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Christmas Music in Advent

Posted by Heather, December 12, 2012

Once upon a time, I was an Advent purist. This was probably when I was in seminary and it was certainly before the girls were expressing their music preferences.

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The Power of Books

Posted by Pierce, December 5, 2012

We know we are nearing the end of the liturgical year when in our collect we read, “Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them...”

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One Glorious Ratatouille

Posted by Ann, November 21, 2012

In Last Sunday’s NY Times Review section, there was a wry piece by Anne Lamott. She has always been one of my favorite nonfiction writers. Her humility and humor as she searches for meaning and faith have always been an irresistible combination for me. (She currently has a new book out on prayer called Help. Thanks. Wow.)

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All tricks, no treats?

Posted by Jason, October 31, 2012

Growing up, Halloween was my favorite holiday. I forget at what age, but at some point my father had to issue the rule that I was not allowed to decorate the house for Halloween until after October 1.

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Two priests went into a bar...

Posted by Ann, October 24, 2012

Recently, I spent a week in Ireland to celebrate my husband’s 60th birthday. One night we found ourselves in a postage stamp of a pub in a tiny town in county Limerick.

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It's a balancing act, not perfection

Posted by Heather, October 18, 2012

There was a commercial for a perfume, Enjoli, that I remember seeing a lot when I was growing up. It had a memorable jingle. As a beautiful woman walked towards the camera, she morphed from being dressed in a business suit to everyday shirt with a skillet to slinky dress.

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Why We Pledge

Posted by Pierce, October 10, 2012

I am told people avoid church during stewardship month no matter where they go because they do not want to be asked for money. Ask them to serve meals at the shelter: “Sure.” Ask them to go on a mission trip to uphold the suffering: “Why not?” Ask them to join a Bible study: “What time does it start?” Ask them to be on the Properties Committee: “How can I help?” Ask them to remember their church in their will: “I’ll think about it.”

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Re-Leaf

Posted by Ann, September 26, 2012

These glorious, cooler first days of fall always feel like such a relief. A re-leaf! I always feel energized as the season begins. It’s wonderful to sleep with the windows open again and have the crisp air filling your lungs as you awaken.

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Sticks, Stones, Words

Posted by Heather, September 21, 2012

You know the old phrase and you yourself may have said it on the playground, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me.” Yet we also know that words do hurt when used in misguided ways, both on the playground and in the wider world. Words do hurt and can cause destruction, as we have been seeing across north Africa, the Arabian peninsula, and the Islamic world.

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Grieving Well

Posted by Pierce, September 12, 2012

This week we observed the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on our country. I recently officiated at the Pentagon’s weekly service for Episcopalians and their colleagues.

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