Spirit Soundings

Spirit Soundings is the Blog of our Executive Presbyter, Rev. Ruth Santana-Grace

Making Our Way to GA223

June 8, 2018 Dear Brothers and Sisters on the Journey, In just one week, your elected commissioners and Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD), other leaders facilitating General Assembly conversations, along with your Stated Clerk, your Associate Presbyter and your Executive Presbyter will find themselves at the 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis, Missouri, meeting from […]

The Promise of a Pentecost People by Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.” (Acts 2:1-2) As the voices sang the opening choral number, “The Call,” the words filled the […]

The Unlikely Encounter of Monasticism and Me by Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace

“We seek to be nourished by Christ in Word and Sacrament for our own participation in the work of God – nothing less than the drawing of all peoples into reconciled community through participation in the mysterious, self-emptying love of God’s suffering and vindicated servant, Jesus.” (SSJE Brother Jonathan Maury) The first time I approached […]

Emerging in Faith by Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace

“With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – I Have a Dream speech) As one approaches the Jefferson Memorial, you can see the towering marble figure from almost any angle. The intentionality of the visibility – reminding us […]

Leaving Those Strips of Linen Behind by Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace

“But they (the apostles) did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.” Luke 24:11-12 (NIV) Jesus Christ is risen! He […]