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New Traditions

Posted by Chris, December 31, 2014

Here we are toward the end of “winter holidays” where school is still out, but the return is on the horizon, and new resolutions are being made. Some resolutions are the same, some are small, and some take a big mind shift. Family traditions are taking a big shift for me after this year.

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The Light Shines, Even in the Darkness

Posted by Heather, December 17, 2014

The news today is full of sadness. A massacre at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan. A veteran likely suffering from PTSD is suspected of killing several current and ex-family members north of Philadelphia. The aftermath of the hostage standoff in Sydney, Australia. Continued protests and prayer vigils that call for an examination of how America's criminal justice system works for, yet also fails, its citizens. And those are just the headlines of the day.

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Marriage and the Movies

Posted by Ann, December 3, 2014

Yesterday my husband and I saw the movie, The Theory of Everything. It is based on Jane Hawking’s book about her marriage to the physics genius, Stephen Hawking. Stephen is diagnosed with ALS in college and given two years to live, and they decide to marry anyway.  She then commits herself to enabling his life (which has lasted 50 more years) and work. They have three children together. The acting in the film is beyond glorious and little is sugar coated about the disintegration of his physical capabilities or the weight of it on her and their family. It is a beautiful and honest picture of a mature marriage, including their ability to let one another go as life proceeds.

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Praying, Listening, Hearing, and being open to the Journey

Posted by Heather, November 26, 2014

I’ve known the Very Rev. Mike Kinman, currently the dean of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, for six years now and knew of him before that when he was a college chaplain. I have followed the work he has done with other clergy in the St. Louis area since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri this past August. Here is one of the four things he asked in particular of his clergy colleagues last week:

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Whisper Words of Wisdom

Posted by Pierce, November 19, 2014

For some time I have had the grace of a transition process leading to retirement. It has been fortifying and healing. There is so much to be thankful for. I love the New Zealand Prayer Book prayer at nightfall:

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Beware of the manipulation of fear!

Posted by Ann, November 5, 2014

Someone posted a funny picture on Facebook last week of a sincere man looking at the camera. The caption says: “I just need to see a few more political ads before I can make my decision.” And then underneath it says: “This never happened.” No matter what side you’re on, I feel it safe to say that we are all grateful that election day brings an end to the political ads which are voluminous, misleading, and often a gross manipulation of fear.

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What's your path?

Posted by Pierce, October 22, 2014

I recently read an interview with English filmmaker and actor David Suchet. He spoke about growing up without religion but, to his surprise, became a Christian in 1986 at the age of 40 after reading Romans 8 in a hotel Bible. He later produced a documentary on St. Paul for the BBC. This is what he had to say about his conversion: “I‘ve always felt there must be something better than what we have here. And that certainly, for me, has never been found in a humanistic philosophy. I’m not impressed with us as human beings, with what we’re doing to the planet and each other.  We’re a pretty cruel animal.”

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Look up from your phone

Posted by Pierce, September 23, 2014

As social media becomes epidemic, one concern I hear repeatedly is the fear that we are abandoning an essential piece of our humanity as everyday experience becomes ever more virtual. I actually overheard someone say, “Why bother talking to anyone when you can text them a message!” Reliance on digital devices is accelerating and one wonders about the implications of a virtual world overwhelming our contact and learning from the actual physical universe. We have been “created from dust” but unto digital devices shall we return? As we lose touch with each other and diminish our presence to God’s glorious creation, aside from what we can squeeze out of it while on vacation, do we risk the hazards of artificial relationships that seem to have no limits of forever demanding us to be online?

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Art Inspiring Friends Inspiring Art

Posted by Ann, September 10, 2014

A few weeks ago, I gave myself the visual treat of taking in the Mary Cassatt/ Edgar Degas exhibit at the National Gallery, there through October 5. The paintings are gorgeous and to see the way these artists speak to one another, fostered by their artistic friendship was fascinating. I highly recommend the $5 audio tour.

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Prayer for the New Day

Posted by Heather, September 4, 2014

It was back to school this week for my daughters. They continue their journey through elementary school with its own joys and struggles. We’ve been having a variety of pep talks in the past week – getting the brain ready to be back at school, staying on task, being open to friends old and new – as well as reminders to be kind, to care for others, to embody our family’s values, and to live out their lives as Christians even in the school environment.

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