The Rev. Sarah Puryear currently stays at home with her two children. Mostly recently she has served as associate rector and priest associate at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee. She grew up in Maine, land of lobsters and L.L. Bean, which she still claims as her home state, but she has lived in the South for so long that Y’all has now become part of her vocabulary. She was raised in charismatic and Baptist churches, and she started on the path to Canterbury after experiencing the liturgies of Holy Week for the first time in 2001. She received her undergraduate degree in English and ancient languages from Wheaton College and her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in 2008. She loves reading fiction, traveling, and spending time with her husband Dan and their two young children.
As a young child, one of the first Christmas songs I learned was "O Little Town of Bethlehem." I began to think of the song as sweet but a little schmaltzy until I learned that Philips Brooks wrote the song after visiting the town itself.
On a trip to the Holy Land in 2008, I found myself riveted by an unusual mosaic of Jesus on the Church of All Nations, depicting Jesus as our intercessor, kneeling at the center of the image with two groups of people flanking him.