Spirit Soundings

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

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 […]

Taking the Mountain Top Experience into the Valley by Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with […]

Wind, Wings and Renewed Strength by Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace

“…but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31) I suspect most, if not all, of us have images, songs, events, people or places that allow us to experience a […]