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Martin Elfert

Martin Elfert
The Rev. Martin Elfert is an immigrant to the Christian faith. After the birth of his first child, he began to wonder about the ways in which God was at work in his life and in the world. In response to this wondering, he joined Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he and his new son were baptized at the Easter Vigil in 2005 and where the community encouraged him to seek ordination. Martin served on the staff of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, Wash. from 2011-2015. He is now the rector of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Portland, Oreg.

Stillness and Snow Days

But overnight, unexpectedly, the heavens opened – not with the drizzle that we know so well in the Pacific Northwest, but with the gift of snow.

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“Kindness can feel like it’s in short supply”

There is something about walking through the world in a generous way, in a loving way, in a compassionate way that makes everyone whom you meet a little bigger and a little freer.

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Seeing everything as sacred

The reality is not that nothing is inherently sacred. Rather, the reality is that everything is inherently sacred but that human beings, in our brokenness and self-imposed alienation from God, have declared that certain things are profane.

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