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Sarah Puryear

The Rev. Sarah Puryear lives in Nashville with her family and serves as priest associate at St. George’s Episcopal Church.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: The gold standard in children’s education

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd exhibits confidence in the gifts God has given the Church, and calls the whole child to encounter God.

2 pitfalls, 3 activities, 3 books: best practices for youth confirmation

This past Sunday we welcomed our bishop for his annual visitation and for confirmations, which is always a joyous day for our youth confirmands,...

Why ‘Joy to the World’ isn’t a Christmas Carol

When Isaac Watts wrote “Joy to the World,” he was reflecting on Psalm 98 as part of his hymn series entitled The Psalms of David Imitated: "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth."

Resource round-up: faith at home

The good news is that there are so many wonderful and creative ways to do faith formation in the home. Making faith a part of our family doesn’t require that we spend hours sitting in straight-backed chairs while someone reads from the Bible in a monotone voice, nor does it require a divinity degree or encyclopedic knowledge of the Bible on the part of the parents. It does require time, attention, and conversation, as we create habits that help us acknowledge Christ and his presence within our homes.

In praise of subculture

If David Campbell is right, and subculture is necessary for a church to grow and endure across time, then we in the Episcopal Church need to get serious about creating culture.

Lambeth’s Benedict Option

An interview with the Rev. Anders Litzell, who serves as prior of the Community of St. Anselm at Lambeth Palace.

Wooing millennials with tradition, not pyrotechnics

I consider it a blessing that most of our Episcopal churches are poorly set up for fog machines. We, at least, cannot rely on quick fixes.

Our selves, our souls and bodies

Tara Owens’s book Embracing the Body has reminded me of how essential the physical dimension of worship is.

Treasure the Pearls

The Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman explores the words of each woman who speaks in the Bible.

Poem: After an ice storm on Ash Wednesday

  Ice fell from the sky last night, and tree branches now bear its weight. We heard them groan and crack in the dark, gun shots ringing out...