A message from our Rector and Bishop about Election Day 2016: Voting is one of the great privileges of being a citizen of the USA. In these past few months, the tone of the election process has been more negative than usual, but this should not be discouraging. No matter the results, we and every Episcopal Church in America, will pray for the president-elect on Sunday, November 13. The Prayers of the People always include petitions for our elected officials. This is one of the unique hallmarks of the Episcopal Way, as many churches do not pray for elected officials on a regular basis as we do. When we look at the life of Jesus in our Holy Gospels, we are reminded that true religion, which emboldens us to act both as individuals and communities in ways that are loving and moral, means we as followers and disciples of Jesus Christ encounter the process of politics in a fairly natural manner. I remember advising one of our sons before his first time voting. “Who should I vote for, Mom?” was the question. But instead of offering a name, I suggested, “Find something that you are passionate about – something that is important to you and the community. Go to the website of the candidates and read up about that subject. Listen critically to their speeches, and then go and vote the best way you know how.” I am proud to say that both my sons, members of the Millennials generation, have voted in every national election since they turned 18. Our Diocesan Bishop, Eugene Sutton, offered some thoughts about the election process in a letter shared at the clergy conference a few weeks ago. Copies are available on d on the Diocesan website. Listen critically, pray, and if you have not already voted, go and vote on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, pray for the President and Vice President-elect and for all elected officials. –Anne+
Anne+ is the Rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Lappans. She says, "the title 'Holy Lady"'dates from my time as a College Chaplain in the 1980's. The students dubbed me "Holy Lady" as they greeted me on the campus. People often ask "What shall we call you?" when meeting a woman priest for the first time. I often humorously tell them, just call me " THe Holy Lady" before going on to tell them I am comfortable with my baptismal name, Anne."