Hymn Guide: All Creatures of our God and King

Posted on October 4, 2023

“All Creatures of our God and King” is a favorite hymn of praise that exhorts all creatures to join in the great Alleluia to God. Based on Saint Francis’ Canticle of the Sun written around 1225, it reflects Francis’ core idea that we humans are siblings with all other creatures because God created us all….

The Feast of St. Francis: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on October 2, 2023

Perhaps it’s the novelty of bringing pets to church, but the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4th, is surprisingly popular amongst Anglicans. Indeed, it is as ubiquitous as statues of that “Little Poor Man of Assisi” in gardens. Francis, in fact, has maintained astonishing popularity across many Christian traditions and beyond for over…

Spiritual Preparation for Election Day

Posted on October 20, 2016

The third presidential debate is over. Thanks be to God. Both major candidates have made their arguments. Independent and down-ballot candidates have made their case for the presidency, too. American Christians have more than enough information to discern their presidential choice, even if discernment is ongoing and that choice has not yet been made. We’re…

Saint Francis in the 21st Century

Posted on September 8, 2016

The Rule of Saint Francis for regular people belonging to a secular order, known as the Third Order, was first penned in the early 13th century. Third Order Franciscans work their jobs, raise their kids, and live into the Franciscan ideas of generosity, love, and prayer while surrounded by, and participating in, the world around…