Summer Gross

Summer Gross

Writer

Summer Joy Gross is a spiritual director, writer/poet, and ordained Anglican priest. These days Summer fits ministry in between homeschooling and soccer practice while her husband, Canon Andrew Gross, works on behalf of Archbishop Foley Beach. Together, Summer and Andrew love to tent camp (with a view), kayak the islands around Bar Harbor, and eat their way around the world. While she craves the barbecue of Atlanta, where they live, Summer is completely sure that heaven is a long table overlooking the Tuscan countryside. Her words and lectio divina videos find a home at aThirstforGod.com.

A Family Liturgy of Thanksgiving

Posted on November 16, 2017
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I found them in her dining room tucked into a lowboy drawer: a sandwich sized Ziploc bag of corn kernels.  I looked around at the china hutch still full, her table shrunk small.  She had passed away just a week before. She was red-haired spunky but always full of welcome. We had driven to Akron…

9 Simple Ways to Deepen Your Time in the Word

Posted on September 26, 2017
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If in-depth Bible study is like a day on a commercial fishing boat in a yellow slicker, hauling in the catch, exhausted at the end of the day, scripture meditation is more like pulling up to the table with a salmon roasted in white wine chatting about the catch with a good friend. The first…

An Easy Way to Get More Scripture in Your Life

Posted on August 29, 2017
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Introducing The SLOW Word Movement, a weekly lectio divina subscription for Anglicans: What if you could sit back and push play and have a spiritual director help you to meditate today on next Sunday’s scripture? Right where you are. Right in the midst of the press of everyday life. What if you could begin preparing…

Silence

Posted on September 22, 2016
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Intentional silence, even for a mature Christian, can often feel either scary or superfluous. But when we make time for silence we are carving out space for transformation. My first experience of communal silence was on a visit to a French Benedictine monastery. It was a field trip from Canterbury to Le Bec Heloin the…

Silence and Centering Prayer

Posted on June 23, 2016
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I’ve been a priest for 12 years and love being steeped in our rich, Anglican tradition. This year I’m doing a spiritual direction certificate and writing a monthly journal right here where I’ll be exploring how the spiritual disciplines can be a gift for our ancient-future church. Always first and forefront in my mind is…

Join Me on a Journey in Spiritual Direction

Posted on May 19, 2016
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I’m in North central Ohio for the week starting a spiritual direction certificate program. When I was ordained as an Anglican priest, I began doing spiritual direction off and on for parishioners and priests from other churches. Others may feel like just another part of a job, I always feel like taking off my shoes…