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Hospitality, Hon


Every Thursday, we get together and have a discussion about Christian Theology and Social Justice.

Yesterday, 1/23/2014, we had a visitor.

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Hebrews 13:2

Ufo, one remarkable dude, came to the Baltimore Diocesan Center yesterday to tell us about his remarkable journey: from Nigeria to Brazil, and then from Brazil to San Diego, on foot.

“Hospitality has changed me, and the way I see things,” he said, elaborating upon the people who had helped him along the way. Between Erica in Brazil and St. Marks’ parish in Pikesville, his journey has depended upon the everyday citizens he’s met. While he’s seeking asylum, he can’t receive benefits and he can’t work, but the hospitality of others has assisted his journey.

Our group discussed hospitality and how it comes into play in our lives, our home, and our internship. Some of us discussed the hospitality we’ve accepted at the hands of those less fortunate than us and how it’s opened our minds to the humanity of the Baltimore poor.

Alternatively, we’ve offered hospitality to our community, offering our time and energy toward the health and comfort of others. Of course, that’s what ESC is all about.


Winter Retreat @ the Bishop Claggett Center

The weekend of January 11th, our corps members goodbye’d Gilead House and saluted Station North on our way out of Baltimore toward Buckeystown, MD for our Winter Retreat at Bishop Claggett Center.

We were pretty pumped, considering we’d had an awesome time during our October Fall Retreat, as evidenced by our primo photography.1375718_10153396788675788_873923887_n 1376338_10151642023342563_546699037_n Claggett1 Claggett2 Claggett3 Claggett4 pandolfineass walkerjan

Though it’s only a little bit away on the map–
Retreat Path
The Claggett Center provides a perfect rural environment for a trip away from the city, especially for our rurally sourced interns from western Virginia, Maryland, and rural North Carolina.

Upon arrival, the first instinct among some of us, was, of course, to frolic:IMG_1073IMG_1072IMG_1071

Pictured are Taylor and Trevor doing said frolicking in the sunset.

We were, of course, well-stocked for our adventures:
As they say of Episcopalians, wherever there is a fourth, there will be a fifth.

Anyone noticing a theme, here?

And with all that alcohol, we obviously behaved like party animals, as evidenced by the below raucous debauchery:

Though our beloved Chaplain couldn’t make it, we had a lot of fun with Jan, our director, and Laura, the director of our Theological Thursday sessions.staff
Laura is the tall one in the back and Jan is the short one in the front.

There was plenty of learning and teaching this trip, most of it having to do with fibers:IMG_1107 IMG_1097Above, Walker sheers Trevor’s mane and Taylor teaches Meron to crochet a baby blanket for her anticipated nephew.

And as always, the Claggett interns were a fun addition:
Here’s Kate pictured with Nate and Keith.

IMG_1113 IMG_1110 IMG_1094 IMG_1093And as always at Claggett, we found a bit of time to hike in the woods. I took lots of Instagrams.

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On the last day, we were satisfied with our journey as one big, awkward family. Thanks for having us, BCC!

Bio #1: Your humble blogger, Guinevere Norman


What’s your name? Hey! My name is Gwen. That’s me up there, with my pink-haired baby sister.

Where are you from? Elkton, MD! I went to school in Frostburg, MD.

That’s here!


Hold your applause for my fabulous artwork cough

What did you do before ESC? I went to school at Frostburg State University in the western panhandle of Maryland; I studied history and economics but mostly fell in love with hiking and Appalachian living. After that, I moved back to Elkton, where I worked as a librarian, tutor, and volunteer of all sorts.


That’s me in green with just some of the lovely people I met in Frostburg.

What drew you to Episcopal Service Corps? I love to volunteer and commonly volunteered in social-justice-minded churches helping with things like soup kitchens and food pantries. I was feeling a little restless with library work and decided to explore social work as well as life in Baltimore, the only major area in Maryland that I hadn’t yet lived.


That’s Jessica and I exploring what Baltimore has to hike!

Where are you working? I worked at Earl’s Place, a non-profit transitional housing facility for men downtown, doing marketing and fundraising. Next week I’ll switch to case management at the House of Ruth, a domestic violence shelter in town.

Tell us a little bit about your hobbies and interests. In addition to being your resident Gilead House blogger, I’m Gilead House’s resident atheist; I love to cook & eat, knit & crochet, sew, and generally get crafty. Aside from that, I love to hike, travel, watch Star Trek, collect ’70s punk records and study history and economics; I’m also a big fat socialist.


I like O’s games, too!

What’s next? After Episcopal Service Corps I’ll be staying in Baltimore to teach Special Education through Teach for America. I hope eventually to attend graduate school for Economics. Until then I’ll be living here with some of the best people I’ve ever met, hiking, crafting, and painting each other’s nails.

Where can we stalk you?  instagram, pinterest, and yelp. I love yelp so be sure to add me!