It keeps surprising me, how little it takes to make these stones feel vibrantly alive. An icon, a flower, a candle, and then just let its beauty open up!
This might have been the highlight of the week: the friends who gathered together for the Vigil: [pictured R to L]: Rabbi Darren Levine (Tamid) was in the house for the weekend. He and I have celebrated Yom Kippur and Passover for years at St. Paul's Chapel. Saturday night I heard the readings with new resonance, and celebrated our personal and congregations' friendship with even great affection. Mary Gates, who is the priest of the local congregation meeting Sundays here in the chapel (and leader of a Buddhist sangha up the hill); we have quickly become close colleagues and friends, and she will certainly have an influence in the spiritual possibility of this place. Clayton Crawley, one of my closest friends of many years, with whom I'm in a life-long clergy colleagues group, came over with his husband, Roy, from their upstate NY home. And a Trinity parishioner - Ryan Campbell and his friend Aron, were in the hood and joined us. With a few other local congregants who joined us we celebrated Resurrection simply and truthfully. This is Real.
The New Fire [photo courtesy of Ryan Campbell]
Singing the Exultet with a Vigil candle from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem [photo courtesy of Ryan Campbell]