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Too Much, Too Fast, Too Crazy

Posted by John, 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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Making Room and Seeing Who is Around You

Posted by Heather, November 12, 2015

Several years ago, I read a scholar commenting on the creation passage in Genesis 1. This person (whose name I cannot remember) observed that if God was all in all before the creation, that in the act of creating God would need to make room for the creation to exist. For there to be light, galaxies, stars, and planets, God would need to make room. For there to be water, land, and plants, God would need to make room. For there to be animals of all kind, as well as humanity, God makes room.

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My Spiritual Playlist

Posted by Melanie, October 28, 2015

I have certain books I cannot be without and I bet you do as well. For me, after the NRSV version of the Bible, my list includes The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis; The Cloud of Unknowing (author unknown); The Practice of the Presence by Brother Lawrence; Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton; and The Testament of Devotion by Thomas R. Kelly.  I have many other beloved books in my spiritual library, but these serve as my cornerstones, my go-to’s, my playlist.

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Come and Play

Posted by Matthew, October 21, 2015

Last Saturday, I found myself sitting cross-legged in a circle of adults, all of us on the floor of an immaculate elementary school classroom. It was around 8:30 in the morning. Way too early to be awake on a day off, let alone awake and sitting on the floor of someone else's classroom. I was beginning to think I should have, in fact, asked for that extra shot of espresso after all.

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Keep on Keepin' On

Posted by John, 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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Chicken Tenders and Jesus

Posted by Jason, August 26, 2015

Those who know me well know that I’m not a “foodie.” As a friend of mine put it, “I eat to live, I don’t live to eat.” Given a choice of any type of food at any price, I’d likely always choose bar-b-q or Mexican food. Fancy food is wasted on me. So, it should not come as a surprise that I find myself drawn to particular fast food chains.

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Cabin on the Cliffs

Posted by Melanie, August 12, 2015

Why would any woman in her right mind, desire, or need,  rent a cabin alone in the middle of the summer for two weeks, a cabin that overlooks the river and sits on a cliff, a place that ensures either loneliness or alone-ness, why would her desire be so great? 

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Reflections following last night's Stewardship Meeting at Christ Church

Posted by John, July 15, 2015

At the moment, the Stewardship Committee at Christ Church is a small band of disciples – even now being reconstituted – not knowing exactly what the challenges and obstacles will be found on the road ahead. Like Abraham and Sarah called by God to journey to the land of Canaan even as they were unsure of the way, the Stewardship Committee (and all of us at Christ Church) shall forge forward led by the inspiration and generosity of God. As Abraham and Sarah trusted, even and especially in the face of doubt and bewilderment, they fulfilled God's will. They believed and trusted that God would guide and care for them along the way. (Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1)

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The Deepest Identity

Posted by Heather, June 17, 2015

A couple of news stories have me thinking about identity. To be honest, I haven’t delved deep into either story but it has been hard to avoid surface-level stories about Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner or Rachel Dolezal (the NAACP local branch executive whose racial background is white but who identifies as black). These are people who have changed their outward identity dramatically. Both would say, I think, that they have tried to make their inward self-identity match with what the world now sees externally. Their quest to do this is not unique – I’m guessing that each one of us has tried to do that at one point or another. 

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Why talk about race and reconciliation?

Posted by Heather, April 8, 2015

Some of you know that I led, along with Chris Hamby, a reading and discussion group this Lent on race and reconciliation. Our sessions were grounded in a small book by Archbishop Desmond Tutu called In God's Hands. This was the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent book for 2015. In this book, Abp. Tutu wove some stories from the struggle against apartheid in South Africa with reflections on various passages from the  Bible which tell the story of God's love for us.

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