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Close Friends of The Farm
  The Rev. F. M. "Buddy" Stallings is Priest-in-Charge at St. Bart's after serving as Vicar from March 2008 to January 2012. A wonderful wordsmith in his own right. Buddy's "Thinking It Over" is published here on the Farm's "A Few Good Writers" section, with the kind permission of St. Bartholomew's, one of our favorite churches. You may recall that Buddy was "The Voice of the eMos" for years; you can still hear his Mississippi rendering of Barbara Crafton's prose in the Audio eMos section on the Farm prior to August 2008. Buddy resides in Manhattan, NY.

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  The Rev. Matthew Moretz is the creator of the "Father Matthew Presents" series of video blogs. The light-hearted pieces focus on issues of faith and ministry from the perspective of an Episcopal priest; a close-up view of the Episcopal Church in the 21st century. In Fr. Matthew's words, "My faith journey began at the Church of the Good Shepherd while being raised in Augusta, Georgia. I had some excellent mentors as an adolescent. I discerned a call to the priesthood during and after my undergraduate at Davidson College." At the end of the summer, 2007, the Rev. Matthew J. Moretz, formerly on staff at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Yonkers, accepted the position of Curate at Christ Episcopal Church, Rye, NY. Currently, Father Matthew serves as Associate Rector alongside Buddy Stallings at St. Bart's in NYC. He lives in Westchester with his wife Melanie, a doctoral student at Fordham University.

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Let Us Pray
  For more than seven years now since that fateful day on 9/11/01, The Presidential Prayer Team has been the source millions of Americans have turned to for encouragement and inspiration to pray for America, our President, our national leaders and our Armed Forces.
  One of Barbara Crafton's favorite sites: here is so much about contemplative prayer that never forgets that righteousness and justice are part of our call, too. Take a look. Also be sure to examine The Mercy Blog, the blog that goes with The Mercy Site - An online diary, notepad and general scrapbook, with links, thoughts and other electronic scribbles of interest to Mercy Site readers.
  The Online Daily Office can be a godsend.
  Gazing at these exquisite images as they unfold is, itself, a prayer. One work of maybe a dozen artists, shown to us by Episcopal Church Visual Arts, a new project.
  Nancy Roth is a treasure of the Church. Visit her website and get to know her through her meditations and her books.
  The National Bible Association, whose mission is encouraging the reading of scripture, has a number of neat things on its website designed to help those who can't seem to find the time to read the Bible, or who think they don't know how. For Christmas, my friend Greg gave me a daily email from them: a Bible verse and a lovely photograph from nature, to look at and praise God all over again for the world's great beauty. I always close my morning prayer with it, right before writing the eMo.
  For all things Episcopal, nobody does it better than Louie Crew: so humane and funny that one almost forgets how immensely informative he is, Louie brings a lifetime of scholarly training to his daily examination of the life of faith as it is lived in the Anglican communion.
  Fr. Thomas Keating is one of God's more graceful gifts to the spiritual seeker. This website is full of information and encouragement about many spiritual practices, especially centering prayer and lectio divina.
  Dianne Robbins was born and bred in New York City. She felt the call of "art" early in life and began her career as a fashion illustrator, graduating from Fashion Institute of Technology. For fifteen years her work appeared in The New York Times before she moved into the advertising world. Her works adorn the covers of several of Barbara Crafton's books and areas of The Geranium Farm's website.
  Brian's Take on the World, Faith, and Religion is an often-provocative set of musings by Fr. Brian McHugh. Brian McHugh has been in ministry for 40 years, 15 as a monastic, 25 as a parish priest, presently in Arizona.
  Claire Joy's "Flavor of the Month". There's a real dark side to being flavor of the month. (I've experienced it more than once.) Look at how God treats His "chosen people" in the Old Testament. One minute they're chosen, the next a rebellious and stiff-necked generation. You can't ever believe your own press. Good to keep in mind. Life is short... laugh when you can, cry when you must, keep your balance and keep breathing...
  Lisa Fox's "My Manner Of Life". I'm a progressive Episcopalian raised in the South and now (thanks to a job change) living in the conservative Midwest. I worship at Grace Episcopal Church here in Jefferson City. I love the Episcopal Church, which rescued me from a life of wandering meaningless and gave me a way to explore my faith and belief in God. On any given topic, I am prone to yammer-on way too long. Sometimes I ponder way more than I should. And right now I'm pondering Blogger's challenge to define myself in 1200 characters. is a multifaith website on ways to practice spirituality in everyday life. You'll find book, audio, and film reviews; ideas and links for 37 essential spiritual practices; e-courses; online sharing forums and practice circles; contemporary spiritual teacher profiles; inspirational quotes; video and audio clips; articles; daily celebrations; discussion guides; galleries and art meditations; blogs; and more.
  Catherine, a native Oregonian, was raised a conservative Baptist, baptized a Methodist and confirmed an Episcopalian. The following excerpt is taken from her blog, Come to the Table: "I invite you all to come to the table, His Table, and be nourished, fed, cared for, accepted and loved as He does us. The door is open, welcome to the Episcopal Church."
  My name is Gordon Atkinson, and I'm the pastor of Covenant Baptist Church in San Antonio. I started Real Live Preacher as an anonymous blog back in December of 2002. My only goal was to write honestly and well.
  Episcopal priest Elizabeth Eisenstadt is one of the Church's most trenchant journalistic voices.

Read her most days on her blog, Irreverent.
  For good reviews of books and movies and many other things, from a broad spectrum of perspectives including, but not limited to, Christian ones, Spirituality and Health is a rich magazine, online and in print. It began as a ministry of Trinity Church Wall Street.

  Arising from an Episcopal perspective, is a website intended for intelligent seekers of any faith --hospitable and affirming of the spiritual journey. It is a calmer site than, which is very broad, but so packed with pages it's a little overwhelming.
  Weavings is a magazine everyone who cares about the things of the spirit should take a look at.
  The Living Pulpit is intended for preachers, but would interest anybody. Each issue has a theme.
  The Sun is a fine magazine, with wonderful writing and fine photographs. It subtitles itself "the magazine of ideas".
  A publication of the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life (ARIL), Cross Currents is nothing if not erudite. But it is also beautifully put together and challenging.
  For intelligent pithy commentary on everything under the sun -- and under the Church -- sign up for the daily musings of Lane Denson, "Out of Nowhere". He is the editor of the occasional journal The Covenant Journal,, which offers its readers essays and satire. Goes right to your inbox. Just go to to get it in your inbox, or click on RSS feed available.

  CD - Tracing one woman's rediscovery of her personal, inner connection to the Divine, the songs from Sofia's Table echo experiences of many women on this path. Covita's open-hearted vocals, soaring melodies, and rich instrumentations invite the listener into a sacred space of unconditional acceptance, where everyone has a place.
  CD - SAVAE takes a bold step toward recreating ancient music of the Holy Land — including original prayers of Jesus, sung in his native Aramaic language, sacred Levitical music from Jerusalem’s Second Temple, and Essene chant from the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  SCULPTURE - This series of bronze sculptures looks at Christ's passion from Mary's perspective. They reflect the emotions Mary experiences as she observes Christ enduring the 14 Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross have many parallels with the Life Journey we each undertake. It is through this passage of pain and suffering that we can grow and acquire wisdom.
  HOLDING CROSSES - Jack and Carol run, a family business dedicated to serve the Lord through the ministry of the cross. They work with wood to make crosses that are cut, shaped, sanded and scupted to bring out the natural beauty our Lord gave each piece. Each cross takes time. Every cross is prayed for. All of the crosses are crafted with care and love. Every cross will be unique and different because the wood, grain, color and contour are considered when working the wood with care to preserve the simple natural beauty of the piece.
"The folks at Holding Cross are super! They are custom-designing a cross for me to give as a gift and they could not have been any nicer!"
- Rachael Taylor quoted in the Farm Message Board
  Naturally, Barbara Crafton's and Q's doctor is also a standup comic. But his devotion to preventative healthcare and desire to spread medically reliable information about ways to stay well, increase energy, make exercise a part of the day's routine, lose weight and just become healthier has made him a lifesaver. Visit his website at

Spiritual Direction and Retreats
  Time for JOY is a weekend retreat designed for young women living stress-filled lives, be they single, married, divorced, working in the home or outside the home. The purpose of the retreat is to provide experiences which affirm and encourage young women in their spiritual journey. Through the introduction of simple soul-tending skills the person is reconnected with her spirituality.
  Affiliated with the Episcopal Church since 1928, Kanuga Conferences is situated on 1,400 mountain acres near Hendersonville, North Carolina, with scenic Kanuga Lake at its center. We welcome more than 35,000 guests annually to the year-round conference center, Camp Kanuga, Camp Bob Summer and the Mountain Trail Outdoor School.
  An excellent thumbnail description of spiritual direction is offered by the Shalem Institute, a highly regarded ecumenical Christian organization for contemplative spirituality. Shalem offers programs, retreats and training in spiritual direction.
  A venerable retreat center in the gorgeous Delaware Water Gap region of Pennsylvania, Kirkridge has always had a slightly activist bent. "Picket and Pray" was its motto at its inception.
  The Center for Christian Spirituality at General Theological Seminary is a good resource for training, referral help and retreats and quiet days.
Nuns and Monks
  The Brotherhood of Saint Gregory is a Christian Community of the Episcopal Church, whose members follow a common rule and serve the church on parochial, diocesan, and national levels. Members--clergy and lay, without regard to marital status--live individually, in small groups, or with their families. They support themselves and the community through their secular or church-related work, making use of their God-given talents in the world while not being of the world. The trust that all labor and life can be sanctified is summed up in the community's motto: Soli Deo Gloria, To God Alone the Glory. The Brotherhood was founded on Holy Cross Day 1969, by Richard Thomas Biernacki, the present Minister General, after consultation with many Episcopal and Roman Catholic religious.
  The Community of the Holy Spirit
  Society of St. Francis. An Anglican order for men. The Third Order, or tertiaries, are people who live under a vow but in the world, and have a website that would be useful to anyone.
  Order of the Holy Cross
  Society of St. John the Evangelist - Cambridge, MA. The Society of Saint John the Evangelist is the oldest religious order for men in the Anglican church, founded by Richard Meux Benson at Oxford, England in 1866. The Society is a community of lay and ordained brothers who take life vows of poverty, celibacy, and obedience. The brothers maintain a monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a retreat house in West Newbury.
A Few Good Churches
  The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and the seat of its Bishop. Its pastoral, educational, cultural, and community outreach programs serve the needs of a diverse City, Nation and World.
  Since the first services were held in Bethlehem Chapel, Washington National Cathedral has opened its doors to people of all faiths as they have gathered to worship and pray, to mourn the passing of world leaders, and to confront the pressing moral and social issues of the day.
  Grace Cathedral in San Francisco integrates the ancient and the new with courage and delight.
  In Dalton, GA, St. Mark's is thriving, welcoming, always teaching, and very joyful.
  Always something interesting to see at St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco.
  St Bartholomew's in New York: Good sermons. Good welcome. Good music. Good people.
  St. John's in the Village: Lovely Anglo-Catholic liturgy. Fine sermons. Good music. Intimate setting.
  Church of the Mediator in Meridian. A wonderfully lively and loving Southern parish.
  At Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Pomona, the colors of the icons, stained glass windows, and the San Damiano cross fill the worship space with warm hues of gold, brown, blue, and red to surround the worshipping community with feelings of warmth and reverent joy.
  If you are looking for a closer, personal relationship with Jesus, you're in the right place. Come join us at St. Peter's by the Sea in Bay Shore, NY and we'll find that joy together. If you want to spiritually nourish your family in the fellowship of active, sincere Christians, you'll fit right in here. If you seek the liturgical beauty and spiritual solace of worship in the Episcopal faith tradition, welcome home.

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