Samaritan Community Gala!

Please Join 
The Samaritan Community at Its
Movie Night Gala at The Charles

Please join Samaritan Community for an evening of food, fun, and film at its annual Movie Night Gala. Enjoy tasty food from Tapas Teatro, decadent desserts, our highly-anticipated
silent auction, and a marvelous movie of your choice at the historic Charles Theatre.
All proceeds benefit Samaritan Community and its human services programs.

Monday, May 20, 2019
Reception starts at 5:45 pm
Showtimes vary, starting at 7 pm

The Charles Theatre
1711 N. Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

 $75 per Regular ticket 
   ($45 tax-deductible)

$100 per Patron ticket 
  ($70 tax-deductible)

For more information about Samaritan Community, visit
To purchase tickets, visit

Memorial's Next Century Circle

On Sunday, March 31, we celebrated at a recognition tea the members of Memorial’s Next Century Circle. The Circle represents those who have included Memorial in their estate plans …

Seth Blackshaw, Beth Casey, Barbara Cates, Becky Clark, Fred Demers, Lois Eldred, Marian Grant, Monty Howard, Steve Howard, Earl Huch, Nancy Kelso, Connie Lieder, Grey and Monica Maggiano, Jesse Milan, Louise Miller, Bill Roberts, Paul Seaton, John Seeley, and Wendy Yap.

We were joined by The Reverend Charles Cloughen, planned giving official for the Diocese.

Many thanks to all for their loyal support.

Boltonstock 2019!

Boltonstock will be held in Sumpter park from 5-10PM on June 8th, 2019. 

Events include:

-Bolton Idol featuring performances from our own Baltimore City Kids! Guest Judges TBA

-Kids crafts activities 

-Food & Beverages

-Music from the Scotch Bonnets (Ska/Raggae)

-Community Organization Meet and Greets

-Local Vendors

Are you able to attend and help? Please let Fin or Hannah know!


New Beginnings #6


This past weekend I was at New Beginnings.NB is a Middle School Youth Event that is lead and run completely by High Schoolers. Most of the high schoolers grew up going to New Beginnings and want to give back in some way. This event is full of fun games and riveting talks done by the youth. These youth get up in front of everyone and share their own experiences with peer pressure, families, sports, and friends. It is amazing to see what these youth can do when we give them the chance to shine. The theme this year was “God knows the way” A take on a popular line from Moana. All the events and activities were “Moana” themed and it was really awesome. If you would like to learn more please come ask me this is an amazing event!

This was my 13th year going to a New Beginnings. I was in 6th grade when I went to my first one back in North Carolina. (they are one their 54th!) I ended up serving in an upfront leadership role for three years in High School and by the time I graduated I was given the opportunity to co-coordinate it. New Beginnings told me that its okay to be who I am that God made me this way and wants me to shine my light. I am working at a church with youth because of New Beginnings. God knows the way and he has brought me to start over with a New Beginning every year.

-Hannah :)

Please Enjoy some of these photos from the weekend!

The View From Bolton St

Reflection — Diocesan Convention - Memorial

If you remove the yoke from among you,

   the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,

if you offer your food to the hungry

   and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,

then your light shall rise in the darkness

   and your gloom be like the noonday.

The Lord will guide you continually,

   and satisfy your needs in parched places,

   and make your bones strong;

and you shall be like a watered garden,

   like a spring of water,

   whose waters never fail.

Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;

   you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;

you shall be called the repairer of the breach,

   the restorer of streets to live in.

Isaiah 58 9-12

This week the Diocese gathers for our annual Diocesan Convention at the Turf Valley resort outside of Baltimore.  Also this week, our Bishop, The Rt. Rev Eugene Sutton issued a Pastoral Letter to the Diocese on the issue of Reparations.  You can read the whole letter here. This is significant for a number of reasons, not the least of which is because Diocesan Convention has often been the site of very different attitudes around race.  It took almost a hundred years for African American Clergy to be given voice and vote at convention, and many of our Historically black parishes were kept in mission status (including our neighboring parish St. Katherine’s) in order to prevent them from voting at convention.  

The Diocesan Convention also refused for many years to vote to integrate Diocesan Institutions, including schools, hospitals, senior homes and after school programs.  These institutions weren’t integrated until more than then years after Brown v. Board of Education.

So it is important that the Diocese, and all of our parishes, take this letter seriously and spend time to ‘read, mark and inwardly digest’ this letter and what it means for us as a parish.  

Now you may have some reservations, even animosity towards the idea of reparations. This is completely understandable. The biblical concept of reparations has been so poisoned by the public dialogue around the concept that it is almost impossible to talk about in public.  None of that should matter for us. What DOES matter for us is that we are exploring the question not of ‘reparations’ as you read about in the New York Times or hear about on Fox News - but we are talking about ‘Repairing the Breach’ as Isaiah talks about in verse 58 above.  

Repairing the Breach is acknowledging a broken relationship and taking the steps to heal and restore the division and bridge the gap.  Scripture is replete with imagery - from Joseph and his brothers, to Ezra and Nehemiah reuniting Israel by rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, to Jesus’ work with the outcasts of Israel to bring them back into community with each other and with God.  But the most important biblical imagery (and scariest) is that of Lazarus and the rich man. If you remember this story, Lazarus begs outside a rich mans door every day and every day he is rejected. Many years later they both die and Lazarus is in Heaven with Elijah and the rich man goes to Hades.  And the scripture reminds us that ‘a chasm was FIXED between them.’ There was no more reparation possible. The breach was permanent.

We do not want our breaches to be permanent.  We should all engage in some thoughtful work on how to repair and restore those relationships, especially those relationships and communities damaged by America’s Original Sin - Slavery.

I commend this letter to your reading and hope you will read it openly and courageously. And perhaps contemplate what it means for us all.

20 New Trees Planted!

Thanks to Dick Williams, Memorial’s Green Team and Midtown Benefits District for getting 20 new trees planted in Sumpter Park today!

The View From Bolton St

He Is Risen! (And so are you!)

There are few times when God’s absence is noted as a positive - but Easter morning is certainly one of them.  And it is good news because on Easter we remember that the tomb is empty and that God is not dead.  The disciples, first the women, then the men, go looking for Jesus in the tomb but are asked (scolded?) ‘why do you look for the living among the Dead?’ 

Have you ever looked for the living among the dead?  Have you ever tried to determine your future path by listening to voices, worries, and fears in your past? I know that I have, and I’m sure you have to.  It is a natural thing to do! To let what has happened to us before determine where we go from here.  But in this Easter moment Jesus shows us not only that resurrection is possible for him, but that it is possible for all of us.  Peter was not held back by his denials, Mary, Mary and Martha were not held back by their status in society, even Thomas was not held back by his own doubts and fears (as we explore this Sunday).  Which means you should not let your past hold you back either. Easter is a good time to Dream about ‘what’s next’ for you, and maybe for us to Dream about what is next for Memorial? 

What should the Church look like in the 21st century?  How can we look more like ‘The Beloved Community’? Or perhaps better stated - how can we resurrect the Church for those who have forgotten all about us.

Between now and the end of June we will be looking into our past as we dream about the future. I look forward to hearing from you all, what you are looking for from the Church.  

The View From Bolton St

Joy and Pain: Palm Sunday and the Passion

“Why?” The regular church attending Episcopalian is prone to ask, “Do we read the passion on Palm Sunday?  Isn’t this supposed to be a festive day?” Quite a few will even suggest that ‘we never USED to do that.” Even I myself, in trying to remember the ‘old ways’ don’t remember the passion being read on Palm Sunday. Just the pageantry of the palms and ‘all glory laud and honor’ and the triumphant procession. 

What I have learned (and perhaps you have also learned) is that I was wrong.  In fact the Church has read the passion on Palm Sunday off and on since perhaps the beginning of the Church itself. Certainly as far back as the 300’s in Jerusalem.  So “why?” Why our dislike for this tradition and why do we ‘forget’ that it happened?

Well perhaps this practice exists to remind us how easy it is to forget.  As a people, it is often easier for us to remember the good things we have done than the bad things.  No one likes to remember their troubles and their calamities after all, and if we could make them go away we certainly would! And History is littered with the convenient forgetting of the evils done by us or on our behalf, even as we benefit from the outcomes today.  

So it is with Palm Sunday.  We LOVE to remember the palms, the procession, the celebration, the entry of Jesus as King into Jerusalem! But it is harder for us to remember his arrest, his condemnation, and his death.  Palm Sunday is a day when we are torn between Joy and Pain.  Between the height of Jesus ministry and the depth of his descent in to hell.  Holy Week is a time for remembering.  And while it may seem inconvenient, uncomfortable or just annoying to ‘remember’ Jesus death on a glorious spring day, it is important for us to remember.  It is important remember because in remembering Jesus’ death we are reminded that God remembers us in our own tragedies and calamities.  ‘Then God remembered Noah’ ‘Remembered Moses’ ‘Remembered his people Israel’. God remembers and comes for his people, just as God will come for us, if we, in turn can remember God and his son Jesus.  

Holy Week Passports


This year Holy Week Passports have come to Memorial! These passports are for the youngest to the oldest here at Memorial. Each service you receive a sticker marking your participation! Similar to when you travel you get your passport stamped.

These Stickers are fun but they also represent your spiritual journey during holy week. Each service there is a question to help you focus your thoughts on the service. There is also a chance for you to say the Lord’s Prayer. I urge you to take this time and cherish it during Holy Week.

If you would like a Passport but did not get one from my lovely helpers on Sunday stop by and let me know! we will also be passing out our first Sticker! See you Sunday!

-Hannah :)