Have a Seat

The Episcopal faith has often been described as a three-legged stool. Holy Scripture, tradition, and reason are described as the legs which in balance, hold us steady.  All in all, a fairly decent metaphor.

Except that every stool I have ever seen also has a seat. And this seat is what is holding the entire thing together, and it is the part with which we have the most contact.

So what is the seat?  What is the point of connection for these three pillars of support? What is it that takes those three equally important elements and makes them something useful? Something that gives us just that extra bit of reach, an extra place at table for the unexpected guest, or a place to rest when our weary, and very human legs cannot support ourselves another moment.

Perhaps community will serve. Because, for my part, all the Scripture, tradition, and reason don’t mean a thing until I reach out and support my fellow man.



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St. Alban's Parish is a vibrant and diverse Episcopal Church in Washington, DC near the National Cathedral. We come from every walk of life, every culture and context, and every corner of this region. St. Alban's Parish is active in the city, engaging social issues, and making the reconciling love of Christ known in word and deed. We have ministries for children, youth, young adults, adults, and the elderly. We have outreach programs that address homelessness, poverty, the environment, and hunger. We believe in being open and inclusive to all people no matter disability, age, income, gender, race, or sexual orientation. We welcome the faithful, the seeker, and the doubter, because God's embrace is wide, and God's good news is for all people. We want you to come, participate, grow in God's love, and become a part of the Body of Christ at St. Alban's!
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3 Responses to Have a Seat

  1. Monica welch says:

    I agree wholeheartedly. Yesterday afternoon at St. Alban’s was a good example. When one of the legs, Reason, felt wobbly, community bolstered it.

  2. Elizabeth Fisher says:

    I think the children in the Atrium would chorus “Love!” — and I would add St. Paul’s words in I Cor. 13:4-13, the great Hymn to Love.

  3. Jan Grogan says:

    Way to go, Annemarie. Why haven’t we mentioned the seat in the past? Community is the essential part, eh?

    Thanks, Jan

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