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Love: An Act of Will (Sermon from February 23)

Posted by Ann, March 5, 2014

And so the great thaw has begun. This week, in our wild and variable weather patterns we only had the threat of a tornado. Many of us have found ourselves positively giddy at temperatures in the mid-60’s. It feels different in your body, doesn’t it? It feels free. We are naturally more relaxed. My shoulders, which have been hunched against the cold since Christmas, are finally able to let go in the warm breeze and sunshine.

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Aligned with God’s Flow

Posted by Ann, February 26, 2014

Mini-Spiritual Direction with Rev. Ann

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Reunion

Posted by Ann, January 22, 2014

This past weekend I went to a reunion of my cabin at camp. I am now 56. The last time this group of girls saw one another we were 13. A profoundly formative experience for all of us, Killooleet, in Hancock, Vermont, was your classic 8-week sleep away camp, complete with rustic cabins, hiking, swimming, shop, drama, campfires and lots of folk singing.

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Oh my friends, He comes, He comes!

Posted by Ann, December 24, 2013

Can you let go of the protective covering around your tender hearts? Can you let the shopping and the parties and the baking and the busyness be still now? 

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Non-Judgment Day Is Coming!

Posted by Ann, December 1, 2013

I saw recently on Facebook a poster that had a beautiful sunrise and the words, Non-Judgment Day is Coming! My first impulse was to laugh. This is so different from the image of a doom and gloom judgment day where the world ends and only the righteous will be saved. But then I started to think how much judgment we participate in every day.

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Don't Look Away

Posted by Ann, October 30, 2013

I saw the movie 12 Years a Slave over the weekend.  Based on a true story, it tells of a freed black man, Solomon Northup, living in Saratoga, NY, before the Civil War. A talented fiddler, he is lured to Washington, DC with the promise of work. Instead, he is kidnapped and taken to New Orleans where he is sold into slavery. 

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Alleluia

Posted by Ann, October 2, 2013

Since I am so depressed about the US Government shutdown and outraged at the stubbornness and selfishness of our elected leaders, I am trying to think of other things that make me happy or that reassure me that things are going to be OK. Here are four of them:

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The end of summer ... sigh ...

Posted by Ann, September 4, 2013

Nothing says summer vacation more to me than getting lost in a book. As a teenager, I read Gone with the Wind in a single week in August, spending most of my time in various different positions of prone. As an adult, the Washington Post comes every day to our doorstep and we get the Sunday New York Times as well. I read a fairly steady diet of the New Yorker and Christian Century magazines, but a book, especially novels, suggests leisure and respite, an opportunity to disappear into another world.

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Reflections on the March on Washington

Posted by Ann, August 9, 2013

The August I turned six, my parents walked in the March on Washington. I didn’t understand why it was so important that my parents go to Washington to be part of the March, but I sensed the heightened anxiety around it. Theirs and mine. They were concerned enough about their safety that new wills were drawn up so that if anything happened to them, we would be raised by my Aunt Alice. That was a scary prospect. While they were gone, my brother and I stayed with her. She was cool and aloof, not particularly mother-y even though she had several children of her own.

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Spiritual Writing

Posted by Ann, July 11, 2013

I am getting on a plane in a few hours to attend a workshop on spiritual writing. The workshop is called Deepening Words. Twelve of us were accepted after submitting 3500 words of writing. Some of you know I have long desired to write the book of my story from Hollywood to priesthood and haven’t been sure how to get started. Or maybe even how to claim it. Or frame it. I have always been a writer of sorts.

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