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Sunday, July 20, 2003

Canon/Chaplain at Grace

Interestingly, Canon Gregg Riley, the rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Monroe, LA, is also an Army chaplain in the Kansas National Guard. I plan to worship at Grace this morning before services at Auburn Avenue, and I hope I will have opportunity to meet Father Riley. Though never a member of Grace, I grew up around it; in fact, I went to preschool there many moons ago, back in the days of St Christopher's. I am encouraged by the introductory statement on Grace's website:

Grace Episcopal Church is a traditional Anglican parish committed to the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Holy Scripture and the Book of Common Prayer. We are a family-oriented congregation which includes a Pre-K through Eighth Grade day school. As a diverse Christian family we strive to share Christ's love and teachings with all people by increasing our outreach to the community, fulfilling our baptismal vows, and strengthening our spiritual growth and commitment to each other.
The phrase "traditional Anglican" is significant, as are the emphases on Jesus, Scripture, and the prayer book. This makes me wonder if the Diocese of Western Louisiana might be, overall, a comparatively faithful diocese in the ECUSA. I can only hope so.

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