. A journey without maps." I like thinking of my faith as a verb, as winding paths of present participles, loving, seeking, serving, sinning, repenting, praying, doubting ...
Jun 16, 2019 |
Marti Villarreal| Faith Stories Podcast
Good Morning, My name is Marti Villarreal. A little background: I am a cradle Episcopalian with several lapses. I have been active in the parishes where ever I have lived: Augusta, GA, Columbia, SC and Washington, DC; St. Augusta in SW and here. Our family has been at St. Columba's since 1978, but this story begins earlier in 1963. I was 27. I came to DC from Columbia, SC in early 1963 which is ancient history for many of you; it was before the Civil Rights Act, also probably before cell phones ...
May 19, 2019 |
Steve Smith| Faith Stories Podcast
This is meant to be a faith story, and I guess things don’t get a lot more personal than that. So let me start with a confession. I enjoy public speaking. But, when Jason asked me to speak here — today — about my faith — it felt a little like getting picked for jury duty. I mean, I looked forward to being in this pulpit at some point. Maybe one of the readings at Lessons & Carols? But, climbing these steps to stand before you to profess my faith was something I’d been content to avoid.
May 01, 2019 |
Alix Guerrier| Faith Stories Podcast
Good Morning everyone. Thank you for this chance to share my Faith Story. It has been a prompt for me to ask myself questions like why Catherine and I and our two girls come to St. Columba's every Sunday? What am I looking for? I'll tell the story in two parts: the first is about where church fit into my life when I was young and the second compares that to my life today...
Mar 31, 2019 |
Grant McNavage| Faith Stories Podcast
Good Morning, My name is Grant McNavagwe and I am a junior at BCC High School. When I was first asked to present my faith story, I was puzzled. I didn't hesitate to accept, but I was pretty nervous. All the other times I have been on this podium somebody else from a few thousand years ago has already taken the liberty of writing the story. To be completely honest, I really haven't experienced that much in my life yet ...
Feb 24, 2019 |
Marjorie Swett| Faith Stories Podcast
I have been at St. Columba’s for over 30 years now. I am a cradle Episcopalian. My father was a career military officer, and as a result we lived all over the world, including Central America, where I became keenly aware of the great gulf between rich and poor, and the wrongness of that fact. It was a formative experience, and has a lot to do with my choosing clinical social work as a profession...
Jan 27, 2019 |
Tom Bauder| Faith Stories Podcast
I would like to talk to you this morning about how my volunteering at Samaritan Ministry has helped me see connections between the words I say here and my behavior beyond these walls. I have not always felt this consistency. For quite a while, I felt a disturbing disconnect between words and deeds.
Dec 16, 2018 |
Courtney Hundley| Faith Stories Podcast
Good morning! Almost one year ago, I walked into a hospital room where a dear childhood friend lay dying of cancer. Having the opportunity to sit next to Christine’s bed, to hold her hand, talk to her and pray with she and Brooks, has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. It has been sacred moments such as this one where I have had the privilege of entering into the life of another during a vulnerable time, and where I have felt Christ sitting beside me and sharing in the pain, beauty and surrender ...