... the common thread .... is the sense of belonging.

Dick Dupuis

Dick Dupuis felt a powerful sense of “welcome” when he attended a Lakota sun dance in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He wonders if the sense of community he experienced during the ceremony might somehow be related a sense of place.

When I was thinking about this ... you know you drive any place and you see this sign a block or two away: “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You.” It’s something you notice and I think – well, this was something. They welcomed us. They said: “We are going to be worshiping God, and you can worship with us.” There wasn’t this sense of – you’re welcome to look at this. It was more – you’re welcome to take part in this. And somehow that got translated to me that – that they meant that. And I felt like I was part of the ceremony.

There is an appreciation of the Black Hills in that area that the Lakota people feel, and I think I could feel that when I was there. Looking out at the area that we were in – Pe Sla – is what it’s called, which means something like “thin spot.” I think it’s thin in the sense of “bald,” but also where heaven and earth are not so much separated.

I’ve experienced this before, especially when I’ve been in the mountain West, especially Glacier National Park, where you really feel the sense of place. It may be something to strive for in some ways, to really value where you are rather than thinking about stuff that’s out there, checking your Facebook page or something like that.

The importance of place that I learned about and the sense of community, as well – I guess the common thread they have is the sense of belonging – that you belong in a certain place. When you’re with a group of people that supports you, then that’s where you belong.

I hadn’t really thought about that before. Are those two things connected? I don’t know. But for me ... an awareness of the importance of place and an awareness of the importance of community – they happened to me at the same time on the same trip. That was my pilgrimage experience.

Regular Sunday Service Schedule: Returns September 24, 2017

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist

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This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.


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