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.

How Does Jesus Shape Your Understanding of God? (Seminar on Process Theology w/ Tripp Fuller)

The question I was asked to address is “How does Jesus shape your understanding of God?” But I can’t separate that from this one: “How does your understanding of God shape your understanding of Jesus?” And since this is a session on [...]

By |2019-09-18T13:46:04+00:00September 17th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on How Does Jesus Shape Your Understanding of God? (Seminar on Process Theology w/ Tripp Fuller)

For September 22 (Proper 20, Year C)

Luke 16:1-13 (online here) Jesus was not above challenging any rule that we think everybody should live by. This lesson is a prime example. A boss lets his employee know that he's about to fire him for mishandling money. Before he can [...]

By |2019-09-14T16:23:36+00:00September 14th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For September 22 (Proper 20, Year C)

For September 15 (Proper 19, Year C)

Exodus 32:7-14 (online here) This is a remarkable reading! God sounds amazingly vindictive, ready to wipe out the very people God had just freed from slavery—all of them, with the sole exception of Moses. Just as amazingly, Moses has the nerve to [...]

By |2019-09-09T13:01:52+00:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For September 15 (Proper 19, Year C)

For September 8 (Proper 18, Year C)

Luke 14:25-33 (online here) There are lots of people who associate Jesus with conservative family values. I guess they haven't been reading the Gospels. In today's lesson Jesus says, "Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and [...]

By |2019-08-31T11:28:29+00:00August 31st, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For September 8 (Proper 18, Year C)

For September 1 (Proper 17, Year C)

Luke 14:1, 7-14 (online here) Jesus seems concerned with how we use what ought to be celebrations as opportunities for advancement. Don't do that, he says. When you're a guest at a great banquet, don't use the invitation you get as a [...]

By |2019-09-01T13:18:23+00:00August 27th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For September 1 (Proper 17, Year C)

For August 25 (Proper 16, Year C)

Luke 13:10-17 (online here) Stories like this week’s Gospel reading tempt us to overlook how thoroughly Jewish Jesus was.* Here he gets in an argument with a synagogue leader over how to observe the Sabbath. And almost 2,000 years later, those of [...]

By |2019-08-24T10:50:03+00:00August 20th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For August 25 (Proper 16, Year C)

Recurring Events

Common Worship Join us on Sundays at 5:30pm for a meal followed by our 6:00pm worship service. All are welcome, no exceptions. When: Sundays, 5:30pm meal, 6pm worship (during fall and spring semesters) Where: Center for Faith & Vocation, 4615 Sunset Ave. [...]

By |2019-08-19T22:42:23+00:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Events|Comments Off on Recurring Events

Pyre: On the Trinity

“God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir through God.“ (Galatians 4:6-7) “God is love, and those who [...]

By |2019-08-19T15:42:05+00:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Pyre: On the Trinity

The “Transjective”

Here is where some ancient and current Christian writers and some ancient and current Buddhists find agreement: Separate objects and separate subjects are not ultimately real. Yes, they are distinguishable, and we can certainly call them real in a non-ultimate sense, but [...]

By |2019-08-19T10:01:22+00:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on The “Transjective”