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Not Your Sunday School Noah

Posted by Ann, April 2, 2014

I saw the new movie Noah yesterday. And all it did was make me want to run and read my bible. I had seen the previews and knew that I was not about to see a literalist interpretation of the flood story in Genesis, but I think I was expecting to see more of God in it. Among the several artistic license additions to the story were some wild rock creatures that looked like ancient transformers who were fallen angels trapped in encrusted earth. They ultimately became Noah’s defenders (and they were mighty helpful building the ark), but ultimately they were destroyed and the angels were returned to God. These visual effects were wonderful, but did they enhance the story? Only for international sales perhaps. Once on the ark, Noah tells the story of creation to his family and there again, the evolutionary visuals are stunning. Likewise the flood is pretty impressive, but it is a relatively small part of the film. Noah is too busy being superhero, fighting off the wicked humans he encounters.

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Ash Wednesday 2014

Posted by Ann, March 7, 2014

One of the greatest gifts to me as a priest is the privilege to spend time with people as they are dying. To listen to their final thoughts and prayers, sometimes coherent, sometimes not. To match my own breathing with theirs. To hold hands with family and friends around the bed, to anoint with oil the forehead of someone right on the edge, to kiss the cheek of someone who has just passed over. It is as if I have one foot in this world and another in the next. And it always feels hallowed and beautiful.

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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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