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Not Suit and Tie Guys

Posted by Noelle, May 18, 2017

Several years ago, I came across this photograph by David LaChapelle from his series “Jesus is my Homeboy”. I find it, and the whole series, powerful images and poignant theological statements about who Jesus was and is.

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What Are You Chasing?

Posted by Noelle, March 22, 2017

Legendary preacher Fred Craddock tells a great story about a conversation he had with a greyhound once.  I’m a big fan of greyhounds.  I used to have a retired racer and she was a wonderful, devoted friend to me. Craddock’s story about his conversation with a greyhound speaks volumes to me during the season of Lent. What are you chasing?

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What Does the Lord Require of You...

Posted by Noelle, November 10, 2016

What does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6.8

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Practicing Metanoia

Posted by Noelle, June 23, 2016

In reaction to the horrific murder of 49 persons and the maiming of even more in a nightclub in Orlando, an outpouring of passionate responses—vigils, prayer services, blogs, editorials in the media around the world--including Bishops of the Episcopal Church---have appeared. These responses range from expression of condolence, love and support, to outrage. In all of them is the hope that the time for change has come, that America and Americans of all colors, creeds and faiths will embrace metanoia,

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Bearing the Seeds of New Life

Posted by Noelle, May 4, 2016

One of the more vivid images in scripture is that of the mustard seed, the tiny seed capable of growing into a majestic tree. Jesus offers the mustard seed as a metaphor or illustration suggesting that this tiniest of seeds can produce a great flourishing, abundant shelter for more feathered friends than could be imagined.     

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Beginning again; and again; and again in hopes of change

Posted by Noelle, February 24, 2016

"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."  Little Gidding

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What Will You Notice Today?

Posted by Noelle, December 8, 2015

The time of Advent and the days leading up to Christmas is a provocative time.  When I say, provocative, I do not mean the sensation of something provoking us, an irritant when the stressors of the season get under our skin.  But instead and in keeping with the Latin root of the word, provocative (pro-vocare) this is a time to “to call forth” raise one’s voice for something, to lift up one’s voice in support of an issue, cause or concern. 

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Too Much, Too Fast, Too Crazy

Posted by Noelle, November 19, 2015

Advent, the time of preparation for the coming of our Lord at Christmas is an opportunity and a blessing.  By it we are invited to reset our calendars and priorities.  For some, however, beginning a new liturgical year the first Sunday of Advent (Thanksgiving weekend) represents the onset of hustle and bustle, the cacophony of musts and shoulds, as well as regret.  Too much, too fast, too crazy. 

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The Shoe Tree

Posted by Noelle, October 1, 2015

Preaching on the occasion of a wedding is an interesting exercise.  In my experience, whatever words the preacher offers on such a special day for the couple and their families are often “forgotten” in the solemnity of the exchange of sacred vows, as well as the overflowing effervescence and joy of the bride and groom and guests. 

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Keep on Keepin' On

Posted by Noelle, September 9, 2015

Through the course of this summer many of us have had the opportunity to step away from the “usual” and the “everyday” with a bit of what the British call "holiday".  Holiday affords us the time and occasion to explore a bit beyond ourselves, to travel, to see what we have never seen, or perhaps to see something again with newly awakened and opened eyes; to see what’s really there.  For many, holiday is the chance to read. 

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