Charles Allen

About Charles Allen

Fr. Charles Allen is an Episcopal priest who has served GraceUnlimited since 2004. Rather than providing all the answers, he prefers to ask a lot of questions, and he welcomes yours, too.

Awakening Trustfully to All That Is Involved in Being Here: One Form of Christian Theism

For me and those spiritual leaders I most respect, faith, first and foremost, is awakening trustfully to all that is involved in being here.When I follow through with this as thoroughly and consistently as I can, it becomes one kind of theistic [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:38:03+00:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Theology|Comments Off on Awakening Trustfully to All That Is Involved in Being Here: One Form of Christian Theism

A Prayer for Final Exams

Ever-Present Wisdom, in times of examination inspire our minds to respond truly and fully. Grant us courage to receive others’ judgments gracefully and creatively. And keep us ever mindful that nothing can separate us from the love your enfleshed life among us [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:38:25+00:00April 29th, 2019|Categories: Theology|Comments Off on A Prayer for Final Exams

For April 28 (Easter 2, Year C)

John 20:19-31 (online here)We always hear about Thomas the Twin and his doubts on the second Sunday in Easter. That, John tells us, is when it happened—the second Sunday in Easter. I don't think anybody had come up with a Church Calendar [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:12:36+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For April 28 (Easter 2, Year C)

Pyre: God in Process

[This is for a group discussion on process theology at Pyre, a young adult collective supported by GraceUnlimited. There’s a more long-winded discussion here.]In one sentence, what is process thought? Reality constantly engages us as a boundless ensemble of ways of newly [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:38:49+00:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Theology|Comments Off on Pyre: God in Process

For April 20, 21 (Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday, Year C)

(Readings online here and here)[Delivered at the Easter Vigil, but the same Gospel lesson (Luke 24:1-12) can be used on Easter Sunday] You know, what’s really disconcerting about tonight’s Gospel lesson is that nobody actually saw the risen Jesus—at least not yet. Did [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:12:48+00:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For April 20, 21 (Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday, Year C)

For April 19 (Good Friday, All Years)

(Readings online here)At the Passover Seder it’s customary for a child to ask, “How is this night different from all other nights?” And the answer is a peculiar one. To paraphrase, “What makes this night different is the way it connects us [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:13:26+00:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For April 19 (Good Friday, All Years)

For April 18 (Maundy Thursday, All Years)

(Readings online here)In the entire rhythm of our church year there are two services that affect me most deeply. One is the Easter Vigil. This is the other one. One starts in darkness and ends flooded with light and sound. The other, [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:13:35+00:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For April 18 (Maundy Thursday, All Years)