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Guest Blog Review of Insurrection

Posted on: August 28th, 2012 by Robin Jarrell

Peter Rollins, Insurrection Let’s face it.  Christian churches in the United States are in rough shape.  Survey after survey tells the same sad story.  One in eight adults has left Christianity.  Church members are walking away at four times the rate that new ones are coming on board.  The number of Americans who designate themselves […]


Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by Robin Jarrell

Recently, I’ve gotten fondly attached to a wonderful program on BBC (and available online through ‘hulu’) called ‘Rev.’  The show is centered around the tiny and declining parish of St. Saviour’s of the Marshes in urban London, whose Vicar (Adam Smallbone) and spouse (Alexandra) both struggle with all things Church. It is well-written, superbly acted […]

Write the Vision

Posted on: June 9th, 2012 by Robin Jarrell

Here are Mother Robin’s notes for our Vestry “retreat.”  We met at my house, brought a dish to share.  After some time being together, we shared a blessing and began. Mother Robin brought to the table her crochet illustration about our expectations of ministry.  She was taught to crochet by a wise priest who told […]

A Harley-Hosanna

Posted on: April 2nd, 2012 by Robin Jarrell

I used to joke to my seminarian friends that what I really needed in a savior was someone the scary demons would be afraid of.  Not Jesus meek and mild, but Jesus on a big ‘ole Harley-Davidson.  Sporting  a bandana.  I say this because one of the most wonderful people I know (generous, kind, loving) […]

Making Saints

Posted on: March 14th, 2012 by Robin Jarrell

It’s not just the bishop of Rome who has the privilege of bringing the historical lives of holy people to the attention of the world.  If I remember correctly, nigh onto almost a decade, my bishop enjoined me when I was first made a priest to “equip the saints for the work of ministry….” Equip […]

What’s Religious about “Downton Abbey?”

Posted on: February 8th, 2012 by Robin Jarrell

I am SO hooked on the PBS series “Downton Abbey.”  I’m a glutton for any kind of period piece really, but this one is especially well done.  It’s filmed at the real “Highclere Castle” in Hampshire in the UK and is written by Julian Fellowes who is famous for his “Gosford Park.”  Well, I say […]

Divine Economy

Posted on: January 23rd, 2012 by Robin Jarrell

Speech given to a Press Conference at Representative Maribito’s office, with the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and the Associated Press.  Friday, January 27, 2012. I’m not an expert in creation theology – but I take my theological position from the idea of “divine economy” – that we are stewards in the management of God’s creation and that […]

How Would Mary Wait?

Posted on: December 6th, 2011 by Robin Jarrell

In this season of Advent I have already enjoined each of us to all help one another in our Ad-venture of waiting for the Christ child to be born in the womb of our hearts.  And so that leaves me thinking:  How would Mary wait? It’s a question that may be as impossible to answer […]

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