‘And the angel(s) said to Mary…to Joseph…to the Shepherds…do not be afraid’
(From the Christmas stories recorded in the Gospels of Matthew & Luke.)
The fears of our ancient brothers and sisters were real. The Angelic promises of hope and peace was incongruous to the terror facing impoverished people living in an occupied land. The angelic pronouncement seems incongruous to us as we face the terrors of the modern age-global conflicts, violence, political upheaval and environmental disasters. In this Sacred Space let us once again hear the songs of the Angels, heralding Peace and Goodwill.
Rev. Dawn Volpe is a woman who loves life in all its forms (except bugs and rodents). She especially loves nature…gazing upon it from her picture window. Forays into the wild, not so much. She thinks an overnight stay at a Motel 6 is ‘roughing it’. A native New Yorker, she embodies all the stereotypes — bombastic, opinionated, strange accent, assertive. If she had to work with her hands, she’d starve. She has attempted over the years to master sewing (fail), cooking (not a fan), quilting (‘sigh’), crocheting (fail), drawing (Jesus wept). Fortunately, she enjoys her ‘day job’ as the pastor of Ephraim Moravian Church. She is wild about her husband, Bob — firefighter, first responder, baby-whisperer extraordinaire. She and Bob raised son Robert and shooed him from the nest into the wilds of Illinois. He turns up every now and then to reclaim his room, which mom has appropriated. If Dawn’s not in her office, you’ll find her at a coffee shop or restaurant, if you take a spill, Bob will be right by your side and you’ll find our boy turning up in his mom’s stories.