Sunday Services

We offer a spoken services of Holy Communion every Sunday at 8:00 am and Choral Holy Communion of the first, third and fourth Sundays of each month, and Choral Morning…

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Order Fall Fair BBQ Now!

Support us with our goal of raising funds for our Church & School Order delicious, slow-cooked, mouth-watering briskets, pulled pork, turkey breasts or ribs from Friars of Saint Thomas’ –…

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Choral Evensong

Join us for a service of Choral Evensong featuring music of the Tudor Era for choir and viol consort Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm. Sung by the Choir…

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Autonomy and Divine Justice

autonomy and divine justice

by David Browder There is a deep and inherent disconnect in the human condition that is the source of much tension and consternation. We desire complete and unfettered personal autonomy and, at the same time, we long for divine justice. Personal autonomy is located in the subjective: to be autonomous is, literally, to be “a law unto oneself”. Divine justice is located in the objective: divine law and the justice that undergirds it is true and right for all of humanity. But divine law negates or seriously limits personal autonomy. The Disconnect in Action on Social Media and in the Arts You can see this irreconcilable disconnect work itself out on social media. On the one hand, people assert their personal values, beliefs, or actions and demand affirmation from others. On the other hand, these same people seek divine, objective justice for those who don’t fit their view of the world. You, the reader, can see how poorly these two actions fit together. We also see this disconnect at work in the art we consume. Sometimes, we cheer on heroes…