2 Corinthians 13:14
Who are we?
Visitors to our parish often tell us that we're the best-kept secret for Sunday worship in the Upper Valley. We don't mean to be a secret. We are a small parish. It's part of our charm. Our small size allows us to be welcoming and caring towards each person.
We're Anglicans. That means that we trace our history and traditions back to the second century when Christianity was first brought to the British Isles from Rome. This long history means that we often look and sound like we resemble parts and pieces of other "flavors" of Christianity. Sometimes this is due to Anglicanism influencing other expressions of Christianity; sometimes this is due to Anglicans being influenced. More often, it is due to a shared spiritual heritage that has been adapted to the unique experiences of Anglicans as they have worshiped through history and around the globe.
We're classical. We respect our spiritual heritage and seek to carry it with us. Just like the "classics" of literature, our heritage shapes where we are going, but it also becomes something new when it encounters us in our lived lives. We are not just passive recipients; we are also actively engaged in living out this spiritual inheritance.
We're liturgical and sacramental. Our worship service is structured by the Book of Common Prayer (1928) and the American Missal. But our worship is not just limited to church services. Our sacramental life means that we recognize the sacredness of God's presence in all sorts of things and activities. We celebrate the seven sacraments and live our lives with sacramental meaning.
Rev. Stephen P. Rugg, MDiv, STL
Fr. Rugg is a scholar-priest who seeks to connect the life of the mind with the Life in the Church. Working within Biblical Studies, his academic work combines literary theory, philosophical hermeneutics, and historical inquiry to produce theologically relevant readings of the New Testament texts. He is a contributing member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association.
Fr. Rugg's pastoral expertise centers on trauma theory and counseling. He has worked previously in hospital chaplaincy and is available for pastoral counseling or spiritual direction.
Fr. Rugg and his family reside in Canaan, New Hampshire and enjoy exploring the outdoors and living sustainably on the food they grow on their farm.