Entries by Latesha Kelly

Memorial Day Reflection

Earlier this year I was able to attend a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider led by the Presiding Bishop of the Lutheran Church, Elizabeth Eaton. Present were also a number of military chaplains who have served for many years, an important reminder of the many chaplains of many faiths who minister during […]

Extra! Extra! It’s Bible Sunday!

Where do you get your news?  Washington Post, Fox News, theSkimm, WSJ, NPR, Twitter?  The choices are endless and we all have our favorite sources for the events of the day.  In D.C. we tend to be news junkies.  Theologian Karl Barth famously said that Ministers of the Word of God should preach with the […]

A Personal Reflection from Mark

Two weeks ago, my father Thomas Joseph Willey died after a long decline at 80 years of age. In November of 2014 I got a call from my step-mother Barbara that my father had been hospitalized with critically low cardiac output and if I wished to see him alive I should get there as soon […]

Finding Joy

In Wendell Berry’s poem, “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front,” Berry gives us this counsel: “Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.” I highly suggest you sit down for a few minutes with this seminal poem of his, and consider how strangely counter-cultural his suggestion is. I find most weeks a plethora of […]

Witnessing a Baptism

It is so wonderful to be celebrating another baptism on Sunday. Each time is an opportunity to talk about the meaning behind the sacrament. Who can get baptized? What are the requirements? What exactly “happens” when the water hits your head? Ideally everything that happens in a worship service can serve to testify to God’s […]

Looking for Hope on Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is a day of hope, on the eve of the drama of Holy Week. Jesus comes into Jerusalem, and the people line the streets with the hope that this man, Jesus, would bring justice and restoration to his people. This Palm Sunday, we’ll have an opportunity to participate in a tangible act of […]

Born. United. Sent. Series Finale: “The First Lord’s Supper”

Throughout the Middle ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods, churches were the primary means of support for composers. The support structure diversified somewhat through the Classical period, as an emerging audience for secular concert and opera music began to emerge. But churches remained an important component in the flowering of art and culture. One of the […]

Special Music this Sunday

Last month, on a Valentine’s visit to see Joy in Paris, we set out on foot from Joy’s apartment in the Marais. Traveling South, we crossed the Seine on the Pont Notre-Dame and climbed a hill towards the Panthèon, where located next door is the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont. It was here that composer, organist, and teacher […]

A Lenten Journey

When you start to climb a mountain, you fill your pack with as much water and food as you can carry, you add a few essentials and set off on your adventure. As the hike progresses you go through different phases—excitement, curiosity, determination, regret, despair, hopefulness, exhaustion, resolve, and finally exuberance. When you complete your […]

A Lenten Prayer

A Lenten Prayer Excuse our poor prayers Lord, for our throats are dry. Our lives are a mix of sin and righteousness. We follow you, but our hearts are broken–distracted by the cares of the world. We hear your good news, and rejoice for a moment, but your promises seem so far away. And yet, […]